Search Results: "Bobbie Ann Mason"


BOOK REVIEW

NANCY CULPEPPER by Bobbie Ann Mason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2006

"Mason has written some fine novels, in particular In Country (1985) and Feather Crowns (1993), but the short-story form has always seemed especially congenial to her; there's hardly a wasted word or a sloppy sentence in this quiet, gently moving collection."
Four previously published stories, a novella and two new tales follow the author's semi-autobiographical heroine in an uneasy back-and-forth between her native Kentucky and the wider world. Read full book review >

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ELVIS PRESLEY by Bobbie Ann Mason
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Although the complexities of Elvis's character and his place in American culture can't be entirely explicated with such brevity, Mason grasps the essentials with perception and passion."
A noted fiction writer (Zigzagging Down a Wild Trail, 2001, etc.) applies a bracing working-class sensibility and a native understanding of Elvis Presley's southern roots to the familiar tale of his meteoric career. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL IN THE BLUE BERET by Bobbie Ann Mason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2011

"Like Marshall himself, the novel maintains a reserved, laconic, even pedantic tone—off-putting at times yet often moving."
Mason (Nancy Culpepper, 2006, etc.) may surprise fans of her Appalachian stories with this historical novel about a World War II pilot who returns to France to find the families who helped him survive after his plane was shot down 36 years earlier. Read full book review >

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AN ATOMIC ROMANCE by Bobbie Ann Mason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2005

"Good characters, but not enough for them to do."
The flickering relationship between a dedicated cytotechnologist and a free-spirited uranium plant maintenance engineer more or less energizes Mason's rambling fourth novel. Read full book review >

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CLEAR SPRINGS by Bobbie Ann Mason
NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 1999

"Lucky is the clan who has a writer of Mason's caliber to preserve and interpret its history. (Author tour)"
An appreciative but often bittersweet meditation on southern family and cultural change by the author In Country (1985) and Feather Crowns (1993). Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 1998

"Subtle, resonant work."
"The mystery of writing," Mason (Feather Crowns, 1993, etc.) notes in the Introduction to this hefty compilation of her short fiction, "is much like diving into the darkness in the middle of the night. Read full book review >

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ZIGZAGGING DOWN A WILD TRAIL by Bobbie Ann Mason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2001

"But Mason hasn't been often at her best since early in her career. Sadly, Zigzagging does little to reverse the downward trend."
Appropriately homely imagery and dead-solid perfect dialogue help some, but don't do nearly enough to animate the morose folks who wander through the 11 uneven stories in this third collection from the Kentucky author (Midnight Magic (1998); Clear Springs (1999). Read full book review >

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LOVE LIFE by Bobbie Ann Mason
Released: March 15, 1989

"Bumblebees," a story about two women overly acquainted with grief but making a new start in a house out in the country, is the magnificence here, in Mason's first stow collection since Shiloh: it'll probably become a classic. Read full book review >

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FEATHER CROWNS by Bobbie Ann Mason
Released: Sept. 29, 1993

"The theme of exploitation rises foremost, but it's a late one the novel accedes to almost halfheartedly—sociology more cut and dried than the fearful psychology of Christie's grief. (First printing of 60,000)"
Christie and James Wheeler, tobacco farmers in turn-of-the- century Hopewell, Kentucky, and already parents of three, become the most illustrious people of their time and place when Christie gives birth to quintuplets. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Mason offers sometimes startling information regarding the absence of children's input or consideration of their needs in custody disputes, and a zinging denunciation of 'one-size-fits-all' resolutions. (Radio satellite tour)"
A fierce and informed plea for courts, parents, psychiatrists, and social workers to consider "the best interests of the child" before dividing custody, Solomon-like, between mother and father. Read full book review >

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THE WEIRD THINGS IN NANNA'S HOUSE by Ann Maree Mason
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"A nice exploration of one of childhood's minor mysteries, much enlivened by the humor in Wilcox's economical, skillfully drafted illustrations. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Like children everywhere, this inquisitive young Australian wonders about the odd things her grandmother has—a doll you can't play with (it covers the extra roll of toilet paper in the bathroom), a fragile china dog that sits by the hearth, plastic fruit that can't be eaten, garden gnomes. Read full book review >