Search Results: "Brooke Janis"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"It's too easy to get corny and cute on this subject, and Rowan succumbs—only people with terminal canineophilia will want to read this all the way through."
George Washington had one. Read full book review >

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LOVE, JANIS by Laura Joplin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A thorough, restrained account of an extraordinary rise and fall. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Joplin pens a bio of her legendary older sister that's more detailed and evenhanded, yet much less dramatic and emotionally raw, than Myra Friedman's bestselling Buried Alive (1973)—and includes the rock star's unpublished letters home, more revealing for Janis's aren't-you-proud-of-me? eagerness of tone than for their contents. Read full book review >

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JANIS JOPLIN by Ann Angel
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Young music buffs will gain an understanding of Joplin's place in pop culture and how, even with her career cut short, she paved the way for today's female rock musicians. (Biography. 14 & up)"
At the time when wholesome singers like Debbie Boone were on the radio, girls from Janis Joplin's hometown of Port Arthur, Texas, were expected to marry their high-school boyfriends. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE ON BROOKE STREET by Neil Bartlett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 1997

In his debut novel, Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall (1991), Bartlett explored contemporary gay themes in a shadowy fable-like setting. Read full book review >

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ON THE ROAD WITH JANIS JOPLIN by John Byrne Cooke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Significant for ardent devotees of Joplin; less than essential for others."
A memoir of the author's time working for the spellbinding Janis Joplin. Read full book review >

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MAGNUS FIN AND THE SELKIE SECRET by Janis Mackay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Readership may be limited to fans of the earlier Magnus Fin books and those enamored of under-the-sea adventures. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Magnus Fin, half-human, half-selkie, is thrilled when a sea storm washes up a box sure to contain riches. Read full book review >

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BINDWEED by Janis Harrison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 5, 2005

"Intricately interlaced clues make Harrison's latest a real page-turner, marred only by a lackluster ending."
A small-town florist must dig deeper than ever to discover who killed a mentally challenged young man, and why. Read full book review >

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THE SCHOOLING OF CLAYBIRD CATTS by Janis Owens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2003

"Warm and affirming, yes, though Clayton still stretches the credulity."
Owens's third about the Sims and Catts family of north Florida (Myra Sims, 1999, etc.) can too often seem a reworking of its two predecessors. Read full book review >

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HOME TRUTH by Janis Stout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1992

"Stout fails to invest the mightily handicapped Lisbeth with the smallest spark of humanity, creating a dreary, instead of moving, book."
Less a novel than a case study about a dysfunctional Texas family, Stout's latest (A Family Likeness, Eighteen Holes—not reviewed) probes the resentments and fears of a young Texas woman whose wounded feelings force her to play the martyr with her selfish husband and her blind and retarded sister. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Though not the most irresistibly somniferous bedtime reading, the selections are nonetheless a pleasing mix of chestnuts and fresh takes. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
The daughter of illustrator Jane Dyer debuts with similarly elegant, understated, richly colored illustrations for 21 lullabies from the likes of Eve Merriam, Margaret Wise Brown, Sylvia Plath, and Eugene Field. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVING AMY by Janis Winehouse
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Although this book may help others going through the heartbreak of addiction, readers may wonder whether it is helpful to the legacy of Amy Winehouse herself."
Winehouse's candid memoir of life with her award-winning, bestselling, hugely talented, and desperately troubled daughter, Amy Winehouse (1983-2011). Read full book review >

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SOCIETY’S CHILD by Janis Ian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2008

"Downbeat yet oddly rollicking and compulsively readable."
The sad life and hard times of the queen of mopey folk. Read full book review >