Search Results: "Susan Coll"


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BEACH WEEK by Susan Coll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"A little too reassuring (nothing truly bad happens), but Coll can be hysterically funny about parental idiocy."
Having gently skewered the college-application process (Acceptance, 2007), Coll trains her sights on another equally ridiculous tradition among certain upper-middle-class high-school graduates—the weeklong party at the beach. Read full book review >

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ACCEPTANCE by Susan Coll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2007

"While readers will root for these kids, Coll's affection for her targets does not detract from her bite."
A cheerfully pointed satire about the college-admissions process at a suburban Washington, D.C., high school where students and/or their parents have Ivy League aspirations. Read full book review >

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THE STAGER by Susan Coll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2014

"Although the nastiness becomes repetitive, Coll's vicious depiction of upper-upper-middle-class suburbia is often excruciatingly funny."
Coll (Beach Week, 2010, etc.) ratchets up the level of wit and mean edginess in her newest satire, which chronicles the absurd efforts put into marketing a high-end house outside Washington D.C. Read full book review >

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ROCKVILLE PIKE by Susan Coll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"A modern comedy of manners that at times tries too hard to entertain."
Second-novelist Coll (karlmarx.com, 2000) energetically chronicles a soccer mom's bumpy ride to tranquility as she deals with issues of finance, family, and self-esteem. Read full book review >

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KARLMARX.COM by Susan Coll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Despite some forced humor and strained parallels: a stylish debut."
An amusing debut novel that tries to put—and mostly succeeds in putting—an unusual spin on the clash between love and career, as the writer of a dissertation on Karl Marx's daughter Eleanor finds some eerie echoes in her own work and love life. Read full book review >

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FASHIONING A FRIENDSHIP
by Leila Roy

I sat back and considered my words. They had to be enough to get me in. After all, I alluded to the loss of my mom without mentioning any of the désagréables details, and I talked about the constant moving without getting into the foster homes and the times we’ve lived in the car. I think it is best not ...
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A STUDY IN MUST-READ AUTHORS
by Bobbi Dumas

So you all are Sherry Thomas fans, right?

I sincerely hope so! She’s seriously one of the smartest writers out there, and for whatever reason, her novels hit all my romance buttons. 

Last fall she released A Study in Scarlet Women, an intriguing new take on the Sherlock Holmes canon. (It got a great review and was named one ...


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BACKLIST FAVES
by Leila Roy

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned here before, I love exploring backlists. Right now, for example, I’ve been working my way through all of Betty Ren Wright’s books—everyone knows The Dollhouse Murders, but she wrote DOZENS of other chapter books—and after reading Sue Macy’s Motor Girls for the Amelia Bloomer Project, I’ve been working my way through her older books as ...


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DIGGING DEEP
by Julie Danielson

Picture books are a greatly underestimated art form, too often dismissed, in the words of Maurice Sendak, as trifles for the kiddies. I’m about to teach a Summer graduate course, all about picture books, for the University of Tennessee, and I plan to kick it off with the usual request of my students: please try to go beyond merely “cute” ...


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NEW BOOKS I'M WATCHING FOR IN MAY 2017
by Leila Roy

Last week, I covered a few of the May YA romances I’m excited about—and last month, I covered Riley Redgate’s Noteworthy—but there are even MORE May books that I’m looking forward to!

Here are thirteen of them:

It's Not Like It's a Secret, by Misa Sugiura

Lots of things change for sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara when her father ...


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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2012

"Leaks, reserves, PACs, hydrofracking, bloated corporate profits and more: all pertinent concerns nicely handled by Coll in this engaging, hard-hitting work."
A thorough, sobering study of the pernicious consolidation of Big Oil. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2008

"The makings of a villain, shaped in many ways by the culture he came to revile. Urgent and important reading."
A sprawling, fascinating account of America's declared No. 1 enemy, his far-flung family and the astonishing number of influential Americans who live within that family's orbit. Read full book review >