Search Results: "Bari Wood"


BOOK REVIEW

DOLL'S EYES by Bari Wood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 26, 1993

"A lurid, loose-jointed tale whose frantic action and emotionalism nearly obscure the familiarity (Koontz, King, etc.) of Wood's themes."
Wood wrote three occult novels in the 80's (Amy Girl, 1987, etc.), but her current publisher is promoting her as the author of Twins (1977)—a telling comment on a sagging career that may lift a bit with this vivid if formulaic mix of occult and serial-killer chills. Read full book review >

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THE BASEMENT by Bari Wood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 27, 1995

"Some lively scenes here and there but largely a wax turkey stuffed with wax grapes."
From the author, most recently, of Doll's Eyes (1993): a mild horror novel loaded with domestic description, turnoff vulgarity, and banal writing. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 23, 2006

"A bit much for some readers, but certain to please the legions of woodworking aficionados."
A fact-filled celebration of wood in human history. Read full book review >

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GRANT WOOD by R. Tripp Evans
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2010

"An overly analytical biography, but one that goes a long way toward upending assumptions about Wood's work."
A portrait of painter Grant Wood (1891-1942) as a melancholy, closeted man. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2009

"A perfectly paced, beautifully crafted and moving end to a memorable fantasy. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this finale to the Touchstone Trilogy, past and present magically converge when 12-year-old Midge completes the work begun by her great-great aunt Celandine decades before to rescue five ancient tribes of little people hiding from the human world in the woods of Mill Farm. Read full book review >

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OLIVER'S WOOD by Sue Hendra
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 1996

"Gouache illustrations look much like linoleum prints—blocks of bright colors, mainly blue and ocher— and the chubby animals, with their bulging white eyes, are undeniably friendly territory. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Oliver, an owl, stays up past his bedtime at the end of one night and sees something he has never seen before—the sun. Read full book review >

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WILD WOOD by Posie Graeme-Evans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"More gripping entertainment from a seasoned professional."
Revisiting the interconnected-mysteries-separated-by-centuries setup that worked so well in The Island House (2012, etc.), Graeme-Evans sends an Australian adoptee searching for her birth mother to a castle on the England-Scotland border.Read full book review >

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SOLSTICE WOOD by Patricia A. McKillip
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 7, 2006

"As always, McKillip writes sparely, with elegance and precision, and this time disguises her usual insufficiency of plot behind an annoying and disconcerting succession of first-person narrators."
A contemporary revisit to Lynn Hall (Winter Rose, 1996), the huge, decaying mansion surrounded by thick woods where the boundaries between our world and the magical Otherworld grow thin. Read full book review >

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TOUCH WOOD by Joe Ashby Porter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Smart, hard, and rewarding."
A slim but varied and accomplished third collection from a Pulitzer-nominee (The Kentucky Stories, 1983, not reviewed; Eelgrass, 1977, etc.). Read full book review >

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FITZGERALD’S WOOD by David Nwokedi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2006

"A slight, intentionally naïve, over-extended parable with some of the simplicity, charm and oddness of a fairy tale."
A whimsical British first novel blends issues of adolescence, bereavement and mixed-race ancestry. Read full book review >

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PENHALE WOOD by Julia Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2017

"The elegant writing, complex characters, and surprising conclusion of Thomas' second (The English Boys, 2016) all add up to a fine mystery that will appeal to readers of Catriona McPherson's psychological thrillers."
A cold case turns hot enough to burn lives to the ground. Read full book review >

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NATALIE WOOD by Gavin Lambert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2004

"Full of informed and intelligent observations regarding both Wood's mindset and the politics of Hollywood, but ultimately a wearying, depressing portrait. (65 photos)"
An easily familiar biography of the actress, from a personal friend who fails to connect some of the critical pieces in her puzzle. Read full book review >