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Alice Hoffman

Forfatter af Practical Magic

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Om forfatteren

Alice Hoffman, an American novelist and screenwriter, was born in New York City on March 16, 1952. She earned a B.A. from Adelphi University in 1973 and an M.A. in creative writing from Stanford University in 1975 before publishing her first novel, Property Of, in 1977. Known for blending realism vis mere and fantasy in her fiction, she often creates richly detailed characters who live on society's margins and places them in extraordinary situations as she did with At Risk, her 1988 novel about the AIDS crisis. Her other works include The Drowning Season, Seventh Heaven, The River King, Blue Diary, The Probable Future, The Ice Queen, and The Dovekeepers. Her book, The Third Angel, won the 2008 New England Booksellers' Award for fiction. Two of her novels, Practical Magic and Aquamarine, were made into films. She has also written numerous screenplays, including adaptations of her own novels and the original screenplay, Independence Day. Her title's The Museum of Exteaordinary Things, The Marriage of Opposites, Seventh Heaven, and The Rules of Magic made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Omfatter også følgende navne: Alice Hoffman, Alice Hoffman, Alice Hoffeman

Serier

Værker af Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic (1995) 5,869 eksemplarer, 173 anmeldelser
Here on Earth (1997) 3,157 eksemplarer, 55 anmeldelser
The Dovekeepers (2011) 3,016 eksemplarer, 146 anmeldelser
The Rules of Magic (2017) 2,616 eksemplarer, 114 anmeldelser
The Ice Queen (2005) 2,282 eksemplarer, 93 anmeldelser
The Museum of Extraordinary Things (2014) 2,187 eksemplarer, 121 anmeldelser
The Probable Future (2003) 1,953 eksemplarer, 59 anmeldelser
The River King (2000) 1,712 eksemplarer, 40 anmeldelser
I majnattens hede (1992) 1,659 eksemplarer, 31 anmeldelser
Blackbird House (2004) 1,582 eksemplarer, 67 anmeldelser
Green Angel (2003) 1,559 eksemplarer, 61 anmeldelser
The Marriage of Opposites (2015) 1,510 eksemplarer, 73 anmeldelser
Blue Diary (2001) 1,462 eksemplarer, 42 anmeldelser
Magic Lessons (2020) 1,421 eksemplarer, 54 anmeldelser
The Red Garden (2011) 1,336 eksemplarer, 87 anmeldelser
Incantation (2006) 1,278 eksemplarer, 58 anmeldelser
The Third Angel (2008) 1,233 eksemplarer, 44 anmeldelser
Skylight Confessions (2007) 1,184 eksemplarer, 39 anmeldelser
The Story Sisters (2009) 1,136 eksemplarer, 74 anmeldelser
Seventh Heaven (1990) 1,088 eksemplarer, 16 anmeldelser
The World That We Knew (2019) 1,071 eksemplarer, 47 anmeldelser
Aquamarine (2001) 1,022 eksemplarer, 30 anmeldelser
Second Nature (1994) 1,001 eksemplarer, 21 anmeldelser
Faithful (2016) 992 eksemplarer, 71 anmeldelser
Local Girls (1999) 926 eksemplarer, 17 anmeldelser
The Book of Magic (2021) 833 eksemplarer, 28 anmeldelser
Indigo (2002) 814 eksemplarer, 17 anmeldelser
At Risk (1988) 787 eksemplarer, 17 anmeldelser
Illumination Night (1987) 771 eksemplarer, 20 anmeldelser
The Foretelling (2005) 658 eksemplarer, 31 anmeldelser
Fortune's Daughter (1986) 647 eksemplarer, 6 anmeldelser
Nightbird (2015) 482 eksemplarer, 47 anmeldelser
The Invisible Hour (2023) 465 eksemplarer, 23 anmeldelser
White Horses (1982) 418 eksemplarer, 6 anmeldelser
The Drowning Season (1979) 395 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
Water Tales: Aquamarine & Indigo (2001) 368 eksemplarer, 7 anmeldelser
Property Of (1978) 344 eksemplarer, 6 anmeldelser
Green Witch (2010) 289 eksemplarer, 19 anmeldelser
Angel Landing (1999) 265 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
Survival Lessons (2013) 261 eksemplarer, 32 anmeldelser
The Bookstore Sisters - story (2022) 244 eksemplarer, 22 anmeldelser
Green Heart (2012) 191 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
Everything My Mother Taught Me (2019) 118 eksemplarer, 15 anmeldelser
Fireflies: A Winter's Tale (1999) 114 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Faerie Knitting: 14 Tales of Love and Magic (2018) 65 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Moondog (2004) 51 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Horsefly (2000) 37 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The Bookstore Wedding - story 27 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Ploughshares Winter 2011-2012 (2011) — Redaktør — 14 eksemplarer
Wanderlust (2011) 11 eksemplarer
When We Flew Away (2024) 10 eksemplarer
Ploughshares Fall 2003, Vol. 29, Nos. 2 & 3 (2003) — Redaktør — 6 eksemplarer
Conjure (2014) 4 eksemplarer
The Bookstore Keepers 2 eksemplarer
Shadow Show #5 (2015) 1 eksemplar
The Witch of Truro 1 eksemplar
Sister Witch {Essay} (2017) 1 eksemplar, 1 anmeldelse
Scribners Best: The Fiction Workshops 1997 (1997) — Redaktør — 1 eksemplar
Alto Risco Livro 1 (1989) 1 eksemplar
At Risk / Illumination Night (1998) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Til fyret : roman (1927) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver17,834 eksemplarer, 269 anmeldelser
Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from the New York Times (2001) — Bidragyder — 449 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
Shadow Show (2012) — Bidragyder — 372 eksemplarer, 31 anmeldelser
Practical Magic [1998 film] (1998) — Creator — 348 eksemplarer
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection (2005) — Bidragyder — 223 eksemplarer, 5 anmeldelser
Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories (2019) — Bidragyder — 105 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Aquamarine [2009 film] (2009) — Creator — 104 eksemplarer
It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art (2018) — Bidragyder — 75 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Tuning the Rig: A Journey to the Arctic (1990) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver72 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Cape Cod Stories: Tales from Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard (1996) — Introduktion — 52 eksemplarer, 5 anmeldelser
Shadow Show: Stories In Celebration of Ray Bradbury (2015) — Bidragyder — 52 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Once Upon a Childhood: Stories and Memories of American Youth (2004) — Bidragyder — 15 eksemplarer
Amerika, Amerika bloemlezing — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer
Faerie Magazine, #36 Autumn 2016: Vintage & Victoriana (2016) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Faerie Magazine, #25 Winter 2013: Mermaids (2013) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
American Review #23 (1975) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
Faerie Magazine, #29 Winter 2014 (2014) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Faerie Magazine, #40 Autumn 2017: Practical Magic (2017) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Faerie Magazine, #38 Spring 2017: The Warriors & Goddesses Issue (2017) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Dovekeepers [2015 TV mini series] (2015) — Creator — 3 eksemplarer
Enchanted Living, #52 Autumn 2020: The Natural Magic Issue (2020) — Interview / Excerpt — 2 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Enchanted Living, #45 Winter 2018: Celestial Issue (2018) — Interviewed — 2 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Enchanted Living, #56 Autumn 2021: The Abundance Issue (2021) — Interviewed — 2 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Enchanted Living, #48 Autumn 2019: Witch Issue (2019) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar, 1 anmeldelse
Faerie Magazine, #35 Summer 2016 (2016) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar, 1 anmeldelse
Faerie Magazine, #32 Autumn 2015 (2015) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar, 1 anmeldelse
Faerie Magazine, #39 Summer 2017: A Midsummer Faerie Court (2017) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar, 1 anmeldelse
Faerie Magazine, #33 Winter 2015 (2015) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar, 1 anmeldelse
Faerie Magazine, #34 Spring 2016: The Floral Issue (2016) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar, 1 anmeldelse
Faerie Magazine, #37 Winter 2016: The Naughty & Nice Issue (2016) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar, 1 anmeldelse

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Fødselsdato
1952-03-16
Køn
female
Nationalitet
USA
Fødested
New York, New York, USA
Bopæl
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
New York, New York, USA
Uddannelse
Adelphi University (BA)
Stanford University (MA, creative writing)
Erhverv
novelist
short-story writer
Relationer
Hoffman, Lisa (cousin)
Organisationer
Hoffman Breast Center
Doubleday
Brandeis University
Agent
Elaine Markson (Elaine Markson Agency)
Amanda Urban (ICM Partners)
Kort biografi
Alice Hoffman is an American novelist and young-adult and children's writer, best known for her 1995 novel Practical Magic, which was adapted for a 1998 film of the same name. Many of her works fall into the genre of magic realism and contain elements of magic, irony, and non-standard romances and relationships.

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The Bookstore Wedding by Alice Hoffman picks up five years after the events in The Bookstore Sisters. The Gibson sisters, Sophie and Isabel, who have since returned to Brinkley’s Island, run the Once upon a Time Bookshop with a bakery section selling delectable treats based on their late mother’s recipes. Isabel and Johnny Lenox are planning their wedding for the fourth time, after their last three plans fell through at the last moment due to unforeseen circumstances.

The narrative follows Isabel and Sophie as they navigate the challenges that come their way as they plan for Isabel’s wedding.

“Love makes you do unexpected things. It’s never what you think it will be.”

This is a lovely story that revolves around themes of family, sisterhood, love, second chances, community and of course the therapeutic value of books and reading. Stories such as these are rarely unpredictable, but what makes them special is the journey to the end and Alice Hoffman does not disappoint! I loved the bookstore setting and the author’s depiction of the close-knit community and how everyone banded together to support the sisters in their time of need was truly touching. A few emotionally heavy themes are woven into the narrative and the author addresses the same with compassion. I loved the literary references and the baked treats with their enchanting names. Beautifully written with endearing characters (including a dog named Hank, who has a very important role to play), and full of hope and heart, this is a heartwarming story and a wonderful addition to this short story series.

I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.

“He informed her that a famous philosopher had written that people lived their lives forward and only understood them when they looked backward. But by the time that happened, there was usually very little time left. Life would slip away before you knew it, so you had to live every day as if it was your last, for it just might be. Today would soon be the distant past, and you would have to strain to remember what you did or who you spoke to.”

This was my Amazon First Reads selection for July 2024.
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Markeret
srms.reads | 2 andre anmeldelser | Jul 15, 2024 |
Wedding Bell Blues
Review of the Amazon Prime First Reads advance release (July 1, 2024) of the Amazon Original Stories eBook & audiobook (August 1, 2024)

The Bookstore Wedding continues the story of The Bookstore Sisters (2022) which I reviewed at the time as The Prodigal Daughter Returns. As the theme of the first story centered around books and bookshops, I felt quite positive about it and gave it a good review. This 2nd entry is more along the lines of romance fiction and despite the various obstacles to its forecasted wedding plans, it layered on so much sweetness that it became completely unrealistic. I see that Alice Hoffman is otherwise known as a magical realism writer, and although there is no actual "magic" here, it is definitely in the realm of romance fantasy.

The cloying aspect is accentuated by an extended listing of baked goods with cutesy names which the sisters sell as a sideline in their bookshop. These include "I'll Miss You Forever Cakes", "Never Get Lost Oatmeal Cookies", "I Must Be in Heaven Chocolate Brownies", "Blue Moon Blueberry Muffins", "Treat Me, Don't Trick Me Cookies", "Good Witch Gingerbread", "Please Can I Have Some More Apple Cookies", "Double Bunny Hop Coconut Macaroons", "Cheshire Cat Peanut Butter Cookies", "Do Right Spice Cookies", "Marry Me, Marry Me Wedding Cake", "Midnight Chocolate Cake", "Kiss Me Twice Carrot Cake", "Make the Most of Life Pink Lemonade Cake", "Fall Madly in Love Cookies", "Love Me Do Chocolate Chip Cookies", "Do I Dare Cheese Puffs"(I think I found them all, might have missed a few).

There is a nice twist towards the end, but this otherwise really overdid it in the sweetness department. Admittedly I'm not a romance fiction reader and picked this up due to its being a free book.

The extended story of The Bookstore Sisters will continue with the next entry in the series The Bookstore Keepers with an expected publication date of February 4, 2025.

Trivia and Links
Amazon Prime First Reads are available to Amazon Prime subscribers. Commonly they offer advance reads of books in Kindle eBook format one month before the date of official release. The current month's selection is available here (Link goes to Amazon US, adjust for your own country or region).

You can watch for current and past Amazon Original Kindle short stories which are usually paired with their Audible Original narrations at an Amazon page here.
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Markeret
alanteder | 2 andre anmeldelser | Jul 6, 2024 |
How do I describe a book with which I have a dysfunctional relationship? It had so much potential and then it never delivered. The main characters are in need of a good ass-kicking for being stupid, selfish, and spineless people. And the ending? don't even get me started on that!

My biggest pet peeve with a book and its plot, is when an author throws in tiny side stories or mentions things that never get resolved or finished.

To put it simply, it's like watching a train-wreck and not being able to look away because it's THAT bad and you want to watch until they clear the scene.

In all honesty, the book had it's tiny moments of glory, but overall it was too cliché, and I felt like the narrator should be someone from Savannah, Georgia; what with all of the "Why, this blah blah" & "why, that blah blah"

I dont know...if you're desperate for something to read and aren't picky about it, then this is for you.
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Markeret
prebs29 | 54 andre anmeldelser | Jul 6, 2024 |
 
Markeret
Sporkles | 145 andre anmeldelser | Jun 29, 2024 |

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67
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Medlemmer
52,990
Popularitet
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Vurdering
3.8
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ISBN
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