Search Results: "Brad Barkley"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 2004

"As pungent and acrid as burning rubber, managing against the odds to pull us into an unpleasant world of speechless despair."
Ten debut stories by novelist Barkley (Alison's Automotive Repair Manual, 2003, etc.), most portraying unhappy men and women working out their lives in the backwoods South. Read full book review >

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ALISON’S AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR MANUAL by Brad Barkley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Well-crafted, warmly treated—and unforgivably meek."
A widow repairs an old car in order to mend her broken life. Read full book review >

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MONEY, LOVE by Brad Barkley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"A thoroughly captivating debut. First novels don't get much better than this."
This terrifically entertaining first novel by Barkley (stories: Circle View, not reviewed), set in North Carolina in the summer of 1975, resembles nothing so much as a PG-rated country cousin to Faulkner's wonderful picaresque The Reivers. Read full book review >

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BARKLEY RULES by Dave Webb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2011

"Webb's (Amber, 2007, etc.) experience as a fourth-grade teacher helps him create a sweet if predictable story about the importance of a rule that kids—and adults—could be reminded of more often. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Fed up with the teasing that he and his classmates endure from bullies and mean girls every day, 11-year-old Barkley Smeelly devises an elaborate plan to convince everyone that Benjamin Hoagie Middle School would be a happier place if they could follow just one rule. Read full book review >

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JARS OF GLASS by Brad Barkley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Co-authors Barkley and Hepler offer a seamless, striking story that subtly depicts the girls' incremental growth and the healing they find in new friendships. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
With their institutionalized mother lost in a fog of visions and voices, Chloe and Shana find themselves living with a frayed, alcoholic father and a silent four-year-old who finds comfort in spoonfuls of sugar. Read full book review >

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SCRAMBLED EGGS AT MIDNIGHT by Brad Barkley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"A satisfying read made richer by the better writing than that offered in most teen romances. (Fiction. YA)"
Through Calliope (aka Cal) and Eliot's alternating, distinct and believable teen voices, Barkley and Hepler present a heartwarming glimpse into a summer romance. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF BARKLEY by L. B. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2014

"An unusually full-bodied love story that will wrap itself around the heart of anyone who has been fortunate enough to experience life with a dog."
Debut author Johnson enters the literary scene with a beautifully penned eulogy to the Labrador retriever who taught her to appreciate life in the moment while helping open her fractured heart to the joys of love. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Barkley may reject being a role model—that's what family and friends are for, he says. But as someone who demands that kids think and assume responsibility, he's headed in the right direction."
Uncontroversial, positive opinions from former NBA standout Barkley. Read full book review >

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AMY AND THE MISSING PUPPY by Callie Barkley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"With four likable, diverse characters and the surefire appeal of cute puppies and other pets, the Critter Club is off to a promising start. (Mystery. 5-7)"
Amy, left alone while her friends travel or are otherwise occupied during break, solves a mystery in this series opener. Read full book review >

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GONE TO THE STARS by Henrik Barkley de Pearson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 29, 2010

"An enchanting spiritual odyssey that endures beyond story's end."
A young man's out-of-body experience opens the door to spiritual adventures. Read full book review >