Search Results: "A. Manette Ansay"


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LIMBO by A. Manette Ansay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"A graceful, wonderfully written memoir that's sure to please Ansay's fiction fans—as well as readers of confessional and inspirational literature."
After four novels (Vinegar Hill, 1994, etc.) and one story collection, Ansay debuts in nonfiction with a thoughtful memoir of affliction and redemption. Read full book review >

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GOOD THINGS I WISH YOU by A. Manette Ansay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2009

"An ambitious attempt to combine intellectual concepts with the emotional energy of fiction, but in this case thought overpowers feeling."
From novelist and former concert pianist Ansay (Blue Water, 2006, etc.), metafiction about a novelist writing about pianist Clara Schumann. Read full book review >

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BLUE WATER by A. Manette Ansay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2006

"Effective at moments. But, for the most part, the telling is long and the showing short; not much happens, and when it does, it seldom moves."
A soft-spoken, unenergetic narrative of grief, anger and forgiveness. Read full book review >

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RIVER ANGEL by A. Manette Ansay
Released: April 8, 1998

"Ansay can do better than this. (Author tour)"
Ansay's strangely uninvolving third novel (after Vinegar Hill, 1994, and Sister, 1996) narrates the effects of an ostensibly supernatural occurrence on a small Wisconsin town: a faux-mystical tale that may enthrall the spiritually challenged while leaving more skeptical readers wondering what the hell it's talking about. Read full book review >

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SISTER by A. Manette Ansay
Released: July 1, 1996

"A gifted writer who needs to pace herself. (Author tour)"
Second-novelist Ansay (Vinegar Hill, 1994) again traces the scars of childhood emotional abuse—here, strikingly rendered, the crippling and even deadly effects of abuse on the lives of Abby and Sam Schiller, the children of a sadistic small-town midwestern car dealer, as they grow toward troubled adulthood in the 1970s and '80s. Read full book review >

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VINEGAR HILL by A. Manette Ansay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Lovely prose, but only for those who can stomach the content."
First-time author Ansay, a 1992 recipient of the Nelson Algren Prize, subjects her readers to a small-town family's legacy of abuse and despair. Read full book review >

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I HEAR A PICKLE by Rachel Isadora
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Teachers, make sure this is on your shelves—it's a great read-aloud, an easy read for beginning readers, and a model for student books. (Picture/concept book. 3-6)"
Only the last page features the titular pickle—the rest of the book is a tribute to the five senses that will resonate with young readers. Read full book review >

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PEEK-A BOO! by Nina Laden
by Nina Laden, illustrated by Nina Laden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A good-enough choice for parents and teachers to use to get the youngest goblins excited about many adults' favorite holiday while introducing sophisticated, though still one-syllable, vocabulary. (Board book. 1-3)"
Laden puts a Halloween spin on her successful wordplay board books, Peek-a-Who? (2000) and Peek-a-Zoo! (2014). Read full book review >

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PEEK-A-ZOO! by Nina Laden
by Nina Laden, illustrated by Nina Laden
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"While the first book executed this gimmick more successfully (there are only so many words that rhyme with 'Boo'), this companion title is a welcome pairing. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
The follow-up to the long-lived and much-loved Peek-a-Who? (2000) is finally here. Read full book review >

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PEEK-A CHOO-CHOO! by Nina Laden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A disappointing trip on a too-frequently-driven track. (Board book. 1-3)"
Laden revisits the formula she found early success with in Peek-a Who? (2000). Read full book review >

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PEEK-A-WHO? by Nina Laden
by Nina Laden, illustrated by Nina Laden
Released: April 1, 2000

"Companion book is Ready, Set, Go! (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
The classic child's game of peek-a-boo becomes an exuberant guessing game in this compact, colorful board book from Laden (When Pigasso Met Mootisse, 1998). Read full book review >