Search Results: "Brynne Barnes"


BOOK REVIEW

BOOKS DO NOT HAVE WINGS by Brynne Barnes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Overall, this misses the mark and won't wing its way to success. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A rhymed text explores the imaginary places where a book can transport a reader. Read full book review >

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COLORS OF ME by Brynne Barnes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"The book has its heart in the right place, but its mind is too clearly focused on adult agendas and preoccupations. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Barnes' earnest, rather oblique text interrogating the use of colors as labels for people is at odds with its playful, naive collage art. Read full book review >

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FLYAWAY by Lesley Barnes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2016

"Towers and stairways and lots of curlicues will intrigue some viewers, but this sweet concoction of a gift book may have a limited audience. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Feeding the princess craze, this lift-the flap book features a young royal whose bird with beautiful singing voice breaks free from its cage. Read full book review >

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APOSTROPHES AND APOCALYPSES by John Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 20, 1998

"Concerns that in Barnes's fine novels may be assets, or minor flaws—density; limited originality; pedestrian writing—become problems in the shorter format; annoying, too, is the presumption of a largely teenaged audience."
Barnes's first collection, comprising 13 stories, including four previously unpublished, and eight essays, is divided, obscurely, into sections headed "While you Wait," "For the End," "Let Us Spend some Time," and "Talking to People Who Aren't There." Read full book review >

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HARDWARE by Linda Barnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 10, 1995

"Not as richly satisfying as some of Carlotta's earlier cases (Snapshot, 1993, etc.), but still a guaranteed one-two punch for fans, and a solid introduction to this fine series for newcomers. (Author tour)"
Who's got it in for Boston's Green & White Cab Company? Read full book review >

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METROLAND by Julian Barnes
Released: June 6, 1980

But much here, mostly in 16-year-old Chris' very specific, special world, is amusing, crisp, and evocative for readers tuned to the British/literary wavelength. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 9, 1989

"Deft and light-footed, but Barnes' increasing tendency to be a lo-cal Calvino seems a waste of his gilts."
The Mel Brooks-y title isn't a good augury here: it alerts you to just how shtick-like what's to come will be. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"A searching, intelligent spiritual memoir."
A thought-provoking, sometimes surprising account of a female intellectual's passion for Mormon prophet Joseph Smith and her near-conversion to the faith. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A heartening memoir of good food and tough love with a few down-home recipes thrown in."
A memoir of an untrained chef with an English degree who set out to temper bad behavior by serving good food and to change junk-food die-hards into foodies. Read full book review >

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A POUND OF FLESH by Trevor Barnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 25, 1993

"Despite some routine police work and a retro damsel-in-distress climax, Barnes achieves a scary intensity in his portrayal of repressed, murderous David: here's a man who really does need to kill."
Scotland Yard Superintendent Blanche Hampton (A Midsummer Night's Killing, 1992) takes on a particularly horrific case: Patricia Hoskin, daughter of a Home Office junior minister, has been strangled and her body mutilated while a recording of the St. Read full book review >

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WHEN IT BURNED TO THE GROUND by Yolanda Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"An exciting debut, if still in the process of formation."
A spirited debut embodies an intrinsic, disjointed portrait of a poor black street in L.A. pre the '92 riots. Read full book review >

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SALTHILL by Judith Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2002

"An overwrought style that never lets up, and a first-novelist who can't resist romantic metaphors (eyes are like 'lapis lazuli,' hair is 'berry-dark' and 'berry-sweet,' etc.). Just too much."
Galloping melodrama about a tormented horse-trainer. Read full book review >