Search Results: "Robb Forman Dew"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER by Robb Forman Dew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2005

"Dew never finds a way past the blandness of her nice characters' lives."
Dew returns to the Scofield family of Washburn, Ohio, in this disappointing sequel to The Evidence Against Her (2001). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Despite stylistic lapses and a few bursts of preachiness, a reflective exploration of a mother's struggle with her attitudes toward homosexuality and a family's negotiation of difference."
A moving and honest account by American Book Award-winning novelist Dew of what she learned when her oldest son came out. Read full book review >

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FORTUNATE LIVES by Robb Forman Dew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 1992

After her mediocre second novel (The Time of Her Life, 1984), Dew resurrects the Howells family from her stunning debut, Dale Loves Sophie to Death (1981), and proves, once again, that common sense and elegant prose can transform ordinary lives into compelling fiction. Read full book review >

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BEING POLITE TO HITLER by Robb Forman Dew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2011

"The fictional characters, so vivid in The Evidence Against Her (2001), have paled as they have aged, and even the passions of the younger generation are too muted to engage the reader."
The third installment of Dew's portrait of the Scofield clan of Washburn, Ohio (The Truth of the Matter, 2005, etc.), focuses on the aging of matriarch Agnes. Read full book review >

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THE EVIDENCE AGAINST HER by Robb Forman Dew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2001

"Although Dew's stately pace requires patience, particularly at first, the fictional world she creates becomes irresistible and hard to leave by book's end."
From American Book Award winner Dew (Dale Loves Sophie to Death, 1981; a memoir, The Family Heart, 1994, etc.) comes a leisurely, deceptively formal, quietly ambitious exploration of love in turn-of-the-century Ohio. Read full book review >

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LOCKING UP OUR OWN by James Forman Jr.
Released: April 18, 2017

"Certain to stir debate, this book offers an important new perspective on the ongoing proliferation of America's 'punishment binge.'"
A sharp analysis of how African-Americans, due to "profound levels of pain, fear, and anger" over crime and violence in their neighborhoods, have helped shape U.S. policies leading to mass incarceration. Read full book review >

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SISTERS IN SANITY by Gayle Forman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Think Girl, Interrupted meets Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. (author's note) (Fiction. YA)"
Punked out, pierced, tattooed and attitudinal, Brit Hemphill is an average teen, basking in her own rebellion and arrogance. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Wait for the collectible card game instead. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Boy meets adventure in a paint-by-numbers fantasy quest. Read full book review >

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IF I STAY by Gayle Forman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"Forman excels at inserting tiny but powerful details throughout, including the realistic sounds, smells and vocabulary of a hospital, which will draw readers into this masterful text and undoubtedly tug at even the toughest of heartstrings. (Fiction. YA)"
When snow cancels school, Mia and her family pile into their beat-up station wagon for a drive. Read full book review >

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THIS LOVELY LIFE by Vicki Forman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 23, 2009

"A searing tale of heartache and impressive depth of character."
The harrowing experience of a woman whose twins were born at 23 weeks. Read full book review >

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SCALP MOUNTAIN by Julia Robb
Released: Feb. 19, 2012

"Deep research and empathy for her rounded characters make this Western stand out."
Family dramas propel this spare, anti-romantic Western. Read full book review >