Search Results: "A. Manette Ansay"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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MOTORCYCLE MUSINGS
by Bobbi Dumas

Two fave authors have books coming out early next month, and I thought I’d make sure these titles are on your radar screen.

Laura Kaye and Julie Ann Walker always promise heart-stopping action and breathtaking romance, and if you haven’t read these two yet, then I recommend you get on that right away!

They’re both romance bestsellers, so I expect ...


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SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL
by Mandy Wan

BOOK REPORT for Wonderful Feels Like This by Sara Lövestam, translated by Laura A. Wideburg

Cover Story: Underbar
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale:
 7
Talky Talk: Straight Up, Swedish Style
Bonus Factors:
 Jazz, Kickass Jazz Mentor
Ambivalence Factor: Bullying
Relationship Status: 'S Wonderful

Cover Story: Underbar

The brightness! The colors! The '80s Boy George hat ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE KEENING by A. LaFaye
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"Those who are carried along by her story will enjoy a surprise ending that moves this entertaining effort beyond historical fiction into mild though plausible fantasy. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Lyza lives with her parents on an isolated point of land outside a small coastal Maine town in 1918. Read full book review >

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WORTH by A. LaFaye
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"Something for everyone. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
"A steer you'd have to pay for, but a boy you could adopt for free," says Nathaniel after he injures his leg and his father adopts John Worth to help work their Nebraska land. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF THE SAWDUST MAN by A. LaFaye
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1998

"Even if there is no end to books about shattered families living in small southern towns, LaFaye depicts complex, profoundly disturbed characters with a sure hand, and this turbulent story joins Ruth White's Belle Prater's Boy (1996) as a cut above the rest. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Her mother's sudden, wordless departure drives Nissa, 11, into mental instability in this searching, character-driven debut. Read full book review >