Search Results: "Valerie Martin"


BOOK REVIEW

VALERIE SOLANAS by Breanne Fahs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"As Fahs portrays her, Solanas emerges less as 'a woman who detected a spirit of collective anguish' than as a woman destroyed by her own overpowering demons."
A sympathetic biography of a troubled and troubling woman. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT DIVORCE by Valerie Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 1994

"Though it lacks the high concept of Mary Reilly—the cat woman is no match for Jekyll and Hyde's maid—Martin's novel gathers a quietly, painfully gripping force."
Martin's first novel since Mary Reilly (1990) masterfully weaves together three tales about the great divorce between two women— separated by 150 years—and their husbands, and between the human species and the rest of nature. Read full book review >

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TRESPASS by Valerie Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"A brilliant must-read from Martin (The Unfinished Novel and Other Stories, 2006, etc.), who captures the zeitgeist of contemporary America within a deeply personal context."
What seems at first a tightly focused domestic drama about a middle-aged couple's reaction to their son's new girlfriend broadens onto a large socio-political canvas as liberal values run smack into fear of foreign invasiveness. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST OF THE <i>MARY CELESTE</i> by Valerie Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Martin has wound the disparate threads of her novel into a haunting personal drama."
Martin (The Confessions of Edward Day, 2009, etc.) offers a complex, imaginative version of historical fiction, playing literary hide-and-seek with the unsolved mystery surrounding an American cargo vessel found abandoned in the Azores in 1872. Read full book review >

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THE CONFESSIONS OF EDWARD DAY by Valerie Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"Occasional sharp insights, but the book is not as strong as some of Martin's previous efforts."
Actors have difficulty distinguishing performance from life in Martin's latest (Trespass, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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VALERIE AND THE SILVER PEAR by Benjamin Darling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"A warm, rather long realistic story, affectionately illustrated in watercolor and color pencil; a tasty-sounding recipe for pear pie is included. (Picture book/Young reader. 5-9)"
While Valerie helps Grandpa harvest his pears and make them into pies, as Grandma used to, he holds her interest with tales of the silver pear they're sure to find among the others—just as he and Grandma did each year. Read full book review >

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SEA LOVERS by Valerie Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Varied, engaging, and often shocking."
A career-spanning collection of short stories that illustrates the writer's preoccupation with animals, artists, and the fantastical. Read full book review >

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PROPERTY by Valerie Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2003

"A nimble, enlightening and horrific story about the morally corrosive effects of slavery and one childish soul, locked in a cycle of permanent bitterness."
A slave rebellion is about to erupt, and all one woman can think about is her failing marriage. Read full book review >

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MARY MARTIN by Ronald L. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2008

"Martin's star quality prevails."
Affectionate but not airbrushed portrait of the Broadway diva who got her first big break with a naughty Cole Porter song but flew into legend in a children's classic. Read full book review >

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DEAN MARTIN by Michael Freedland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2006

"Dino light and lively; anyone seeking a probing look at the life of Dean Martin should look elsewhere—probably at Nick Tosches's Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams (1992)."
A biography of singer-actor Martin that has the pace, diffidence and depth of one of Martin's T.V. variety shows. Read full book review >

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MARTIN FROBISHER by James McDermott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Intriguing if long-winded. (4 b&w maps and charts)"
The first major biography of the early English explorer since William McFee's widely purchased 1928 Life of Sir Martin Frobisher. Read full book review >

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MARTIN DRESSLER by Steven Millhauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"It might be another of Dreiser's densely packed tales of financiers and titans, written at characteristic white heat, but by an immeasurably more graceful stylist."
A chronicle of obsession, self-indulgence, and, in a curious way, moral growth, expertly poised between realistic narrative and allegorical fable, from the author of such intriguing, if sometimes unduly gossamer, fictions as Edwin Mullhouse (1972) and In the Penny Arcade (1986). Read full book review >