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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LILIES THAT FESTER by Janis Harrison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

"Harrison maintains her strong ear, but her emphasis on Bailey's and Bretta's will-he-or won't-he romance blows the relatively frail mystery away."
Amid the bouquets at the first annual Show-Me Floral Designers' Competition and Conference, in Branson, Missouri, are two very special blossoms. Read full book review >

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EXCUSE ME FOR ASKING by Janis Arnold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Short story material padded with minutiae to create a novel."
People live, die, and do various other things in between in this tedious and too long second novel by the author of Daughters of Memory (1991). Read full book review >

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REAP A WICKED HARVEST by Janis Harrison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 20, 2004

"Harrison keeps her eyes on the prize as she plants a touch of romance in a clever and well-clued puzzle."
Bretta Solomon discovers that even the most careful gardener can't avoid the occasional weed when her father finds a corpse planted among the verbena at the Parker Wholesale Greenhouse. Read full book review >

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TATTOO GIRL by Brooke Stevens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Only a slightly preposterous ending mars Stevens's otherwise intelligent, poignant, and vividly imagined page-turner."
A former tiger groom again explores the lives of those who run off and join the circus—in another violent, atmospheric, and suspenseful tale from Stevens (The Circus of the Earth and the Air, 1994). Read full book review >

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JENNIEMAE & JAMES by Brooke Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 2010

"A low-key, sweet portrait of an unusual friendship. Jenniemae is a scene-stealer, though, and the strongest parts of the memoir focus on her and her community."
A grown daughter remembers her troubled, genius father's endearing friendship with their charismatic maid. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2005

"Shields's forthright admission of feelings that many similarly afflicted new mothers deny could well spark valuable discussions about 'this large white elephant sitting in the room that no one was supposed to talk about.'"
Unsparing account of the actress's experience with acute postpartum anxiety disorder following the birth of her daughter in 2003. Read full book review >

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BENAZIR BHUTTO by Brooke Allen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Although drawing on only limited Pakistani sources, Allen nevertheless creates a compelling look at Bhutto's tumultuous life and Pakistan's roiling history."
A concise biography of the divisive Pakistani leader. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 23, 2006

"A portrait fascinating in its details and themes."
A biography that rescues sculptor-painter-dancer-actor Paul Swan from near-obscurity. Read full book review >

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WILLA CATHER by Janis P. Stout
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Stout proves that Cather's work is more complicated and contradictory than it may seem, but her densely wrought exegeses and lack of strong biographical detail leave her subject as dry and dusty as the landscape Cather loved. (28 b&w photos)"
An intense scholarly analysis attempts to show that Pulitzer-winning Cather was far more than just a storyteller of the prairies. Read full book review >