Search Results: "Brad Barkley"


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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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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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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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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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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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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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ESCAPE FROM ZOBADAK by Brad Gallagher
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Inventive worldbuilding, but way too much is left unexplained and unresolved. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Four children find their way into another world through a hidden doorway in a mysterious old piece of furniture. Read full book review >

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HEROES FOR MY SON by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An earnest if jumbled effort to point out character-building values. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Fifty-two portraits of real-world heroes, from that "troublemaker" Abe Lincoln to Miep Gies, the "lawbreaker" who hid Anne Frank and her family. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDEN AGE OF PROMISCUITY by Brad Gooch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 1996

"A solid, unblinking, unsentimental look at a vanished era."
Biographer of poet Frank O'Hara, novelist Gooch (Scary Kisses, 1988) here tells us everything we ever wanted to know about the dark and decadent gay subculture in Manhattan before AIDS altered the landscape: A well-written and intelligent novel that's of more than sociological or historical interest. Read full book review >

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SEAWARD by Brad Leithauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 1993

"An honest failure by a true master: had Leithauser only tightened (and shortened) the plot he could have hit the mark, but he dawdles his way through and loses his chance."
Leithauser (Equal Distance, 1984; Hence, 1988) peers uncertainly into the more remote corners of the middle-class soul- -in this sadly prosaic account of grief and desire. Read full book review >