Books by John S. Barrett

THE DUCK AND THE OWL by Hanna Johansen
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"There's a resolution of sorts—'See you again soon,' says the owl, dozing into his much-needed day's sleep—but one doesn't hold out much hope for the relationship. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two birds residing in the same meadow take a rather neurotic stab at friendship in this Swiss import. Read full book review >
IN THE FLESH by Christa Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"A murky and elliptical descent into darkness."
German writer from the former GDR, Wolf offers her latest intellectual-personal foray (Medea: A Modern Retelling, 1998, etc.): a somber, spare, sensitive treatment of pain, illness and memory. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"A story of hallucinatory grotesqueness told in an appalled voice that separates fact from rumor and grows rightfully angrier until the very bitter end. (8 pp. b&w photographs)"
A tale of foul and petty mistrust, nastiness, corruption, and careerism that led to a man's beheading and the incarceration of his charge, during the Nazi Nuremberg years. Read full book review >
HENRIETTA AND THE GOLDEN EGGS by Hanna Johansen
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"Better for one-on-one reading to give the pictures (and chickens) their due. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Henrietta is one of 3,333 chickens crowded together in a chicken house on a chicken farm in a space with just enough room for their feet; she is the only little one and the only one without a cough or loss of feathers. Read full book review >