March 25, 2012
By Eric Goodman University of Nebraska Press. 288 pages. $18.95. Reviewed by John Shortino Within the first few pages of Twelfth and Race , Eric Goodman introduces many of his novel's major themes: racial tension, family secrets, parental abandonment, and the loss of identity. As the book opens, Lorraine, a young mother, leaves her family and mixed-race son, driven away in part by their rejection of her Puerto Rican boyfriend. Her son, Richard, grows up to have his identity stolen.
September 20, 1998 |
For all its weighty political import and its power to shock and compel, the Starr report is, at its core, a book of family secrets. A squalid catalog of a husband's betrayal and a father's lies, the report, for many people, threatens their right to work out their family problems privately, in their own time, and on their own terms. "It's scary because we all have family secrets," said William R. Stayton, a Philadelphia clinical psychologist and ordained minister in the American Baptist Convention.
September 8, 1993 |
Tucked into a back corner of Elaine's, the chic bistro better known for its literary celebrities than for its linguine, Anna Monardo is helping to restore balance to both American literature and its prime Manhattan watering hole. On the walls surrounding her, gondolas alfresco provide the right visuals. On the plate beside her, steaming pasta sends up the right aromas. On the empty chair across from her, a heroically achieved new book - The Courtyard of Dreams (Doubleday), her just-published, 10-years-in-the-making first novel about an Italian American woman's romantic coming of age in Calabria - gives her the right to speak out. And on the table in front of her is the question rocketed into literary space last year by Italian American nonfiction writer (and occasional Elaine's habitue)
March 9, 2001 |
Nina Gonen's intriguing Family Secrets never quite manages to crack the secret of melding melodrama with the richness and range of themes it wants to explore. Gonen's movie, which opens the Israeli Film Festival 2001 at International House on Saturday, is an ambitious essay on how the sins of the past impinge on the present. Its flaws are easily forgiven when we encounter the fascinating and unusually enigmatic figure who is the instrument of devastation within his family. Family Secrets opens with a teenage girl emptying a bottle of lethal pills into the coffee of her great-uncle Alfred.
November 21, 2015 |
Family secrets can be dangerous at the best of times: Repressed trauma doesn't die when it's buried. And like the vengeful ghost of Hamlet's father, it always finds its way back to haunt the living. All the more so if the family in question is headed by a scientist conducting mind-control experiments for the CIA. That's the premise of TV writer-producer Michael Z. Wechsler's feature premiere, Altered Minds , a powerful, effective - if admittedly fanciful and contrived - psychological thriller starring Judd Hirsch as the gentle patriarch of a Philadelphia family who is confronted about his dark past by his grown children.
May 3, 2011
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3 p.m., NBC10) - Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers perform; Star Jones. The Oprah Winfrey Show (4 p.m., 6ABC) - Shania Twain. The Biggest Loser (8 p.m., NBC10) - Style guru Tim Gunn helps the contestants pick out new outfits. Glee (8 p.m., Fox29) - Sue decides to revive the school newspaper with reports designed to stir up trouble. Hellcats (9 p.m., CW57) - Marti's bond with Deidre grows stronger as she investigates more family secrets.
July 22, 1991 |
Yo! Does chocolate water ice have real chocolate in it, or would it be an OK treat for someone who's cutting down on fats? What's in water ice, anyway? The fudge factor on this week's answer is going to be higher than usual, due to the guarded nature of local vendors' water ice recipes. "Without giving away any family secrets," said Jonathan Menta of Morrone's, "I'm going to have to say there is the potential (for chocolate) to be higher in calories. " Flavors other than chocolate, he explained, have exactly three ingredients: water, sugar and "secret formula.
August 13, 2010 |
This week's new DVD releases range from the very smart to the completely stupid. Numb3rs: The Final Season, Grade B: David Krumholtz changes the nerd image of a math wizard with his portrayal of Charlie Eppes on this canceled CBS series. The show proves smart can be cool. Not only does his character have fashion sense, he has a hot girlfriend and she's as smart - or smarter - than anyone on the show. The couple use their supersize brains to help the FBI fight crime. The show is a clever blend of police drama with mathematics.
July 10, 2009 |
At 70, Francis Ford Coppola still has it. Tetro , his feverish and operatic family drama that pits father against son, brother against brother and artist against block, has palpably recharged the filmmaker. And it will electrify audiences despite a curious last act when secrets and blood are spilled promiscuously. Largely set in Buenos Aires and shot in black-and-white as moody as its characters, Tetro is both the film's title and the nickname of its central character, Angelo Tetrocini (Vincent Gallo)
March 6, 2016
The Travelers By Chris Pavone Crown. 448 pp. $26 Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill Edgar-winner Chris Pavone has built a career on involving stories about people with deep secrets. Not so much the family secrets that are de rigueur in many thrillers - though they often enter into his novels - but secrets masked by a job requiring travel or relocating to another country. After all, who really knows what a financial security expert does, which was the plot of Pavone's award-winning debut, The Expats , or, in the case of the gripping The Travelers , a jet-setting travel writer?