Search Results: "Susan Richards"


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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1991

"Thoughtful and beautifully written portraits of Soviet people in a time of radical change."
Richards, a British journalist, film producer, and one-time student of Solzhenitsyn, offers an eloquent narrative of her encounters with Soviet citizens, and ambivalent insights into the impact of glasnost and perestroika on ordinary Soviet people. Read full book review >

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CHOSEN BY A HORSE by Susan Richards
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2006

"A tender lesson in courage and dependence."
Affectionate memoir about an SPCA rescue horse fostered by a lonely social worker. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

"A patiently crafted glimpse 'through a crack in the wardrobe' of the devastation wrought on Russian society during the turbulent post-Communist '90s. See Daniel Treisman's The Return (2011) for a more comprehensive history of Russia from Gorbachev to Medvedev."
The editor of openDemocracy Russia doggedly pursues the question: What does it mean to be Russian, now that communism has collapsed? Read full book review >

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A STUDENT OF LIVING THINGS by Susan Richards Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2006

"Evocative and thoughtful, but too thin to prove a success."
In the aftermath of a political murder, a young woman opts for vengeance in this thriller-paced family drama. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 20, 2012

"The gothic finale doesn't fully deliver, but with her engaging tale and prose as fluid as Sue Miller's or Anna Quindlen's, if quirkier, Shreve hits the commercial bull'seye."
Lucy Painter's love for unreliable men has resulted in a life built on shame and secrets, until a crisis involving her own daughter cracks the mold. Read full book review >

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THE TRAIN HOME by Susan Richards Shreve
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Another box-office hit for Shreve fans."
Back from her foray into the multigenerational saga (Daughters of the New World, 1992), Shreve returns with the mix of ingredients that has served her so well in the past: troubled families, dark secrets, and the irresistible, nearly magical forces of fate and love. Read full book review >

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CHOSEN FOREVER by Susan Richards
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2008

"Engaging writing by an honest self-explorer."
Charismatic, albeit meandering memoir about the author's discovery of love and self-acceptance while on a book tour. Read full book review >

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BOB DYLAN by Susan Richardson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1995

"A further reading list includes other biographies, but not periodical citations (where Dylan's own words can be found). (b&w photos, index, chronology, further reading) (Biography. 11+)"
A competent biography in the Pop Culture Legends series that covers the factual tinder, but misses the charismatic spark. Read full book review >

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DAUGHTERS OF THE NEW WORLD by Susan Richards Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1992

"Rooted in formula, but blooming quixotically—something more than the garden-variety family saga."
A multigenerational saga with all the trappings—plague, Indians, murder, fame, and love—but graced here with some subtlety and surprise by Shreve, whose seven earlier novels (A Country of Strangers, 1989, etc.) were fine and quirky enough to avoid easy genre tags. Read full book review >

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THE VISITING PHYSICIAN by Susan Richards Shreve
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 12, 1996

"Thrills and—mostly—chills of small-town life: a good page- turner."
Something's happening to the children of tiny Meridian, Ohio, in Shreve's tenth novel (The Train Home, 1993, etc.), an implausible but darkly gripping modern gothic. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2007

"More than a revealing picture of FDR's polio treatment center in the years just before the arrival of vaccines that ended a frightening, crippling disease, this is a moving portrait of a girl on the cusp of adolescence dealing with pain, guilt and loneliness."
Memoir of life at Roosevelt's Warm Springs polio center, where the author stayed between the ages of 11 and 13. Read full book review >

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PLUM AND JAGGERS by Susan Richards Shreve
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"An odd, touching family drama."
Prolific novelist Shreve (The Visiting Physician, 1996, etc.) works here from a highly original premise: a family of orphaned children develops a hit television show to comically display their grief. Read full book review >