Search Results: "Beth Ann Fennelly"


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HEATING & COOLING by Beth Ann Fennelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A sleek, delightful collection."
A poet and fiction writer delivers 52 "micro-memoirs"—some just one sentence, some a couple of pages—that offer insight into her life, the lives of loved ones, and the overall human condition. Read full book review >

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THE TILTED WORLD by Tom Franklin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Originally conceived as a short story, the book shows signs of attenuation in its expansion to novel length."
The world that's tilting refers to the Mississippi Delta in April 1927, site of one of the greatest natural catastrophes in American history. Read full book review >

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FIRST GRADE STINKS! by Mary Ann Rodman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"For young readers approaching this or any other significant transition with trepidation, Rodman's humorous tale serves as a gentle reminder to search for the silver lining. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Rodman's witty take on the harsh realities of first grade, as perceived by those in the trenches, will tickle readers' funny bones. Read full book review >

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JERSEY ANGEL by Beth Ann Bauman
Released: May 8, 2012

"Aided by a strong evocation of the tourist-driven rhythms of life on the Central Jersey Shore and a satisfyingly complicated, modern protagonist, this quick read will please readers looking for both nuance and heat in their beach books. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Six months in the life of a proudly sex-positive 17-year-old from the Jersey Shore (but definitely not Jersey Shore). Read full book review >

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ROSIE AND SKATE by Beth Ann Bauman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 9, 2009

"The novel expertly captures the ever-hopeful ache of adolescents longing for love, stability and certainty. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Rosie and Skate are motherless sisters in a New Jersey shore town. Read full book review >

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BEAUTIFUL GIRLS by Beth Ann Bauman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2003

"Promising vision and a powerful start."
Eight debut tales that have emerged from a wacky modern world. Read full book review >

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1-900-DEAD by Tony Fennelly
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 7, 1997

"The real fun here is trying to pick the psychic poseurs out from the garden variety New Orleans zanies Fennelly must have bought on sale by the dozen."
If only the Mystic Delphine, self-styled Queen of Swords, had really been psychic, she'd have seen her killer's face long before he came at her with a saber. Read full book review >

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THE HIPPIE IN THE WALL by Tony Fennelly
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 22, 1994

"Mildly diverting lightweight fare, pleasantly toned down from the in-your-face Gay Pride antics of The Closet Hanging (1987)."
The discovery of a 20-year-old corpse in the wall of Madame Julie's, a New Orleans strip joint, turns out to be a big break for Times-Picayune gossip columnist Margo Fortier, whose long marriage of convenience to barely closeted society scion Julian Fortier hides her former identity as Cherry, a veteran of Julie's. Read full book review >

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BIG FAT DISASTER by Beth Fehlbaum
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2014

"Colby's experiences, while extreme, ring true, and the fast pace, lively and profane dialogue, and timely topic make it a quick and enjoyable read. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Colby's life as the heavy daughter of a disapproving former Miss Texas beauty queen is difficult enough, but it gets worse very quickly once she discovers a photo of her politician father kissing another woman. Read full book review >

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PACK OF DORKS by Beth Vrabel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Lucy's perfectly feisty narration, the emotionally resonant situations and the importance of the topic all elevate this effort well above the pack. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Debut author Vrabel takes three knotty, seemingly disparate problems—bullying, the plight of wolves and coping with disability—and with tact and grace knits them into an engrossing whole of despair and redemption. Read full book review >

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STARRING JULES (AS HERSELF) by Beth Ain
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Though not as distinctive as Clementine, Jules eventually settles, becoming a vulnerable and likable heroine. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Seven-year-old Jules has been asked to audition for a television commercial. But she needs help. Will she turn to her know-it-all ex-best friend for it? Read full book review >

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GETTING SOMEWHERE by Beth Neff
Released: Jan. 19, 2012

"A story that fades before it can ever find its stride. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Four girls facing time behind bars choose to spend their incarceration on an experimental group farm in the middle of nowhere. Read full book review >