Search Results: "Anna Jane Hays"


BOOK REVIEW

SMARTY SARA by Anna Jane Hays
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 8, 2008

"Emergent readers deserve better than this incoherent and condescending tale. (Early reader. 4-7)"
The "mystery" of the key Sara finds on her doorstep plays itself out in this wan offering for young readers. Read full book review >

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READY, SET, PRESCHOOL! by Anna Jane Hays
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2005

"Includes a parent's education guide. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Former Sesame Street editor-in-chief Hays offers a comprehensive resource for fledgling preschoolers and their anxious parents. Read full book review >

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SUN by Natalie Jane Prior
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The board-book audience is unlikely to respond to the delicacy of either illustrations or text—a sad mismatch of form and content. (Ages 3-5)"
Lovely, subtle watercolors and a lyrical text are squashed into a board format that shortchanges both book and readers. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"The reader must care about the Hays family to be interested in this cross between a rite of passage and a sea passage, but the voyagers deserve accolades for this hazardous journey."
In an account combining elements of The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym and a sensitivity training group, a father and son courageously voyage around the tip of South America, challenging the elements, their sailing prowess, and their capacity to get along. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOLY SMOKE by Anna Campion
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 1999

"The premise and plot are very old-hat, but the Campion sisters' narration is fresh and deft enough to breathe life into them: Worth a look."
A dual debut for filmmaker Campion and her sister Anna, who offer an account of a very twisted love/hate affair that transpires between a kidnaped cult member and her deprogrammer. Read full book review >

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THE STOLEN BRIDE by Tony Hays
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 10, 2012

"A realistic portrait of post-Roman Britain as no Camelot but a down-and-dirty home to warring factions—complex, exciting and well worth your time."
King Arthur's counselor must wear many hats, including a deerstalker. Read full book review >

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THE CULTURAL CONTRADICTIONS OF MOTHERHOOD by Sharon Hays
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Hays is sensitive to the emotional issues involved—and equally astute in perceiving their sociopolitical context."
A lucid, probing examination of our culture's contradictory and troubled relationship to motherhood—and how it affects mothers. Read full book review >

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TODAY I AM A BOY by David Hays
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2000

"To his credit, Hays doesn't oversentimentalize things; to his discredit, he never makes his journey the story it could have been. A disappointment."
A semiretired theater director, at age 66, finally becomes a man. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 1999

TAKE TWO AND HIT TO RIGHTGolden Days on the Semi-Pro DiamondHays, Hobe Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLE WITH PATRIOTS by Tony Hays
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"Mildly diverting at times, sophomoric and stultifyingly clichéd at others."
Mystery novelist and journalist Hays (Murder in the Latin Quarter, not reviewed) pens a broad, labored farce about ethanol-fueled English instructors, hand-holding Arabs and spooks around every corner in post-Desert Storm Kuwait. Read full book review >

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DYING LIGHT by Donald Hays
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2005

"Repetitious and trite, despite a few plainspoken, heart-rending moments."
Ten stories in a first collection, mostly about middle-aged Southern men coping with a lifetime of regrets and disappointments, from PEN/Faulkner finalist Hays (The Dixie Association, 1984, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2002

"A taste of living theater, with all its entanglements, fragments, and doldrums."
A fleshed-out diary of a year spent on an island—man, woman, child, dogs—that, in its reflection of the quotidian, isn't always totally engaging. Read full book review >