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The Understory
ForeWord Magazine reviews
“To look twice is not good, not the way things should be, but I decide it is better than failing to look at all,” admits Jack Gorse, the lonely protagonist of...
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The Understory
Small Spiral Notebook reviews
Jack Gorse, the bookish, obsessive protagonist of Pamela Erens’ debut novel, is part of a long line of literary wanderers. Like Binx Bolling, from Walker Percy’s...
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The Understory
Publishers Weekly reviews
A 40-year-old New Yorker bound to his solitude and his habits finds he has lost the ability to connect with others in former Glamour editor Erens's hauntingly...
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The Understory
Chicago Tribune reviews
The "understory," narrator Jack Gorse explains early on, as he wanders the hidden Ramble in New York's Central Park, is made up of "the shrubs and...
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Library Journal, starred review reviews
Richmond (Dream of the Blue Room) has written a mesmerizing novel of loss and grief, hope and redemption, and the endurance of love.
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People reviews
A gripping tale...
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Seattle Times reviews
"...the brief odes to puddles, toys, baby pools, sippy cups and playdates are charming, pointed and funny, a perfect un-sentimental Mother's Day gift for new...
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Help Me Live: 20 Things People with Cancer Want You to Know
Bay Area BusinessWoman News reviews
I read Hope's book, Help Me Live, as though I had a loving sister on my shoulder, murmuring in my ear that what I have to offer is enough: Just slow down, listen...
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The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry
San Francisco Chronicle reviews
For Alan Kaufman, the late San Francisco vagabond wordsmith Jack Micheline represented the true spirit of poetry. ``He would beg destiny for a break,'' recalls...
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Baba: A Return to China Upon My Father's Shoulders
Kirkus Reviews reviews
The tension between ancient rituals and modern reality elevates these tales from the merely beautiful into an astonishing personal vision, and a unique portrait ...
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Leaving the World Book Cover
The Telegraph reviews
Whatever else one may think of Douglas Kennedy as a novelist, there is no denying that he is generous to the point of profligacy with his plotting. His latest...
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Heart of the Wolf
Publishers Weekly reviews
Red werewolf Bella flees her adoptive pack of gray werewolves when the alpha male Volan tries forcibly to claim her as his mate. Her real love, beta male Devlyn,...
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Forgetting English
Mark Kramer, Founding Director and Writer-in-Residence, Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism, Harv reviews
“Midge Raymond turns her elegant, austere sentences precisely, forcing unmediated, intimate connection with readers of her exotic tales. It's nothing short of...
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Vietnam Magazine reviews
Rock 'n' Roll Soldier differs from most Vietnam entertainers' memoirs in that the troupe here did not come courtesy of Bob Hope and the USO. These troubadours in...
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Midwest Review reviews
"To Tempt the Wolf is an extremely enjoyable and fascinating read. I am impressed with the way Spears has added her own unique twist, mixing it into the realm of...
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An Apple Pie for Dinner
School Library Journal reviews
Told with folkloric flair, this scrumptious tale is perfect for reading aloud to a broad range of ages… Every library will want a copy.
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Night Owl Romance reviews
This is the fifth installment in Ms. Spear's werewolf stories. These stories keep getting better and better with each one. You will find yourself lusting after the...
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Kirkus Reviews reviews
PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ Author: King, A.S. A star is assigned to books of unusual merit, determined by the editors of Kirkus Reviews. A harrowing but ultimately...
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Tucson Citizen reviews
Her book chronicles the ending of her marriage, one that she claims should have lasted forever, or at least five years.
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Kim Hess Divorce Guru Turning Challenges into Triumphs reviews
Many people have told me I seem really cheery for a divorced person. Why wouldn’t I? Divorce has treated me well. It was being unhappily married that made me...
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