Search Results: "Barbara Gowdy"


BOOK REVIEW

MISTER SANDMAN by Barbara Gowdy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Absurd hilarity is mixed well here with a persistent, gentle probing of family dynamics, and crisply defined situations contribute a bell-like clarity to this affecting and unusual domestic saga as it unfolds."
Canadian novelist and storywriter Gowdy (We So Seldom Look on Love, 1993, etc.) continues to indulge her passion for (and remarkable understanding of) those existing on society's fringe- -this time in a tale of a massively dysfunctional family with enough neuroses and secrets to keep an army of therapists employed. Read full book review >

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THE WHITE BONE by Barbara Gowdy
Released: May 1, 1999

"Warmly conveying a remarkably full vision of elephant life, as well as the almost incomprehensible tragedy of species annihilation, Gowdy has created an astonishingly moving saga. (First printing of 50,000; Book-of-the-Month-Club selection; author tour)"
From the enormously gifted Gowdy (Mister Sandman, 1997, etc.), a mesmerizing journey into the heart of Africa and a maternal society of elephants slipping rapidly into extinction. Read full book review >

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HELPLESS by Barbara Gowdy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"An assured, perceptive, deftly delivered story."
From the accomplished Canadian novelist (The Romantic, 2003, etc.) and short-story writer, an all-consuming tale of child abduction. Read full book review >

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THE ROMANTIC by Barbara Gowdy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"Somewhat reminiscent of Leaving Las Vegas, but Gowdy's version of booze-thwarted love shows considerably more complexity, and her focus is squarely on the survivor. "
In this tender romantic tragedy by the ever-insightful Gowdy (The White Bone, 1999, etc.), love's labors lead to naught when a long but not easily entwined couple let alcohol come between them. Read full book review >

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WE SO SELDOM LOOK ON LOVE by Barbara Gowdy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 1993

"An impressive accomplishment."
A debut collection from Canadian novelist Gowdy (Through the Green Valley, 1988) limns—with dark humor and wry compassion—the lives of those on the margins of normality. Read full book review >

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LITTLE SISTER by Barbara Gowdy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"This imaginative, alluring novel from an acclaimed Canadian author unspools steadily and grippingly and may earn Gowdy many new fans stateside."
The electrifying story of a cinema owner who finds herself living another woman's life whenever it storms. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 16, 1993

"Manna for older fans who may have forgotten how sweet it was, and a fine reminder for younger generations that artificial turf, integrated squads, TV coverage, drug-testing, seven-figure contracts, platooning, and seemingly endless playoffs weren't always in the game. (Illustrations—not seen)"
An unabashedly nostalgic, silky-smooth memoir spanning a 15- year period that fiftysomething or older people tend to regard as a golden age in American sports. Read full book review >

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A MIGHTY IMAGINATION
by Julie Danielson

Barbara DaCosta and Ed Young aren’t new to collaboration. In 2012, she wrote and he illustrated Nighttime Ninja, her debut picture book. Mighty Moby, on shelves in early August, is their second collaboration, and it came to exist in a way not typical for most picture books, what the author calls “an unusual method” and “backward.”

Evidently, Ed Young ...


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BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE MISS MUFFET by Barbara Nascimbeni
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"There are a few clever ideas in this series, but many of the added verses and the repetitive art feel forced to fit the die-cut-hole gimmick. (Board book. 2-4)"
The famed Mother Goose arachnophobe finds her picnic pilfered by various animals in this expanded adaptation. Read full book review >

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RAINSTORM by Barbara Lehman
ADVENTURE
Released: April 9, 2007

"Another surrealist triumph from a vigorous emerging talent. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Boredom leads to excitement when a little boy, trapped by rain, finds wonder and escape in an unlikely place. Read full book review >

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PERFECT SNOW by Barbara Reid
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Cooperation, teamwork and creative problem solving taken to new levels make this a great choice, no matter what the season. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Most snow-themed books celebrate a day off from school, but Reid's latest just may have kids hoping for their own snow-filled recess. Read full book review >