Search Results: "Cheryl Strayed"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2012

"A candid, inspiring narrative of the author's brutal physical and psychological journey through a wilderness of despair to a renewed sense of self."
Unsentimental memoir of the author's three-month solo hike from California to Washington along the Pacific Crest Trail. Read full book review >

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BRAVE ENOUGH by Cheryl Strayed
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"These platitudes need perspective; better to buy the books they came from."
A lightweight collection of self-help snippets from the bestselling author. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2013 by Cheryl Strayed
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Though the rubric of 'essay' seems to be synonymous with 'intimate memoir,' these frequently personal encounters remain oddly seductive."
Still under the general editorship of Robert Atwan and this year edited by Strayed (Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, 2012, etc.), the annual reprise of the venerable series takes a decidedly introspective turn. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 10, 2012

"A realistic and poignant compilation of the intricacies of relationships."
Strayed (Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, 2012, etc.) offers insight into the world of online advice through her collection of letters sent to "Dear Sugar," her once-anonymous column for the online magazine The Rumpus. Read full book review >

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TORCH by Cheryl Strayed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A hauntingly beautiful story written with tenderness and endowed with true insights into the frailty of relationships."
Cancer rocks the foundation of a Minnesota family in Strayed's debut novel. Read full book review >

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FRANKLIN & ELEANOR by Cheryl Harness
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"The story of Franklin and Eleanor is a story of overcoming," Harness writes, and in developing that theme, she pays heartfelt tribute to two lives united by a dedication to service. Read full book review >

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MARK TWAIN AND THE QUEENS OF THE MISSISSIPPI by Cheryl Harness
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"This is a pleasantly accessible and remarkably comprehensive introduction to an American writer; start children with this volume before handing them Kathryn Lasky's A Brilliant Streak (p. 497) or Alice Rose and Sam (p. 341). (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
The history of Old Muddy and the role the river played in the life of Samuel Clemens make for an intriguing journey through the past in this biography. Read full book review >

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THEY'RE OFF! by Cheryl Harness
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"When paired with Andrew Glass's The Sweetwater Run (p. 1399), about Bill Cody's stint with the Pony Express, this book will be ideal for units on the West, for it makes historical events fairly roar with immediacy. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
In a volume subtitled ``The Story of the Pony Express,'' Harness (The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal, 1995, etc.) traces the exuberance and the debt that—for a brief period in 186061- -blazed the mail west in ten short days, half the time it had taken by stagecoach. Read full book review >

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PAPA'S CHRISTMAS GIFT by Cheryl Harness
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The rhyming text is lively and humorous, but the notion of simultaneity comes to life in pen-and-ink illustrations in which events swarm over pages; each spread of a new location explodes with incidentals that refer back to the main drawing. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In a work subtitled ``Around the World on the Night Before Christmas,'' Harness (The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal, p. 469, etc.) chooses a moment in history from which to launch a provocative journey. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING IMPOSSIBLE ERIE CANAL by Cheryl Harness
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1995

The book of choice for middle-grade readers embarking on the topic, this fills the gap between Peter Spier's illustrated song- text (The Erie Canal, Doubleday, 1970) and the factual detail of R. Conrad Stein's The Story of the Erie Canal (Childrens, 1985). Read full book review >

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OUR COLONIAL YEAR by Cheryl Harness
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Closing with a hard-to-decipher map, this effort falls well below the author's usual standard. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Harness's attempt to portray common colonial-era activities through the seasons by pairing a scene set in each of the 13 colonies to a month (plus New Year to make it come out even) goes awry on several counts. Read full book review >

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GHOSTS OF THE NILE by Cheryl Harness
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"The thin plot line adds at least a sense of forward momentum to this flashy interest-builder. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
With characteristic horror vacui, Harness packs verbal and visual information into each teeming, full-bleed spread, sending a young museum-goer and his eccentric great aunt on a quick trip back to Ancient Egypt for tours of the Step and Great Pyramid, plus glimpses of city and rural life, writing, religion, and embalmers at work. Read full book review >