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BOOK REVIEW

LONG, LAST, HAPPY by Barry Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"With the caveat that a certain racial epithet still retains its power to shock here, an essential book for any library of Southern literature—and a welcome guide for students of writing as well."
"In Mississippi it is difficult to achieve a vista," wrote the late laureate Hannah (Yonder Stands Your Orphan, 2001, etc.) of his native state. He was wrong: He provided some of the best vistas in American literature, as this collection of short fiction ably shows. Read full book review >

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HIGH LONESOME by Barry Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 1996

"Only fitfully, however, are such sparks struck here. (Author tour)"
Thirteen vivid, scabrous, and noisy stories from the Mississippi romantic whose earlier volumes (Airships, 1978; Bats Out of Hell, 1993) contained most of the essentials, and even some of the particulars, of the more recent pieces gathered here. Read full book review >

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BATS OUT OF HELL by Barry Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 1993

"A compelling concatenation, even if sometimes overwrought or marred by seemingly superficial weirdness."
Mississippi's literary powerhouse returns with another group of stories (Airships, 1978; the novels Boomerang, Never Die, etc.) in which the surreal social vision and subsurface savagery that have become Hannah's hallmarks are present in abundance. Read full book review >

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BOOMERANG by Barry Hannah
Released: May 22, 1989

More booze-addled ranting and red-necked rambling from the bad old boy of southern fiction, and despite the publisher's claim, there's no reason to consider this slim volume anything but autobiography. Read full book review >

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YONDER STANDS YOUR ORPHAN by Barry Hannah
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2001

"A sprawling, nearly plotless novel: Hannah shows quite authoritatively that he's still the master of his craft. The manufactured eccentricity of some of his recent short stories is absent here, but not his love of characters and language. A masterwork of southern beat terror gospel."
The first outing in a decade from the great southern roustabout (Never Die, 1991, etc.) goes on a long tear through the lives of a motley crew of misfits living around a giant lake in the backwoods of Mississippi. Read full book review >

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NEVER DIE by Barry Hannah
Released: May 29, 1991

"Never Die'' is one of Hannah's better efforts in years—not for mass consumption, certainly, but pleasing to literary gameplayers."
``Never Die'' is Barry Hannah's ninth book (Geronimo Rex, Airships, Ray, The Tennis Handsome), a surreal Western filled with his trademark literary effects—non sequitors, zany behavior, smutty dwarves, characters who come and go like meteors—and his usual disdain for the reader's attention span. ``What kind of pompous scrivener would leave this thing locked up under glass, title up? Read full book review >

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BARRY LYGA
by Megan Labrise

What’s Barry Lyga’s secret to writing books teen readers love?

“I don’t write for teens,” says the New York Times bestselling author of I Hunt Killers. “That’s my secret—I write about teens.

“I’m aware that my books are published as YA,” he continues, “and I love that, and there’s a magic to having teenagers tell you a book ...


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WOLVES IN THE WALLS
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah

Cover Story: Sisterly Flub

BFF Charm: Nope

Swoonworthy Scale: 5

Talky Talk: Where Is My Mind?

Bonus Factors: Unreliable Narrator

Relationship Status: Visiting Privileges

 

Cover Story:  Sisterly Flub

These (brunette, not blonde) girls are in a snowy forest, not a cornfield. Why they are holding each other (and ...


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S IS FOR SALMON by Hannah Viano
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Urchins and volcanoes and whales, oh my! This eye-catching alphabet book affectionately showcases the Northwest's bountiful beauty. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Anemone, blackberry, crab, Douglas fir, eagle…this elegant alphabet book mirrors the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2012

"Both casual and confirmed fans will devour this delicious blend of fact and foolery with relish. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
More standup-style paleontology to follow When Fish Got Feet, Sharks Got Teeth, and Bugs Began to Swarm (2007). Read full book review >

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HOT JAZZ SPECIAL by Jonny Hannah
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2010

"To see it done right, dig out your copy of Mysterious Thelonious (1997) and give this one a miss. (Picture book. 5-8)"
It's usually a bad sign when a publisher feels a need to print the entire text of a picture book a second time, at the end, without pictures. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

The author of When Bugs Were Big, Plants Were Strange, and Tetrapods Stalked the Earth (2003) continues her droll but dependable tour of deep prehistory, focusing here on the flora, fauna and fungi of the Silurian and Devonian Periods, approximately 360 to 44 million years ago. Read full book review >