Books by Jo Ann Beard

IN ZANESVILLE by Jo Ann Beard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2011

"This could be an instruction book for a perceptive teenager. For an adult, it resonates as a bittersweet remembrance of a time when life was more difficult than it should have been."
Angst, and a grudging reconciliation to childhood being left behind, are the heart of this debut novel. Read full book review >
THE BOYS OF MY YOUTH by Jo Ann Beard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 1998

"Were more of her memoirs to display the focus glimpsed in those pieces, they would be the makings of an impressive first book. (Part of this volume appeared in the New Yorker, and Beard is the recipient of a 1997 Whiting Award.)"
These one-dimensional autobiographical fragments of girlhood, young adulthood, and a crumbling marriage are exercises in mere recollection, mostly lacking the reflection or the narrative drive to make them worthwhile. Read full book review >