Search Results: "Connie Brummel Crook"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"An opportunity for American children to see a little-known war through a rarely considered lens. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Written from a Canadian perspective, this well-researched and -documented historical novel offers young readers a fascinating perspective on the events following the American Revolution and leading up to the War of 1812. Read full book review >

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PROMISED LANDS by Elizabeth Crook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 1994

"Cook hits a flat note on occasion, but too rarely to spoil the harmony."
An engaging historical, by Crook (The Raven's Bride, 1991), that deftly deflates myths about the Texas fight (1835-36) for independence from Mexico, revealing the desperation, poor planning, and grandiose leadership on both sides—and the carnage that resulted. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT JOURNAL by Elizabeth Crook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2006

"A multilayered narrative of impressive historical perspicacity, enriched by the author's loving attention to character."
Reading the journals of her Harvey Girl ancestor sends a young Texas woman back in time to the New Mexico frontier in Crook's warmly drawn novel (Promised Lands, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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UNDERSTANDING SUICIDE by Connie Goldsmith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"An effective, compassionate guide to a subject that needs one. (source notes, glossary, selected bibliography, further resources, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Facts counteract stigma and ignorance in this guide. Read full book review >

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PASSAGE by Connie Willis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 8, 2001

"Once again, Willis has developed an idea that bears all the authority of a genuine insight: disturbingly plausible, compelling, intensely moving, and ultimately uplifting."
New contemporary, near-mainstream outing for the celebrated author of To Say Nothing of the Dog (1997), etc. Joanna Lander, a clinical psychologist at Denver's Mercy General hospital, studies patients who've had Near Death Experiences (NDEs). Read full book review >

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FLICKS AND TRICKS by Connie Davies
Released: Jan. 25, 2013

"A slow-moving, intricate but gratifying read."
Davies' debut novel, set in Florida in 1912, isn't as erotic as it appears to be at first glance; rather, it's a story of love, lust, and the troubles and secrets that come with having a family. Read full book review >

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BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY by Connie Briscoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 1996

"Briscoe's been touted as another McMillan or even a peer of Morrison's, but the stilted dialogue, heavy-handed moralizing, and plodding plot here keep her in a lesser league entirely. (150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Briscoe returns (Sisters and Lovers, 1994) to tackle 30 years of African-American history through the wide eyes of an Everywoman protagonist. Read full book review >

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UNNATURAL MURDER by Connie Dial
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 26, 2014

"The big reveal manages to be at once surprising, logical and untidy in wrapping up a case with more loose ends than Josie's domestic situation—and that's saying quite a bit."
A killer declares war on Hollywood's transvestite community.
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HIGHLANDER UNDONE by Connie Brockway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A smart, captivating romance that is both charming and intense."
A wounded Scottish captain devises a plan to discover the traitor who caused the deaths of his men, driving him undercover and forcing him to deceive and possibly endanger the vulnerable woman he's falling in love with. Read full book review >

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THE SLEEPING AND THE DEAD by Jeff Crook
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 3, 2012

"In a departure from his fantasy Dragonlance series (Dark Thane, 2003, etc.), Crook presents a dark and creepy mystery with a brave but deeply flawed heroine. A promising series kickoff, even though it telegraphs the killer early."
A camera purchased by Jackie Lyons, former Memphis vice detective, photographer and recovering junkie, lands her in the center of a major murder case. Read full book review >

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MONDAY, MONDAY by Elizabeth Crook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Shelly reflects that '[s]he had never come anywhere near perfection, but had come close to a rightness with herself, through her losses.' So it is with this novel, which, though not quite perfect, is just right: confident and lyrical as it smartly engages terror and its aftermath."
An almost-forgotten massacre at the University of Texas propels an intergenerational tale marked by vivid moments of connection and disconnection, fear and courage. Read full book review >