Search Results: "Alan Warner"


BOOK REVIEW

MORVERN CALLAR by Alan Warner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 1997

"Morvern is the raw, resilient voice of a generation, and if this not-quite-ironic tale of redemption and Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting are any indication, the Scottish Beats are already strong contenders for world-class literary status. (Author tour)"
How does a do-it-all party girl become a woman of virtue, the next best thing to the Virgin Mary? Read full book review >

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THE SOPRANOS by Alan Warner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"A little of this goes a long way, but Warner ends things smashingly with a seriocomic 'all-nighter' featuring fireworks in toilets, 'snogging' and 'shagging' enough for all, followed by a happily unrepentant journey home."
A defiantly abrasive tale by Scots author Warner (These Demented Lands, 1998, etc.) chronicles the misadventures of a sextet of teenaged Catholic schoolgirls seeking excitement and dissipation. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Good for one-on-one sharing or paired with titles such as Saxton Freymann's Fast Food (2006) for a festive, food-themed storytime. (list of foods portrayed in each photo) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Peek into worlds where the trees are made of broccoli and the clouds of sweet meringue. Read full book review >

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THE MOON QUILT by Sunny Warner
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"The notion of consciously and even joyfully preparing for death after a long life is not necessarily inappropriate for children, but the execution of this story is so deliberately and highly metaphorical it will likely escape the grasp of most young readers. (Picture book. 6-10)"
An old woman prepares for death by stitching her memories into a quilt. Read full book review >

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IT’S ONLY TEMPORARY by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2008

"Illustrations from Skye's all-important sketchbook add visual humor. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When Skye's brother suffers brain damage in a horrendous car accident, her parents become preoccupied with their own misery and the need to help him recover. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC SEWING MACHINE by Sunny Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A story-hour special. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two orphans, brother and sister, triumph over their miserable lot in life with the help of a magic sewing machine. Read full book review >

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A LONG TIME AGO TODAY by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Warner writes a poignant story of friendship and mother-daughter love that will not leave a dry eye among its intended readers. (Fiction. 10-13)"
An angry Dilly Howell, 12, blames her mother for dying six years ago and resents the control her mother still maintains over her and her father's lives. Read full book review >

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SOME FRIEND by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"An enjoyable and involving book, it is somehow incomplete. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Dog Years (1995, not reviewed), Case Hill has a new set of problems to deal with, the most serious of which concerns his best friend, Ned. Read full book review >

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THE LETO BUNDLE by Marina Warner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2001

"Pynchon), but her Bundle is alive with quirky inventions, and it's great fun watching her try and fail to pull it all together."
Myths and fairy tales are crucial presences in Warner's cultural histories (No Go the Bogeyman, 1999, etc.) and novels like Indigo (1992), The Lost Father (1989), and her newest: an ambitious, intermittently chaotic reshaping of the classical tale of Leto. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Warner's ethical vision succeeds as a utopian revelation of sex freed from shame, but a sharper eye for the real-life ramifications of such an outlook might have revealed its limitations."
Warner (English/Rutgers Univ.) challenges the current stodginess of queer activism—focused as it is on the gay community's hope to be considered "normal"—through his incisive critique of the banalities and dangers of such normalcy. Read full book review >