Search Results: "Connie May Fowler"


BOOK REVIEW

BEFORE WOMEN HAD WINGS by Connie May Fowler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 1996

"A vividly modern if schematic fairy tale with the usual goodies and baddies appropriately updated."
Gritty detail aside, this lyrical tale of an abused child's survival and empowerment is more fable than yet another story of a dysfunctional family facing down its demons. Read full book review >

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RIVER OF HIDDEN DREAMS by Connie May Fowler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1994

"And while she occasionally leaves little to a reader's own imagination, Fowler's lyrical writing and vivid, poignant portraits surmount her overstatements in this memorable book."
Fowler (Sugar Cage, 1992) returns to the wilds of Florida in her second novel, using cleverly alternating viewpoints (evident at many section breaks) to weave the lives of three generations of women into a tender and wistful story. Read full book review >

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SUGAR CAGE by Connie May Fowler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 1992

In this muddled first novel, two lower-income white families in 1960's Florida, quarrelsome friends and neighbors, fall apart, to the distress of their black guardian angel. Read full book review >

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THE PROBLEM WITH MURMUR LEE by Connie May Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 11, 2005

"Plot and prose overload, with shades of Alice Sebold's Lovely Bones."
Southern novelist Fowler (Staircase of a Thousand Steps, 2001, etc.) tries for the profound and moving as she tells of a good woman and friend whose sudden death provokes big questions. Read full book review >

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WHEN KATIE WAKES by Connie May Fowler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Insightful, generous, and perfectly pitched: a good nonfiction companion to Before Women Had Wings (1996), Fowler's novel covering similar territory."
From popular novelist Fowler (Remembering Blue, 2000, etc.), a searing and finely crafted memoir of youth and adulthood stunted by abuse. Read full book review >

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REMEMBERING BLUE by Connie May Fowler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Luminous prose and beautifully rendered settings, but not enough to give life to this would-be fable of love, loss, and the mysterious workings of the sea and its creatures. (Book-of-the-Month Club featured selection; national reading tour)"
This time out, Fowler (Before Women Had Wings, 1996, later an Oprah Winfrey TV movie; etc.) lavishly evokes place and customs, but obvious foreshadowing weakens the intensity of her tale of lonely Mattie, who finds love and meaning when she marries Greek-American Nick. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2012

"Definitive and exhaustive, animated by a profound respect and admiration."
The second volume of the author's massive biography of legendary baseball manager Connie Mack (1862-1956). Read full book review >

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CONNIE CAME TO PLAY by Jill Paton Walsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"From the author of Pepi and the Secret (p. 560), it's grand to see such a typical preschool scenario handled without preachiness. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Connie came to play and Robert doesn't want to share his toys. ``This is my train!'' he tells her. ``All right,'' says Connie. ``You play with that one. Read full book review >

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Released: July 28, 2014

"An enjoyable debut book for intermediate readers, but a stronger edit might have maximized its appeal."
A little girl's friends and siblings scheme to keep her sleepwalking habit under control in this debut children's chapter book. Read full book review >

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BON VOYAGE, CONNIE PICKLES by Sabine Durrant
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2008

"Funny and heartwarming. (Fiction. 12+)"
Determined to reconnect with her estranged grandparents and forget about ex-crush William (Cross Your Heart, Connie Pickles, 2007), 15-year-old Connie embarks on an exchange program to France. Read full book review >

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THE BEST OF CONNIE WILLIS by Connie Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2013

"Ranging from the hilarious to the profound, these stories show the full range of Willis' talent for taut, dazzling plots, real science, memorable characters, penetrating dialogue and blistering drama—and may guide inquisitive readers toward her equally accomplished and acclaimed novels."
Ten award-winning stories, 1982-2007, plus three equally well-regarded award acceptance speeches, from the much-celebrated author (All Clear, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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BRYANT & MAY ON THE LOOSE by Christopher Fowler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Neither the mystery nor the solution is up to Fowler's best work. But the reunion of the PCU is cause for such joy that only the most curmudgeonly fans will quibble."
Locked out and disbanded at the end of The Victoria Vanishes (2008), London's Peculiar Crimes Unit comes back from the grave to solve yet another bizarre case. Read full book review >