Search Results: "Deborah Wiles"


BOOK REVIEW

DEBORAH by Esther Singer Kreitman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Essentially a curiosity, of some documentary value, but only marginal literary interest."
Accusatory autobiographical fiction, first published in 1936 as The Devil's Dance, enumerates the frustrations of an intellectually curious woman denied opportunities for education and self-expression. Read full book review >

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COUNTDOWN by Deborah Wiles
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"References to duct tape (then newly invented), McDonald's and other pop culture lend authenticity to this phenomenal story of the beginnings of radical change in America. (historical note, author's note, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
Just as 11-year-old Franny Chapman squabbles with her once-best friend in their neighborhood near Andrews Air Force Base, outside of Washington, D.C., President Kennedy and Chairman Khrushchev are also at odds. Read full book review >

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THE AURORA COUNTY ALL-STARS by Deborah Wiles
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Although some characters appeared in previous novels, this one stands on its own, and with each iteration Aurora County becomes more real. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In Aurora County, Miss., only one baseball game matters: the annual contest between the All-Stars and the Raleigh Redbugs, scheduled this year at the same time as the once-in-a-lifetime pageant celebrating Aurora County's. Read full book review >

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REVOLUTION by Deborah Wiles
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2014

"Fifty years later, 1960s words and images still sound and resound in this triumphant middle volume of the author's Sixties Trilogy. (author's note, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 11-15)"
Freedom Summer in 1964 Mississippi brings both peaceful protest and violence into the lives of two young people. Read full book review >

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EACH LITTLE BIRD THAT SINGS by Deborah Wiles
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Unique characters, inventive names (Comfort's best friend Declaration, who betrays their friendship), a fresh voice and an honest portrayal of life and death are a match made in heaven—and despite the bland title, a memorable tribute to the joys of living. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Comfort Snowberger has attended 247 funerals, not because she's morose but because the Snowberger Funeral Home in Snapfinger, Mississippi, is where she lives with her family. Read full book review >

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ONE WIDE SKY by Deborah Wiles
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"Rich oil paintings illustrate the beautiful things suitable for counting in this quiet (and sometimes funny) look at nature. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A backyard comes alive as outdoor adventures of the human and animal inhabitants unfold side by side, then slowly wind down at nightfall. Read full book review >

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TALK SOFTLY by Cynthia O’Neal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2010

"Tender, vulnerable portraits of family and friends."
The author, a life-threatening-illness support leader and wife of the late actor Patrick O'Neal, recalls a roller-coaster life that steadied into meaningful depth. Read full book review >

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FREEDOM SUMMER by Deborah Wiles
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Vibrant full-page paintings by talented French-born artist Lagarrigue capture both the palpable heat of southern summer days and the warmth of the boys' friendship. (Picture book. 6-12)"
Wiles draws on memories of her childhood summers in Mississippi in her first picture book, a slice-of-life story about Joe, a Caucasian boy, and his best friend, John Henry, an African-American boy whose mother works as a housekeeper for Joe's family. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An odd hybrid in which the personal and political awkwardly jostle one another and tend to get hopelessly mixed up in the fray."
Expressly following the feminist dictum that ``the personal is political,'' Pogrebin (Among Friends, 1986; Family Politics, 1983, etc.), a founding editor of Ms. magazine, mixes memoir with reportage to chart her dual commitment to Judaism and feminism. Read full book review >

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Lord Souffle by Vaughan Wiles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2015

"A wistful, brightly imagined tale of a young man on the make."
A young graduate moves from South Africa to England to kick-start his career in Wiles' debut novel. Read full book review >

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THE WAY INN by Will Wiles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Wiles has a guileful—dare one say wily?—intellect and provides a telling commentary on the emptiness of much of modern culture as Double and Dee find that The Way Inn has the same infinite structure of nightmare as Kafka's Castle."
Kafka updated to the 21st century. Read full book review >

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CARE OF WOODEN FLOORS by Will Wiles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"If you are a fan of Kafka, you should enjoy this novel, which is reminiscent of The Metamorphosis."
British author Wiles' first foray into literary fiction. Read full book review >