Search Results: "Crissa-Jean Chappell"


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MORE THAN GOOD ENOUGH by Crissa-Jean Chappell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 8, 2014

"An atmospheric, if downbeat, character portrait. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A bright biracial teen on a downward spiral moves in with his alcoholic father on Florida's Miccosukee reservation. Read full book review >

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NARC by Crissa-Jean Chappell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 8, 2012

"Falls flat. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Taking the fall for his little sister leads to big trouble for 17-year-old Aaron Foster. Read full book review >

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TOTAL CONSTANT ORDER by Crissa-Jean Chappell
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"While strong on atmosphere, this long novel has little plot and only a few moments of drama near the end. (Fiction. YA)"
This study in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder tracks four miserable months in the life of narrator Fin, a freshman at Miami-Dade High. Read full book review >

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SNOWBIRDS by Crissa-Jean Chappell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"The ending feels a bit pat and safe, yet this novel will still find readers. (Mystery. 14-17)"
The disappearance of her friend will send a Mennonite girl on a journey of discovery. Read full book review >

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LOOK BACK ALL THE GREEN VALLEY by Fred Chappell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Chappell's Kirkman novels are among the finest fiction of our time—even if they're too modest and polite to come right out and say so."
You're probably not human if you don't laugh out loud and wipe away tears all the way through this delightful continuation of the much-loved North Carolina poet and novelist's Kirkman saga (Farewell, I—m Bound to Leave You, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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FAREWELL, I'M BOUND TO LEAVE YOU by Fred Chappell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 1996

"Busy, satisfying, and wholesome: Chappell casts a sharp eye upon a very rich landscape and gives us a portrait as poignant as it is clear. (Author tour)"
Well-crafted portraiture from southern novelist Chappell (More Shapes Than One, 1991; Brighten the Corner Where You Are, 1989, etc.), who offers proof that regional fiction is alive and well, and perfectly suited for export up North and farther afield. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"But his traditionalism is fair, clear, vigorous, and sane."
A rare, reasonable critic strikes. Read full book review >

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MORE SHAPES THAN ONE by Fred Chappell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 1991

"Chappell provides answers in these inventive tales—answers that are by turns as circular as Borges, as richly symbolic as Kafka, and as zany as Woody Allen."
Southern poet and novelist Chappell offers 13 stories that use conventions of genre writing to metaphysical and metaphorical ends: these are marvelous renditions—sometimes exuberant, sometimes meditative, arcane or antic. Read full book review >

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A SHADOW ALL OF LIGHT by Fred Chappell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Given Chappell's stellar reputation as a fantasist, more than a little disappointing, although readers who enjoyed the magazine stories will dive right in."
A picaresque, Italianate shadow-magic story sequence—several elements of which have previously appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine—from poet and fantasist Chappell (Dagon, 1968, etc.).Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"A generally—and ironically—self-centered exercise in the economics of meaning, whose appeal seems limited largely to true believers."
A down-east entrepreneur's slick and assured account of how he brought his company into the light, thereby showing the way for less advanced enterprises. Read full book review >

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A WHOLE WORLD OF TROUBLE by Helen Chappell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"Genial but hardly subtle: a nicely drawn tale that goes overboard on the local color—to the point of turning Southern Gothic into Mayberry Gothic."
An extended sitcom in prose as Chappell (Giving Up the Ghost, not reviewed, etc.) follows a young ne'er-do-well back home for her mother's funeral. Read full book review >