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Elizabeth Berg (1) (1948–)

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Elizabeth Berg was born December 2, 1948 and educated at the University of Minnesota and at St. Mary's College. Elizabeth Berg's first novel was "Durable Goods". "Talk Before Sleep" was a 1996 Abby Honor Book & a "New York Times" bestseller. "Range of Motion", "The Pull of the Moon", & "Joy School" vis mere were all critically acclaimed bestsellers. In 1996, she won the New England Booksellers Award for body of work. In 1997, she won the NEBA Award in fiction, and in 2000 became the author of an Oprah Book Club selection. Her book, The Dream Lover, is a New York Times 2015 bestseller. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre


Værker af Elizabeth Berg

Open House (2000) 2,815 eksemplarer
The Year of Pleasures (2005) 1,447 eksemplarer
The Art of Mending (2004) 1,438 eksemplarer
Talk Before Sleep (1997) 1,356 eksemplarer
We Are All Welcome Here (2006) 1,223 eksemplarer
Home Safe (1993) 1,204 eksemplarer
What We Keep (1998) 1,193 eksemplarer
The Pull of the Moon (1996) 1,124 eksemplarer
Never Change (2001) 1,088 eksemplarer
Dream When You're Feeling Blue (2007) 1,019 eksemplarer
Joy School (1997) 957 eksemplarer
Durable Goods (1993) 938 eksemplarer
The Story of Arthur Truluv (2017) 900 eksemplarer
Range of Motion (1995) 861 eksemplarer
The Last Time I Saw You (2010) 833 eksemplarer
Say When (2003) 813 eksemplarer
True to Form (2002) 762 eksemplarer
Until the Real Thing Comes Along (1999) 663 eksemplarer
Tapestry of Fortunes (2013) 531 eksemplarer
The Dream Lover (2015) 530 eksemplarer
Once Upon a Time, There Was You (2011) 520 eksemplarer
The Handmaid and the Carpenter (2006) 491 eksemplarer
Night of Miracles (2018) 460 eksemplarer
Ordinary Life: Stories (2002) 391 eksemplarer
The Confession Club (2019) 362 eksemplarer
Earth's the Right Place for Love (2023) 135 eksemplarer
I'll Be Seeing You: A Memoir (2020) 101 eksemplarer
Un amour en hiver (2003) 3 eksemplarer
Katie Nash Series: Books 1-3 (2017) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting (2013) — Bidragyder — 263 eksemplarer
The Breast: An Anthology (1995) — Bidragyder — 7 eksemplarer

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Oh, my. What a lovely, fairly nostalgic coming-of-age story.

I mean, it squeezed or stung my heart at several moments along the way, and yes, there's a tragic aspect to it. There are also a couple of scenes of disheartening (not bloody or bone-breaking, but disheartening) violence, a smidgen of language, and an inappropriate "beyond the classroom" relationship between two folks—although it's handled in a mostly offscreen, "PG" fashion.

But the down-to-earth quality of the story, the easy pace, the understated yet heartfelt beauty of this substantive slice of a small-town boy/young man's life... Even while I was pretty sad here and there, I felt like I was wrapped up in a soft, consoling blanket, and I ultimately had to smile.

I'll likely get in some reading that's more upbeat before I move on to what I'm guessing will be another poignant story involving the main character here. But I do indeed plan on reading the next book about Arthur.
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NadineC.Keels | 10 andre anmeldelser | Feb 18, 2024 |
Oh my goodness that ended fast and, well, kind of underwhelming. But I guess family can be underwhelmingly normal, too. I liked Laura. She was quirky but responsible and mature. I liked Caroline's complexity as well. Just not enough.
chailatte | 48 andre anmeldelser | Feb 5, 2024 |
A fun read. Simple story. Seven women ranging from twenties to seventies meet each week for dessert and a confession of one of the members. It?s about people mot judging you and caring about you. Kirkus: This website uses cookies to enhance user experience and to analyze performance and traffic on our website. Learn moreGot it!Kirkus logo SIGN IN Profile Picturekirkus nav logo Book Reviews News & Features Kirkus Prize Magazine Writers' Center More Profile Picture search THE CONFESSION CLUB bookshelfAll the bucolic pacifism of an episode of Prairie Home Companion without the seething undercurrents.READ REVIEW Like Counts 0 Share via Facebook Share via Twitter Share via Email PrintTHE CONFESSION CLUBby Elizabeth Berg RELEASE DATE: Nov. 19, 2019The denizens of Mason, Missouri, are at it again, dispensing just deserts with unearned optimism on the side.The premise for this book, a sequel to two other novels set in Mason (Night of Miracles, 2018; The Story of Arthur Truluv, 2017), is the Confession Club, a group of mostly middle-aged women who meet regularly at each other?s homes to exchange secrets over wine and treats. For the most part, though, the Confession Club operates independently and irrelevantly of the novel?s main concernthe ongoing sagas of the late Arthur Truluv?s surviving friends. Iris, baking teacher extraordinaire, is about to turn 50, and 20-something Maddy has just returned from New York City with her 7-year-old daughter, Nola, leaving her new husband behind. A major character is introduced: John, a 66-year-old, handsome, homeless Vietnam vet, has made his way from Chicago to Mason, taking up residence in an abandoned farmhouse. Berg does not delve deeply into either the details of John?s homeless existence or his Vietnam combat experience. However, the competence and resourcefulness John displays as a homeless person are strangely at odds with his PTSD. This contradiction might give readers pause, since PTSD (for which he refused counseling) led to John's wife?s departure, which resulted in his homelessness. Iris is immediately attracted to John, albeit leery of himÂ¥and it?s unclear how leery she should be. The Confession Club seems to exist mostly to explore themes like infidelity, loneliness, independence, and longing, which are too generic to relate to the principal players? predicaments. As usual, Mason is a refuge unruffled by the country?s political turmoil, and conflict, if any, is mostly avoided before it can generate any excitement. Some readers may wish to return to Mason again and again, to relax with the literary equivalent of well-worn slippers, a glass of wine, and no wellness diets in sight. But readers seeking insight into modern American life, leavened with humor, might be better challenged by Richard Russo or Anne Tyler.All the bucolic pacifism of an episode of Prairie Home Companion without the seething undercurrents.… (mere)
bentstoker | 24 andre anmeldelser | Jan 26, 2024 |
From Publishers Weekly:Husbands frequently tune out their spouses, but Frank Griffin makes valiant attempts to ignore Ellen, his wife of 10 years, when she announces she has a lover and wants a divorce in this endearing, undemanding novel by Berg (True to Form, etc.). Griffin (he goes by his last name) struggles to hold on to his normal life-namely his house and his eight-year-old daughter, Zoe-while repairing his relationship with Ellen. Refreshingly, Berg tells the story from Griffin's point of view: he refuses to leave home, insisting that he and Ellen live as roommates, and tries to wear her down with small acts of kindness. A decent man and a good provider, Griffin is also-he comes to realize-a less-than-exciting partner at times, dismissive of his wife's attempts to get him to read poetry and see art movies, or try anything new at all. Eccentric, shy Ellen, an isolated, stay-at-home mother whose only friend is the waitress at her regular diner, has her own flaws. In trying to live out her adolescence 20-plus years too late, she flaunts her new romance in ways that evoke either disdain or pity for her navetƒ. Some readers may feel she gives up her quest for more freedom too quickly; others will appreciate the way she explores her complicated feelings about her marriage. Griffin, meanwhile, makes changes, too, trying a stint as a shopping mall Santa and winning a few dates. Berg has a talent for dialogue, and her skillfully crafted interactions between characters-scenes with tomboy Zoe are always a bright spot-are homey and convincing. These days, separation and divorce are commonplace, but a book that treats those subjects with Berg's tenderness and understanding is not.… (mere)
bentstoker | 21 andre anmeldelser | Jan 26, 2024 |



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