Search Results: "Yannick Murphy"


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THE CALL by Yannick Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"A marvelous book: sweet and poignant without ever succumbing to easy sentiment, formally inventive and dexterous without ever seeming showy. A triumph."
As Murphy's sixth book for adults (Signed, Mata Hari, 2007, etc.) gets started, a large-animal veterinarian in rural New England faces various small uncertainties: an iffy economy, weird recurrent lights in the night sky, a marriage in which there are minor flare-ups. Read full book review >

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HERE THEY COME by Yannick Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 2006

"Diffuse, disjointed and ultimately tiresome."
A skewed portrait of a collapsing New York City family, told through the eyes of a pubescent girl. Read full book review >

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THE SEA OF TREES by Yannick Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 1997

"An indefatigably forward-going if often poetic story of girlhood and family amid war, terror, loss—and sometimes luck."
Murphy's (Stories in Another Language, 1987) debut novel is a vivid and often powerful, although almost as often curiously perfunctory, girl's-eye saga of a wildly endangered life in the Far East during and after WW II. Read full book review >

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THIS IS THE WATER by Yannick Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 29, 2014

"Murphy sometimes recalls the exurban tribulations and titillations of Peter De Vries—albeit without all the puns—in a different sort of murder yarn that boasts twists in both the style and the plot."
An offbeat thriller sets a serial killer loose among young swimmers in New England and tests the reader's tolerance for textual quirks. Read full book review >

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SIGNED, MATA HARI by Yannick Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2007

"Vague on facts but intense, atmospheric and erotic, this is more prose poem than historical novel."
An impressionistic portrait of the famous spy—in reality an abused wife and mother with intense sexual charms. Read full book review >

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MIDDLE MURPHY by Mark Costello
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Six stories, a return of Michael Murphy from Costello's The Murphy Stories, that are uneven but filled with a marvelous sense of detail and affectionate satire: they manage ironically to deflate their midwestern subjects without turning mean-spirited. ``Young Republican'' is a series of carefully modulated vignettes about the narrator's father, a Republican County Chairman, ``forty-eight years old when I was born,'' who gets punched in the nose by a hired hand for political reasons. Read full book review >

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AHWOOOOOOOO! by Yannick Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: June 12, 2006

"It is a tender, sometimes humorous journey that evokes the yearning of childhood while setting forth the virtues of the multi-generational family. (Picture book. 4-6)"
"I want to howl," says Little Wolf. Read full book review >

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COLD WATER WITCH by Yannick Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"Initially reminiscent of Andersen's frigid Snow Queen, this Cold Water Witch melts with kindness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The sinister Cold Water Witch tries to lure a little girl to her frozen realm in this frosty fairy tale. Read full book review >

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BABY POLAR by Yannick Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"The simple text is replete with warmth, humor and gentle suspense; every Baby Polar—or child—will find something to appreciate here. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A storm is coming, but this baby polar bear wants to play. Read full book review >

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THOMAS MURPHY by Roger Rosenblatt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A colorful man nears his demise with a bit o' philosophizing and a song."
An elderly poet delivers a chatty, comic monologue on sex, death, life, and getting the girl. Read full book review >

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MOTHER MURPHY by Colleen O’Shaughnessy McKenna
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"A welcome addition to the series about Collette and her loving family. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Collette's world turns upside down when she learns that her mother is expecting a fifth child, but in the end the Murphys work together to avoid losing a baby they discover they all very much want. Read full book review >

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DUDLEY MURPHY by Susan Delson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A balanced portrait of a man and a panorama of his times, told with exceptional grace."
Dudley Murphy (1867-1968) doesn't bear a household name like vaunted film directors John Ford or King Vidor, but, as chronicled by Delson, his ambitious career out-barnstormed them all—even if it often only sputtered in the public eye. Read full book review >