Search Results: "Sue Monk Kidd"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2002

"Despite some dark moments, more honey than vinegar."
A wonderfully written debut that rather scants its subject of loss and discovery—a young girl searching for the truth about her dead mother—in favor of a feminist fable celebrating the company of women and the ties between that mothers and daughters. Read full book review >

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THE MERMAID CHAIR by Sue Monk Kidd
Released: April 5, 2005

"Bestselling Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees (2002) has a gift for language, but the saccharine aftertaste won't go away."
According to Kidd's follow-up to The Secret Life of Bees, there's nothing like a little soulful adultery to get an anemic marriage back on track. Read full book review >

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THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Kidd's portrait of white slave-owning Southerners is all the more harrowing for showing them as morally complicated, while she gives Handful the dignity of being not simply a victim, but a strong, imperfect woman."
Kidd (The Mermaid Chair, 2005, etc.) hits her stride and avoids sentimental revisionism with this historical novel about the relationship between a slave and the daughter of slave owners in antebellum Charleston. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"A touching rapprochement between mother and daughter, but much of the writing is murky and both narratives sound curiously alike—won't deter the many fans of Mom, however."
The New Age odyssey of bestselling author Kidd (The Mermaid Chair, 2005, etc.) and her daughter Ann. Read full book review >

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HOPE by Isabell Monk
Released: March 9, 1999

"Sturdy faces, tender postures, and vibrant backgrounds considerably enliven the bibliotherapeutic proceedings. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Monk takes a didactic tack in presenting one girl's ancestry, weaving into a story of several generations the scene of her African-American mother and Caucasian father's wedding. Read full book review >

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SAMMY CARDUCCI'S GUIDE TO WOMEN by Ronald Kidd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Readers who enjoy comedies of embarrassment will laugh through this while absorbing the author's suggestion that they needn't rush to maturity. (Fiction. 11-14)"
An antic, lightweight tale about suburban sixth-graders in pursuit of the opposite sex. Read full book review >

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DREAMBENDER by Ronald Kidd
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"There are plenty of novels about kindly-but-oppressive dystopian societies in which a child has a designated future path; skip this one. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a society in which 13-year-olds are assigned careers must be in want of a savior. Read full book review >

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THE CHEESE MONKEYS by Chip Kidd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2001

". . . suck brains with a genius who really is a genius: that is, when you Read This Book."
Sheer charm <\b>most of the way in debut fiction by acclaimed book-cover artist Kidd, associate director of jackets at Knopf. Read full book review >

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ROBERT OPPENHEIMER by Ray Monk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 2013

"A top-notch biography of Oppenheimer to sit alongside Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin's American Prometheus (2006)."
A highly detailed examination of the life and times of Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), the man who ushered in the Atomic Age and played a leading role in putting American science on the map. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 2001

"Monk's generally negative portrait may alienate the great man's devotees, but it's the product of meticulous research and balanced by the biographer's esteem for a great intellect and outsized personality. (illustrations not seen)"
An outstanding conclusion to the story begun in Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude, 1872-1921 (1996): the tragedy of a brilliant but flawed thinker who mistreated the humans closest to him while promoting humanity in the abstract. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF THE BOMB by Ronald Kidd
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2009

"He also gives Paul plenty of food for thought about the hazards of rushing to judgment, of taking people at face value and, most profoundly, of living in a pervasive climate of fear—all decidedly relevant topics for today's readers to mull, too. (Historical fiction. 11-13)"
Ever-so-aptly billed "Stand By Me meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers," this multilayered historical novel features a quartet of quarrelsome—but loyal in the crunch—13-year-olds responding to the anxieties of the McCarthy-era Cold War. Read full book review >

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ROOM OF SHADOWS by Ronald Kidd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An introduction that might tempt readers to explore Poe's own nightmares. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
What kind of horror might Edgar Allan Poe perpetrate in today's world? Read full book review >