Search Results: "Susan Minot"


BOOK REVIEW

RAPTURE by Susan Minot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2002

"Silly, aimless, and pretentious: Rapture reads like notes for a novel that the author had the good sense to abandon."
A loose and discursive novella by Minot (Evening, 1998, etc.), who manages here to ramble on a pretty good ways in remarkably few pages. Read full book review >

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EVENING by Susan Minot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 1998

"As always with Minot, moments of incisive and telling beauty, mood, and atmosphere, but also, in this case, much that's much less."
Minot (Folly, 1992, etc.) aims high in taking a long look at the beginning and end of a love-life—in a project that's not without its gripping moments but that requires an excess of artifice to stay aloft and doesn—t steadily convince. Read full book review >

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THIRTY GIRLS by Susan Minot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Despite hauntingly beautiful prose, there is a secondhand feel to Esther's story, which plays fiddle to Jane's navel-gazing."
Minot (Rapture, 2002, etc.) tries to combine a fictionalized but mostly journalistic account of the abduction of Ugandan children by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army with a sexual drama about the doomed romance of an American writer and a much younger white Kenyan. Read full book review >

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STALKING SUSAN by Julie Kramer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 2008

"Kramer's past as a TV producer lends authority to an entertaining story."
Two cold cases spark a hot story for flailing TV reporter Riley Spartz in this lively and fast-paced debut. Read full book review >

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SHARING SUSAN by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1991

"A gripping but flawed story, then, to provoke vigorous discussion. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Bunting explores what happens after two couples learn that their daughters were switched as babies in the hospital. Read full book review >

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FOLLY by Susan Minot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 1992

"Rich with pleasures from start to end, so long as you don't mind their being mainly secondhand."
Minot (Monkeys; Lust) is a curious writer: hardly a particle of her work is original, but she writes brilliantly in the tone, manner, and style of past writers—Fitzgerald, Hemingway, James, Cather, Woolf, even Marquand and Evan Connell—the flavor and energies of whose work she seems to have absorbed like blotting paper. Read full book review >

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SEMPRE SUSAN by Sigrid Nunez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 2011

"Graceful, respectful and achingly honest."
Novelist Nunez (Salvation City, 2010, etc.) recalls her years with her longtime friend Susan Sontag (1933-2004). Read full book review >

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SUSAN SONTAG by Daniel Schreiber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"Schreiber's intelligent reading of Sontag's works and his fair and balanced handling of the impassioned controversies she generated admirably serve both his subject and his readers."
A sensitive, cleareyed biography of an intellectual star, first published in Germany in 2007. Read full book review >

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SUSAN SONTAG by Jonathan Cott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Another side of a significant 20th-century writer, preserved from the archives."
A humanizing interview with the late cultural icon, who was often perceived as a fiercely aggressive and polarizing intellect. Read full book review >

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SUSAN SONTAG by Carl Rollyson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2000

"Although light on both literary and psychological substance, this biography, like Sontag herself, has plenty of charm."
An engagingly gossipy biography of the most glamorous intellectual celebrity of our time, assessing the impact of the writer's persona more thoroughly than her literary creations. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An inspiring and revelatory tale. (timeline, bibliography) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Through the voice of 10-year-old Bessie in 1896 in Berkeley, Calif., readers glimpse a moment in the very long fight for women's suffrage in the United States. Read full book review >

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A SUSAN SONTAG READER by Susan Sontag
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 1982

"With only Illness as Metaphor not represented: a solid one-volume introduction to a major writer."
The only Sontag material in this "Reader" which has not previously appeared in book form is an April 1975 interview with Sontag, originally published in the quarterly Salmagundi: in it Sontag responds to feminist criticism by noting "its demands for intellectual simplicity, advanced in the name of ethical solidarity"; she eloquently deals with the would-be labeling of art as "reactionary" or "radical"; and she convincingly defends her writings on pornography, on camp, and totalitarianism. Read full book review >