Search Results: "Sheri Parks"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2013

"New, urgent awareness of seeing black women as, in the words of BET co-founder Sheila Johnson, 'fully human and fully powerful.'"
In this thorough study of popular icons and real women, an update of the 2010 edition, Parks (American Studies/Univ. of Maryland) finds the myth of the strong black woman—variously known as the Sacred Dark Feminine, Black Madonna, Mammy, Angry Black Woman—both slippery and resonant. Read full book review >

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ITALIAN NEIGHBORS by Tim Parks
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1992

"Much verve."
Parks, a lively English novelist (Goodness, 1991, etc.), plunges us into the passionate but genial world of his Italian neighbors on the Via Colombare in a village south of Verona. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2005

"A bright literary exercise, the third in the new series Enterprise ('the business book as literature'). (14 illus., not seen)"
The prolific Parks (Judge Savage, 2003, etc.), a Britisher now at home in Italy, offers a Renaissance splendor that is often scanted in the artistic glory of the era. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2012

"With his third featuring brash, breezy, unflappable Carter (Eyes of the Innocent, 2011, etc.), Parks propels himself to a niche shared by only a handful of others: writers who can manage the comedy-mystery."
No one's supposed to hate the girl next door. Read full book review >

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A GRACIOUS PLENTY by Sheri Reynolds
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A southern tearjerker with some nice surprises—and likely to be a swift success. (First printing of 300,000)"
Reynolds again hits pay dirt with a third novel, after Bitterroot Landing (1995) and The Rapture of Canaan (1996)—the latter, as everyone knows, a recent selection of Oprah's Book Club and now enjoying its fifth week at the top of the bestseller lists. Read full book review >

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THE RAPTURE OF CANAAN by Sheri Reynolds
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 1996

"Fire and brimstone that goes tepid at times but is really chilling overall. (Literary Guild alternate selection; author tour)"
A second tragedy-laden southern coming-of-age tale from Reynolds (Bitterroot Landing, 1995)—this one, set in a strict and punitive religious community, with a good, gothic allure despite its lamentably plodding prose. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"With apparent effortlessness, Fink tells the Memorial story with cogency and atmosphere."
Pulitzer Prize-winning medical journalist/investigator Fink (War Hospital, 2003) submits a sophisticated, detailed recounting of what happened at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina. Read full book review >

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THE DRESS LODGER by Sheri Holman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Another stunner from a gifted and versatile new master of historical fiction. (First printing of 40,000; Book-of-the- Month/Quality Paperback Book Club selections)"
If Clive Barker ever writes a historical novel, he'll be hard pressed to invent horrors more lurid than the rotting corpses and dangling viscera that grace, so to speak, this lurid and fascinating second novel from Holman (A Stolen Tongue, 1997). Read full book review >

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A LITERARY TOUR OF ITALY by Tim Parks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"The author's deep familiarity with Italian culture informs these intelligent, perceptive essays."
A prolific novelist, memoirist, literary critic, and translator investigates "Italy's collective imagination." Read full book review >

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SEX IS FORBIDDEN by Tim Parks
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Assured. Accomplished. Memorable."
Beth Marriot, a troubled youth, struggles mightily to find a reasonable facsimile of equanimity on a Buddhist retreat. Read full book review >

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EYES OF THE INNOCENT by Brad Parks
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A breezy, entertaining sequel to Parks' well-received debut (Faces of the Gone, 2009)."
Investigative reporter Carter Ross returns to chase the case of the vanished city councilor. After all, who says white men can't jump? Read full book review >

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EUROPA by Tim Parks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The obsessiveness of the male mind has rarely been so well rendered since a certain Bloom gave himself over to thoughts of Molly."
A savage, funny story that made last year's Booker Prize shortlist, and the ninth novel for the hugely talented Parks (Shear, 1994, etc.), long a teacher of English in Italy. Read full book review >