Search Results: "Deni Y. Béchard"


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VANDAL LOVE by Deni Y. Béchard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2012

"Reportedly at work on a book about conservation in the Congolese rainforest, the author clearly has ambitions as big as his talent, but readers of this lyrical novel will hope he gets back to fiction soon."
Even better than his simultaneously published memoir (Cures for Hunger), Béchard's haunting first novel follows three generations that can't find a home in this world. Read full book review >

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CURES FOR HUNGER by Deni Y. Béchard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"A poignant but rigorously unsentimental account of hard-won maturity."
Béchard (Vandal Love, 2006) comes to terms with the painful legacy of his father, a suicide at 56. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Béchard's adventurous travels in the Congo offer spice to this rich, complex account."
Journalist Béchard (Cures for Hunger: A Memoir, 2012, etc.), a foreign correspondent familiar with war zones, probes beneath headlines describing the Congo as "a country of such inhumanity that we find it incomprehensible" and finds another, more hopeful reality. Read full book review >

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INTO THE SUN by Deni Ellis Béchard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Despite an overly convoluted plot, this is an insightful and affecting look into the lives of those who risk everything to help the people of Afghanistan and tell their stories."
How living in Afghanistan profoundly affected a group of friends. Read full book review >

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THE DOG WHO SAVED SANTA by Y Kelley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2008

"Though it's a little strange to see an adolescent slacker Santa, Kelley pulls it off with her droll humor in both text and illustrations, aided by a memorable canine character—who's not done reforming holiday icons yet. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this unusual holiday interpretation, Santa is a young and callow fellow who doesn't really care about getting the job done on Christmas Eve. Read full book review >

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LIKE A THORN by Clara Vidal
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 10, 2008

"This tightly woven novel leaves the reader entranced, hoping Mélie can survive her teen years and somehow live happily ever after. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Mélie lives with an erratic, terrifying mother who has two personalities: Rosy Mother and Dark Mother. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2002

"The reader is richer for the opportunity of meeting Mamie in this poignant and fascinating story of a great lady. (Biography. 10-14)"
By chance, the author visited the newly opened Negro Leagues Baseball Shop in Maryland and discovered that there really were women who played professional baseball—and one of them was right there in the store. Read full book review >

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HAZEL NUTT, ALIEN HUNTER by David Elliott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Not for everyone, but fans of the first will likely be pleased. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hazel Nutt returns for another adventure. Read full book review >

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AMERICA LIBRE by Raul Ramos y Sanchez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 29, 2009

"The message is good, but the writing is not."
Cautionary debut novel imagines a chain of events in the Latin American community that causes one man to go to extreme measures to protect his family. Read full book review >

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HOUSE DIVIDED by Raul Ramos y Sanchez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2011

"Ramos y Sanchez's prose style is flat and unexciting, but the incidents hold attention."
A fantasy of life in the near future, when Hispanics are gathered across the country in 46 walled Quarantine Zones and the U.S. government sends troops to pacify the "terrorists" living there. Read full book review >

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WILLIAM CLARK AND THE SHAPING OF THE WEST by Landon Y. Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2004

"A readable, welcome contribution in this bicentennial of the Corps of Discovery's transcontinental journey."
A well-considered life of Capt. William Clark, reluctant hero of the early frontier. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"Absorbing and well researched, Chalfant's study is a signal contribution to Western and Mexican War literature."
Focusing on the importance of the Santa Fe Trail in the Mexican War, attorney and Western historian Chalfant (Cheyennes and Horse Soldiers, 1989, etc.) vividly and eloquently explains how the war and the incursions of rapacious Americans along the trail violently ended the local Native Americans' traditional way of life. Read full book review >