Search Results: "Susan Straight"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FRISKATIVE DOG by Susan Straight
ANIMALS
Released: March 13, 2007

"The friendship and family issues will resonate with those middle-grade readers more interested in emotion than action. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Word-lover Sharron labeled her stuffed dog "friskative" when she was five, because, like its owner, it was both frisky and talkative. Read full book review >

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THE GETTIN PLACE by Susan Straight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 1996

"Both dramatic and melodramatic in the best possible senses: another impassioned and powerful performance by one of the best writers to have emerged in this decade. (Author tour)"
An ambitious and engrossing portrayal of a black family under siege in white America, by the accomplished young author of the short-story sequence Aquaboogie (1990) and the novel I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots (1992). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"The author uses wisdom and wit to substantiate her contention that love and passion are not definable by biology."
Independent scholar Blank, a social historian who has written extensively on sexual subjects (Virgin: The Untouched History, 2007; Big Big Love: A Sourcebook on Sex for People of Size and Those Who Love Them, 2000), turns her attention to changing attitudes toward mainstream sexual identity. Read full book review >

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BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HERE by Susan Straight
Released: Sept. 12, 2012

"Straight (who is white but eschews the self-congratulating, cliché-laden condescension of books like The Help) employs glorious language and a riveting eye for detail to create a fully realized, totally believable world."
Set several years before the events of Straight's Take One Candle Light a Room (2010), the third installment of her trilogy concerns the reactions and memories that a prostitute's death stirs up in the tightknit black community in Rio Seco, Calif. Read full book review >

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HIGHWIRE MOON by Susan Straight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2001

"Strong physical detail and a carefully rendered cast mostly overcome long stretches of talky description and occasional slips into sentimentality."
Straight (I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots, 1992, etc.) paints a bleak yet not hopeless landscape as a young girl and her mother, separated by happenstance 12 years earlier, search for each other among the down-and-out of southern California. Read full book review >

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TAKE ONE CANDLE, LIGHT A ROOM by Susan Straight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Deeply rooted in the African-American experience, yet filled with insights that resonate for anyone seeking to make a better life without disowning the past. Straight writes about the thorny subject of race with sensitivity and nuance."
From National Book Award finalist Straight (Highwire Moon, 2001, etc.), a searing, ultimately redemptive novel about America's legacy of racial violence and a woman's struggle to forge her own identity. Read full book review >

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I BEEN IN SORROW'S KITCHEN AND LICKED OUT ALL THE POTS by Susan Straight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 1992

"An impressive first—from a writer to watch."
Straight (a story collection, Aquaboogie, 1990) here offers a first novel about a black woman and her two professional football- playing sons—in a debut notable especially for its evocation of place and its sure-handed use of patois. 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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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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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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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 >