Search Results: "Ronald Frame"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LANTERN BEARERS by Ronald Frame
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Aside from some contrivance in the matter of Bone's untimely end, this is a tale of great richness and subtlety, equally evocative whether dealing with adolescent turmoil or the small-town '60s milieu."
A lilting, gentle story—last year's Scottish Book of the Year—of a boy's sexual awakening into a world of music in 1962, as he falls for the young composer who's hired him to sing. Read full book review >

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A WOMAN OF JUDAH by Ronald Frame
Released: May 1, 1989

In a novella and stories, Frame(Sandmouth. 1987; Winter Journey, 1986) explores the role of the storyteller (or artist) as voyeur and the enigma of real—as opposed to socially observable—personality. Read full book review >

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PENELOPE'S HAT by Ronald Frame
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Beautifully written, almost musical story of a woman's journey from childhood to old age trying to find clarity in a muffled world that makes its point by what it does not say."
A woman novelist—never certain who she and others are, both a product and an observer of the English middle class notorious for preferring appearances to the truth—kindles the imagination in Frame's haunting new novel (A Woman of Judah, 1989; Sandmouth, 1987; Winter Journey, 1986). Read full book review >

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HAVISHAM by Ronald Frame
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"An intelligently imagined Dickens prequel."
Frame (The Lantern Bearers, 2001, etc.) writes the story of Catherine Havisham, recluse of Satis House, in this prelude to Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. Read full book review >

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BETWEEN MY FATHER AND THE KING by Janet Frame
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2013

"A powerful collection."
A treasure-trove of stories, from the very earliest she ever published, to work published posthumously, from the late, great Frame. Read full book review >

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IN THE MEMORIAL ROOM by Janet Frame
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"Brilliant."
A strange, resonant, Nabokov-ian novel about the plight of Harry Gill, a New Zealand writer on a six-month fellowship in France, struggling to write his first imaginative fiction. Read full book review >

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AL by Ronald Stoltz
Released: Feb. 7, 2016

"For some young readers, this level of ridiculousness, along with the unsophisticated illustrations, may make the book a nonstarter, but others willing to embrace the absurd humor will get plenty of giggles.
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In Stoltz's (Deer Run, 2016, etc.) funny and anachronistic picture book, being different can save the day—especially if you're a vegetarian dinosaur. Read full book review >

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NIGHT ON FIRE by Ronald Kidd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Beautifully written and earnestly delivered, the novel rolls to an inexorable, stunning conclusion readers won't soon forget. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
In 1961, riding a Greyhound bus was more than a way to get from one place to another. For some, the destination was freedom. Read full book review >

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THE SOCIAL ART by Ronald Macaulay
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"Competent, noncontroversial, and instructive: it's difficult to determine why a reader would prefer this volume to all the brilliant competition."
A modest survey of recent linguistic theory and practice in which Macaulay (Linguistics/Pitzer College; Generally Speaking, 1980—not reviewed) draws on 25 years of teaching to present what he admits is derivative, technical, and pedagogically oriented. Read full book review >

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DEATH IN NORTH BEACH by Ronald Tierney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Tierney (Death in Pacific Heights, 2009, etc.) places a pair of bright, appealing protagonists in a dim, derivative story even they can't rescue."
A tell-all book gets its author silenced. Read full book review >

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LAURA BUSH by Ronald Kessler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2006

"Why sully or smash icons when it's so fun to make new ones out of Silly Putty?"
The Bushes are wonderful; the Clintons are not. Read full book review >