Search Results: "Sarah Pemberton Strong"


BOOK REVIEW

BURNING THE SEA by Sarah Pemberton Strong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Smart, edgy, well written: an impressive first."
A confident and powerfully voiced first novel in which a couple—damaged, haunted and desperate—find redemption. Read full book review >

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THE FAINTING ROOM by Sarah Pemberton Strong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2013

"A deliciously creepy and intense story."
Strong (Burning the Sea, 2002) presents a disturbing and erotic narrative about the lives of an oddly matched married couple who host a teenage girl for the summer. Read full book review >

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THE CAT MASTER by Bonnie Pemberton
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"Those desperate for another cat story may find this more entertaining than reading the back of a pet-food bag—barely. (Fantasy. 10+)"
A stunning cover is the best part of this mediocre animal fantasy. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH PIT by Tony Strong
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"A nosegay for historical-mystery fans, and strong stuff for readers hungry for mystery-mongering on a grand scale—assuming they won't be put off by Terry's vigorous pansexuality."
Desperate to complete an acceptable dissertation before her funding runs out, Oxford researcher Therese Williams, who's already survived one harrowing brush with murder (The Poison Tree, 1997), gloms onto the unpublished letters of Catherine McCulloch, burned as a witch in 1698, as manna from heaven. Read full book review >

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THE OLD WORLD by Jonathan Strong
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Strong (Offspring, 1995, etc.) struggles to give resonance and purpose to the tale, but the overly sensitive and sophisticated dialogue of the adolescent boys and their peculiar—and not really understandably grounded—fixation tend to defeat his efforts."
A repetitive, implausible, and strangely narrated tale of four men and the effects a favorite high-school teacher has on their later lives. Read full book review >

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STUFF by Jeremy Strong
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2007

"In spite of the unfortunately silly title, here's a British import that boys may devour just as girls have loved Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicolson series. (Fiction. 12+)"
Fourteen-year-old Simon is a British boy working through a lot of problems: a new stepmother, a new stepsister, a school bully and a girlfriend named Delfine who's not as fine as a longed-for girl named Sky. Read full book review >

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FEAST by Roy Strong
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A broad and transporting canvas, as redolent of social nuance and detail as the pieces of cutlery on a Victorian table. (60 b&w illustrations)"
An entertaining survey of the table, Babylonian to Edwardian, examining the political and social forces that shaped what appeared on it. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2000

"Elizabeth was complex and her character often obscure. Her cult was a deliberate creation, says Strong, and his presentation is convincing, scholarly, and sophisticated. Knowledge of Latin helpful, but not essential. (91 b&w illustrations, seen)"
Among the manifold lessons history may teach is the skillful use of public relations—as used, for example, in the court of Elizabeth I. Read full book review >

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SECRET WORDS by Jonathan Strong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

In this gentle tale, Strong (Ourselves, 1971) inhabits the mind and body of a working-class Italian-American woman from the slums of Boston to tell of her awakening to the realities of politics, poverty, and child abuse—as well as to the transformative power of love. Read full book review >

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OFFSPRING by Jonathan Strong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Endearing characters produce a fascinating portrait of American family life, viewed through the quirky perspective of the author."
The domestic harmony of an eccentric Midwest family is threatened in this enchanting, at times unsettling, seventh novel from Strong (An Untold Tale, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >