Search Results: "S.J. Kincaid"


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CATALYST by S.J. Kincaid
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"An unabashedly optimistic denouement is the perfect ending for this series that's unafraid to ask readers to grapple with big ideas—it's the joyful flip side of Feed. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Intrasolar cadet Tom Raines helps bring the Insignia trilogy to an appropriately explosive conclusion. Read full book review >

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VORTEX by S.J. Kincaid
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 1, 2013

"A surprisingly and satisfyingly rich middle volume in a trilogy that exceeds popcorn expectations. (Science fiction. 13-16)"
Kincaid's sequel to Insignia (2012) moves beyond derivative fun to real depth. Read full book review >

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INSIGNIA by S.J. Kincaid
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 10, 2012

"Derivative and sometimes a little silly, but good fun nevertheless. (Science fiction. 13-16)"
An unlikely teen is selected to attend Hogwarts-at-the-Pentagon. Read full book review >

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THE DIABOLIC by S.J. Kincaid
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Philosophical, twisty, and addictive. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
A genetically engineered killing-machine bodyguard must impersonate her charge in a dangerous galactic court. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION

"Despite its admirable ambition, this book's advice lacks specificity, empirical support, and originality."
A comprehensive view of fitness and health based on a new interpretation of human evolution. Read full book review >

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AS HOT AS IT WAS YOU OUGHT TO THANK ME by Nanci Kincaid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Sometimes denser than a tangle of snakes, but Berry's story never fails to engage."
Feisty teenager copes with first love, glasses, disasters, and wayward adults in this fourth novel from Kincaid. (Verbena, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"An ingenious, varied, and pleasurable collection, certain to strike sparks of recognition in even the most modest gardener."
Kincaid (My Brother: A Memoir, 1997, etc.) has assembled an impressively varied collection of essays by writers living and dead concentrating on the plants that hold a special, often almost mystical, attraction for them. Read full book review >

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VERBENA by Nanci Kincaid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2002

"A bit melodramatic, but a well-told and likable tale nevertheless, in a strong colloquial style that avoids sentimentality."
A touching account of a middle-aged widow who puts her life back together even more spectacularly than it came apart. Read full book review >

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MY BROTHER by Jamaica Kincaid
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 20, 1997

"These are my thoughts on his dying,'' and reveals the book's flaw: My Brother is a tirade of depression and confusion that fails to make sense of the maelstrom. (First printing of 75,000; author tour)"
The death of Kincaid's brother from AIDS results in a book that is lyrically beautiful and emotionally forceful, but lacking a deep examination of its many themes. Read full book review >

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CROSSING BLOOD by Nanci Kincaid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 1992

"Good intentions can't propel an otherwise belabored fiction, complete with a highly melodramatic, ironic ending."
Despite a slew of artful and engaging stories to her credit, Kincaid debuts with a dull, if skillfully written, coming-of-age novel, set in the civil-rights-era South. Read full book review >

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EAT, DRINK, AND BE FROM MISSISSIPPI by Nanci Kincaid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"An engaging but overlong and not wholly convincing lesson in opening up to commitment."
The lives of two Southern siblings, comfortably relocated to California but partnerless and childless, are transformed by an unlikely friendship. Read full book review >

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SEE NOW THEN by Jamaica Kincaid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"It's not a total success: Without the tether of a firm plot, all the time-folding makes the narrative feel static, an artful set of complaints. Yet Kincaid's audaciousness is winning. She's taken some much-needed whacks at the conventional domestic novel."
A recursive and beguiling tale of a collapsing marriage by the veteran Kincaid (The Autobiography of My Mother, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >