Search Results: "Alette J. Willis"


BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO MAKE A GOLEM AND TERRIFY PEOPLE by Alette J. Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2012

"Some exciting moments but the character development seems forced, the monster not all that terrifying, and the 'conquering fear' theme works better on a metaphorical level than an actual one. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Two classmates and an ancient alchemist help a meek Edinburgh teen get a handle on her fears. Read full book review >

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JUNK TO GOLD by Willis Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2014

"A memoir full of entrepreneurial spirit that may be inspirational to readers trying to make it in business on their own."
A fast-acting entrepreneur with a positive attitude, good gut instincts and endless energy relates how he made money on junked autos in thisdebut memoir. Read full book review >

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GESTATION SEVEN by J. Stewart Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 2017

"A mild, cautionary tale about science ethics that sidesteps expected pulp-action clichés."
Young government scientist David Neale finds his life crumbling in a media firestorm after an unauthorized, after-hours experiment in human reproduction goes awry. Read full book review >

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DEBORAH WILLIS
by Megan Labrise

Don’t be afraid of The Dark and Other Love Stories but be warned: Deborah Willis’s delectable fictions aren’t amorous confections.

“I think that title is a bit misleading—actually, I know it is,” says Willis, by phone from home in Calgary. “A lot of people, when I tell them the title say, That sounds so lovely! I can’t wait!” ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1992

Twain's domestic years (1870-1904) were not what he considered his best. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Despite the rhetorical excesses and some padding (two throwaway pieces about Picasso and Warhol): a must-browse for readers interested in feminism and the culture wars."
The former Village Voice writer and editor (Journalism/NYU) collects almost 30 essays and book reviews spanning the 80's. Read full book review >

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DOOMSDAY BOOK by Connie Willis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 15, 1992

"Splendid work—brutal, gripping, and genuinely harrowing, the product of diligent research, fine writing, and well-honed instincts, that should appeal far beyond the usual science-fiction constituency."
Second solo novel (following Lincoln's Dreams, 1987) from an author best known for her strong stories (the collection Fire Watch, etc.). Read full book review >

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LONELY DECEPTIONS by D.R. Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2011

"The literary equivalent of your favorite late-night, Jersey-diner comfort food—effortlessly digestible."
This twisting neo-noir mixes Mayberry-esque domesticity with paranoiac Big Sleep double-dealings, set against a panoramic backdrop stretching from Rosewood, N.J., to the very heart of Mother Russia. Read full book review >

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THE STRUGGLE FOR SEA POWER by Sam Willis
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"A page-turner that delivers an eye-opening history of the American Revolution from a different perspective, as well as surprising details of what Willis maintains was the greatest war of the age of sail."
A history of how the American revolt of 1775 evolved into a worldwide conflict. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NAKED WITHOUT A HAT by Jeanne Willis
FICTION
Released: May 11, 2004

"With strong secondary characters and an original final twist, this British story, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread prize, moves slowly at times but ultimately rewards the reader in full measure. (Fiction. YA)"
Will Avery, who's slow, deliberate, and unusually kind to both people and animals, narrates his love story in an unsophisticated voice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BARN BURNER by Patricia Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2000

"Worthy. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In this compelling, well-written historical novel, peopled with beautifully realized characters, Willis (Danger Along the Ohio, 1997, etc.) explores the themes of finding oneself, of friendship, and of the true meaning of family and home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Willis's style is resolutely unflashy, and she doesn't show much range of tone and mood, but this is a remarkably mature, self-assured debut by a writer whose work will draw comparisons to Alice Munro and Mavis Gallant."
The well-made, mostly downbeat stories in Canadian writer Willis's debut collection feature characters with an intimate understanding of loss—loss past, loss present, even the losses to come. Read full book review >