Search Results: "Robin Black"


BOOK REVIEW

LIFE DRAWING by Robin Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014

"Black captures the nooks and crannies of Gus' psyche, both self-aware and self-justifying, but doesn't allow poor Owen space to breathe; her narrow focus, while often acutely insightful, makes for a claustrophobic reading experience."
The first novel from short story writer Black (If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This, 2010) tries to parse the intimacy, love, betrayals and resentments that comprise any long relationship. Read full book review >

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IF I LOVED YOU, I WOULD TELL YOU THIS by Robin Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"Sensitive insights conveyed in elegantly plain prose—an auspicious debut."
Ten stories cast an unsparing yet tender eye on the human condition. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Thoughtful and massive: too much for any but the most serious public-policy wonk."
An academic who works both sides of the Atlantic takes a serious look at the dire condition of Anglo-Saxon pensions. Read full book review >

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9 NEW BOOKS TO WATCH FOR IN JANUARY 2017
by Leila Roy

PHEW! I finally finished listing my favorites of 2016, and now it’s time to start the merry-go-round up again and look at the new releases of January 2017.

Here are a few of the titles that I’m planning on picking up:

Allegedly, by Tiffany Jackson

After a court case that was covered nationally, fifteen-year-old Mary is in “baby jail” for ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 20, 2007

"Bedside reading for Karl Rove wannabes preparing for 2008."
Why have recent US national elections been so close? It's the regions, stupid. Read full book review >

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RESISTANCE by Jenna Black
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 11, 2014

"Only for fans of the first book. (Dystopian adventure. 14-18)"
Histrionic characters overpower the action in this dystopian-political-thriller sequel to Replica (2013). Read full book review >

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DOLL BONES by Holly Black
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2013

"Spooky, melancholy, elegiac and ultimately hopeful; a small gem. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A middle-grade fantasy dons the cloak of a creepy ghost tale to deliver bittersweet meditations on the nature of friendship, the price of growing up and the power of storytelling. Read full book review >

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A TEMPLAR'S GIFTS by Kat Black
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2011

"Nightmares.' (Fantasy. 9-11)"
This sequel to A Templar's Apprentice (2010) takes Tormod in circular journeys around Scotland without particularly advancing the plot. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"The concept is appealing, but the execution fails. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Volunteering to deliver a secret message lands young Tormod, a Scot, on a journey through 1307 France and Spain. Read full book review >

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NIGHTSTRUCK by Jenna Black
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 5, 2016

"A solidly creepy start to a promising series, with a wildly frustrating cliffhanger. (Thriller. 14-17)"
The streets of Philadelphia are filled with terror once night falls. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 2004

"A weapons-grade indictment of river despoliation, and an astute analysis of the socioeconomic factors that affect it. (Illustrations throughout)"
Taking a break from the foreign-affairs beat, amateur fly fisherman Black (The Good Neighbor, 1988, etc.) broadly contemplates northwest Connecticut's Housatonic River, its Shepaug and Naugatuck tributaries, and their respective fates. Read full book review >