Search Results: "Barbara Wright"


BOOK REVIEW

EASY MONEY by Barbara Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"A light gloss, then, over a serious subject."
A young Denver woman leaves her charming, ineffectual father for life in the Big Apple, but finds it's not so easy to shake her past: a first novel—also charming but rather ineffectual—from journalist and screenwriter Wright. Read full book review >

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TRIO by Robert Pinget
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 24, 2005

"Adventurous readers will find nourishment for their imaginations in these works; true fans can fulfill Pinget's wish by reading them aloud."
Swiss-born Pinget (1919-97) was one of the lesser-known practitioners of le nouveau roman. These three works, published in the U.S. between 1978 and 1982, are collected here for the first time. Read full book review >

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MR ROUSE BUILDS HIS HOUSE by Stefan Themerson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Fascinatingly anachronistic and a tad long-winded, this book is an eccentric curiosity that will have both kids and adults puzzling over its arcane Briticisms and enjoying its Python-esque wackiness. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Originally published by Polish poet and avant-garde filmmaker Themerson in 1938 and illustrated with charming line drawings by his wife Franciszka, this miniature hardback book in six chapters tells the story of Mr. Rouse's unusual house-building challenges. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 10, 2001

"A moving story of characters, arresting to begin with, who rise to acts of extreme courage."
The romantic history of French journalist Yung-de Prévaux's parents—both of whom died in the French Resistance and about whom Yung-de Prévaux knew nothing until she was 24—written with captivating directness, passion, and formality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CROW by Barbara Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"An intensely moving, first-person narrative of a disturbing historical footnote told from the perspective of a very likable, credible young hero. (historical note) (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Growing up in Wilmington, N.C., in 1898, a naive black boy and his family are devastated by a racist uprising in this fictionalized account of a little-known historical event. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLAIN LANGUAGE by Barbara Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Overall: thin, despite good local color."
Evocative scenes of Depression-era Colorado, with a low-wattage plot and unconvincing characters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HONEYMOON by Patrick Modiano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2014

"Trademark Modiano, brittle and elegant, with more questions than answers."
Brooding, philosophically rich novel by Modiano (Missing Person, 2014, etc.), recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in literature.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

THE ORCHESTRA PIT by Johanna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Back at the right pit, the snake twists into a treble clef—a charming endnote. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A snake meandering into "the wrong pit" leads readers through this appealing introduction to an orchestra and its instruments—brass, wind instruments, strings and percussion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUNNIES ON ICE by Johanna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A healthy if impersonal dose of self-affirmation delivered by a cast with long, fetching bunny ears. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Bursting with confidence, a young skater describes what it takes to be a champion (at least in her own mind) in this wobbly but amusing manifesto. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BANDITS by Johanna Wright
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"An enjoyable take on a nocturnal, urban animal's habits in an accessible story that, with illustrations in better sync, might have resulted in a refreshing outcome. Unfortunately, the result here is pedestrian. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Rascally raccoons plunder and play in the night without consequence in Wright's (The Secret Circus, 2009) latest work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A TOWER OF GIRAFFES by Anna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"This brief, exquisite overview may well have readers wishing for a sequel—or consulting reference books to find out more collective nouns. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
From a gaggle of geese to an ostentation of peacocks, a gathering of collective nouns. Read full book review >