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A Bird in the House
Margaret Laurence
0226469344
June 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
A Bird in the House is a series of eight interconnected short stories narrated by Vanessa MacLeod as she matures from a child at age ten into a young woman at age twenty. Wise for her years, Vanessa reveals much about the adult world in which she lives.

"Vanessa rebels against the dominance of age; she watches [her grandfather] imitate her aunt Edna; and her rage at times is such that she would gladly kick him. It takes great skill to keep this story within the expanding horizon of this young girl and yet make it so revealing of the adult world."--Atlantic

"A Bird in the House achieves the breadth of scope which we usually associate with the novel (and thereby is as psychologically valid as a good novel), and at the same time uses the techniques of the short story form to reveal the...


Dragonlance: Dragons of Summer Flame
Margaret Weis
0786927089
February 2002
Mass Market Paperback
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From AudioFile
Weis and Hickman return to the hugely successful Dragonlance series with a war against the big guy himself, who is named Chaos but is actually the creator of everything. He's portrayed as a towering giant who can be subdued by a minor wound and a magical trick. All the usual fantasy elements are here: magic, elf-like fellows, spells, magicians, thieves, swords and sorcery. Reader Wanda McCaddon proceeds with rousing British intonations, bringing emotional effect through changes in pacing. She makes no attempt at character deline-ation but is expressive and surprisingly effective, mainly because she's obviously having a fine time. D.R.N. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

Midwest Book Review
The war of the Lance is long...


The Diviners
Margaret Laurence
0226469352
June 1993
Paperback
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Review
?A pleasure to read!?Richly textured, beautifully written.?
?The New Yorker

?Leaves us breathless and cheering.?
?Montreal Gazette

Book Description
In The Diviners, Morag Gunn, a middle aged writer who lives in a farmhouse on the Canadian prairie, struggles to understand the loneliness of her eighteen-year-old daughter. With unusual wit and depth, Morag recognizes that she needs solitude and work as much as she needs the love of her family. With an afterword by Margaret Atwood.

"Mrs. Laurence's [novel] is both poetic and muscular, and her heroine is certainly one of the more humane, unglorified, unpolemical, believable women to have appeared in recent fiction."--The New Yorker



Written Lives
Javier Marias
081121611X
February 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The writers whose lives are sketched in this quirky and appealing book by the world-renowned (though less so here) Spanish writer Marías are familiar to any avid reader: Oscar Wilde, Henry James, Djuna Barnes and William Faulkner, among others. Marias says his aim is to examine writers about whom "absolutely everything" is already known and portray them "as if they were fictional characters." He distills each writer's salient personality traits to outline definitive if idiosyncratic portraits: thus "Nabokov in Rapture"; "Ivan Turgenev in His Sadness." Almost all of these essays display Marías 's dry humor and affectionate tolerance for his subjects' eccentricities, but the portrayals of Thomas Mann, James Joyce and Yukio Mishima bristle with Marías 's disdain. And sometimes the title phrase...


The Stone Angel
Margaret Laurence
0226469360
June 1993
Paperback
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From AudioFile
This arresting story, with its powerful opening, is beautifully read by a talented cast, sensitively led by Janet Wright as the heroine. At the end of her long life, Hagar Shipley looks back at the choices she made in her battle for personal independence. The cast's fine interpretation of each character pulls the listener into a Canadian family saga both intriguing and disturbing. The sightless stone angel, which overlooks the Canadian town and graces the production's CD jacket, serves as an apt metaphor for a melancholy story. Listeners may question some of Hagar's decisions and the prices she pays for them but will savor this poignant listening experience. L.C. 2005 Audie Award Finalist © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the...


Boone's Lick
Larry McMurtry
0671040588
March 2002
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Master storyteller Larry McMurtry unfurls a short, bright banner of a book following the fortunes of the Cecil family as they travel from Boone's Lick, Missouri, to the Western frontier. Though the story is narrated by her oldest son, 15-year-old Shay, the real hero of the book is Mary Margaret, the mother. Her husband, Dick, has left her and their four children in Boone's Lick while he seeks his fortunes in the West. Mary Margaret lives contentedly with the children and Dick's brother, Seth, until one day she decides she's had enough of playing the estranged wife and packs up the entire household. And so the Cecil family leaves their little town (where Wild Bill Hickok makes a cameo appearance) and travels by wagon to Wyoming, accompanied along the way by a fat Québecois priest and a Shoshone. They do find...


The Fire-Dwellers
Margaret Laurence
0226469514
Nov 1993
Paperback
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Review
?A tribute to Margaret Laurence?s talent?authentic freshness of vision and insight.?
?Canadian Forum

?Laurence is the best fiction writer in the Dominion and one of the best in the hemisphere.?
?Atlantic Monthly

Book Description
Convinced that life has more to offer than the tedious routine of her days, Stacey MacAindra yearns to recover some of the passion of her early romance. In this extraordinary novel, Margaret Laurence has given us yet another unforgettable heroine: smart, witty, but overwhelmed by the responsibilities of raising four children and trying to love her overworked husband. The Fire Dwellers helps us to rediscover all the richness of the commonplace, as well as the pain, beauty--and humor--of being alive.

"Stacey's state of mind...


Selected Letters of Margaret Laurence and Adele Wiseman
Margaret Laurence
0802042473
October 1997
Library Binding
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Selected Letters of Margaret Laurence and Adele Wiseman
Margaret Laurence
0802080901
October 1997
Paperback
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A Jest of God
Margaret Laurence
0226469522
Nov 1993
Paperback
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Review
?Fresh and arresting?unforgettably good and nothing less than brilliant.?
?Maclean?s

?Superb and movingly human.?
?Saturday Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description
A thirty-four-year-old school teacher living with her mother, Rachel Cameron feels trapped in an environment of small-town deceit and pettiness--her own and that of others. She longs for contact with another human being who shares her rebellious spirit. Finally, by confronting both love and death, Rachel earns the freedom she desperately needs.

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award, A Jest of God was also the basis of the movie Rachel, Rachel.

"Mrs. Laurence tells [her story] unsparingly, with absolute...


Children's Hospital Guide to Your Child's Health and Development
Children's Hospital Boston
0738207438
October 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Parenting literature is rife with specialization, and all-encompassing guides are often too general to be helpful; this new book from Children's Hospital Boston is an admirable exception. Assembled by a highly credentialed team of Harvard educators, with input from over 75 members of the hospital's staff, and presented in a friendly, matter-of-fact style with simple but helpful illustrations, it is a veritable encyclopedia on current developmental theory, medical recommendations and diverse parenting ideas, divided into five major sections: Setting the Stage discusses preparing for birth and postdelivery procedures; Your Child Age-by-Age includes five detailed chapters covering development, behavior, safety and parenting for newborns through school-age kids; Getting Help elucidates selecting and working with a...


The Life of Margaret Laurence
James King
0676971296
Aug 1998
Paperback
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Review
"A moving portrait of a troubled, passionate individual." -The Toronto Star

"King has created a Laurence who is reminiscent of her own fictional heroes--strong, vulnerable and full of life-affirming spirit." -The Calgary Herald

"A fascinating story, emotional and perplexing, and one sharply etched by both tragedy and triumph." -The London Free Press

"King's stirring, compassionate biography will inspire many readers to return to the unforgettable characters and moments Margaret Laurence left behind in her fiction." -The Hamilton Spectator

"King's is a full and fascinating book: as a narrative; as a rich view of the landscape of Canadian writing and publishing; and as an account of the complex forces that shaped Laurence's...


Margaret Laurence: The Making of a Writer
Donez Xiques
1550025791
August 2005
Hardcover
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Review
"For those already interested in Laurence, this work will no doubt prove valuable, and its focus on the under-appreciated African writing will add a great deal to the study of her early work." - Winnipeg Free Press, October, 2, 2005

Book Description

Margaret Laurence: The Making of a Writer is an engaging narrative that contains new and important findings about Laurence's life and career. This biography reveals the challenges, successes, and failures of the long apprenticeship that preceded the publication of the The Stone Angel, Laurence's first commercially successful novel.

Donez Xiques demonstrates the importance of Margaret Laurence's early work as a journalist in her development as a writer and covers her return to Canada from Africa in the late 1950s. ...



Crackpot
Adele Wiseman
0771098510
Mar 1989
Paperback
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Book Description
Hoda, the protagonist of Crackpot, is one of the most captivating characters in Canadian fiction. Graduating from a tumultuous childhood to a life of prostitution, she becomes a legend in her neighbourhood, a canny and ingenious woman, generous, intuitive, and exuding a wholesome lust for life.

Resonant with myth and superstition, this radiant novel is a joyous celebration of life and the mystery that is at the heart of all experience.

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Hoda, the protagonist of Crackpot, is one of the most captivating characters in Canadian fiction. Graduating from a tumultuous childhood to a life of prostitution, she becomes a legend in her neighbourhood, a canny and ingenious woman, generous, intuitive, and exuding a wholesome lust for...


New Perspectives on Margaret Laurence: Poetic Narrative, Multiculturalism, and Feminism, Vol. 154
Greta M.K. McCormick Coger
0313290423
May 1996
Hardcover
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Review
“Valuable to students and Laurence scholars alike, the 18 essays in this collection of 'predominantly American scholarship' are assembled under four headings: 'Language, Theme, and Image,' 'Narrative Structure,' 'Multiculturalism,' amd 'Feminist Perspectives.'... All collections.”–Choice

Book Description
Nearly all of Laurence's works from Africa and Canada are critiqued in this volume. The essays highlight Laurence's innovative narrative styles, showing how her combinations of oral literary forms and unique shifts in tense and point of view help her achieve vivid character portrayals. In addition, viewing Laurence's prose as closely textured poetry, her use of language, theme, and image are carefully critiqued. The importance of Laurence's portrayal of women's...


Jest of God
Margaret Laurence
0771099886
June 1988
Paperback
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Review
“Fresh and arresting…unforgettably good and nothing less than brilliant.”
Maclean’s

“Superb and movingly human.”
Saturday Review

Review
?Fresh and arresting?unforgettably good and nothing less than brilliant.?
?Maclean?s

?Superb and movingly human.?
?Saturday Review

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Ancestors and Gods: Margaret Laurence and the Dialectics of Identity
David Lucking
0820456276
October 2001
Paperback
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The Lamp at Noon and Other Stories
Sinclair Ross
0771099967
Nov 1988
Paperback
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Review
“Ross’ style is always beautifully matched to his material – spare, lean, honest, no gimmicks, and yet in its very simplicity setting up continuing echoes in the mind.”
–Margaret Laurence

Review
?Ross? style is always beautifully matched to his material ? spare, lean, honest, no gimmicks, and yet in its very simplicity setting up continuing echoes in the mind.?
?Margaret Laurence

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Margaret Laurence: The Long Journey Home
Patricia Morley
0773508562
February 1991
Paperback
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