Search Results: "Diane Burnside Murdock"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 9, 2014

"Deftly written, highly informative and contemporary; opens the door to much-needed dialogue around a sensitive subject."
This thoughtful guide presents an informed discussion of modern-day issues related to dying. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL’S FOOTPRINTS by John Burnside
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2008

"The novel ultimately ties some knots but leaves too many strands loose."
A quasi-mystery that spends too much time within the mind of the uninteresting first-person narrator. Read full book review >

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A NORMAL SKIN by John Burnside
Released: March 1, 1998

"Occasionally insightful (in poems such as —Agoraphobia— and —Simon of Cyrene—), Burnside's mostly drab observations more often take a nihilistic turn—he's somber, when not just morbid."
With five poetry volumes and a novel (The Dumb House, 1997) to his credit, this Scottish-born writer continues to explore the darkness within the natural world and the difficulties in human relations. Read full book review >

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THE GLISTER by John Burnside
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2008

"A truly unusual experience awaits readers willing to forgo the obvious pleasures of the genre."
What begins as a spooky tale of serial murder evolves into something much stranger and riskier—an eschatological fable about innocence, evil and personal responsibility. Read full book review >

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THE DUMB HOUSE by John Burnside
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Still, Burnside's poetry urges us with remarkably few misgivings into his story, which seizes hold of readers like a virus."
An adenoidally creepy, affecting debut about one man's mad hunt for the origins of language and the soul. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS BEN by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2008

"An amusing, heartwarming adventure put forth in richly flavored prose. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Princess Benevolence isn't a run-of-the-mill spoiled princess. Read full book review >

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HEAVEN IS PAVED WITH OREOS by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Fans of the trilogy will be delighted to revisit both the Schwenks and Red Bend, Wisc. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Sarah discovers first love and family secrets in this sweet-as-a-cookie Dairy Queen companion for slightly younger readers. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2015

"An engaging story of success, as told by a man who refused to quit."
A debut work of creative nonfiction about the daunting challenges of higher education and the power of perseverance. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2011

"If not quite the sumptuous banquet anticipated, the novel still makes a satisfying, tasty treat. (glossary of terms) (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
From the author of the Dairy Queen series comes this ebullient fairy tale, set in a vaguely Teutonic empire of small baronies, duchies and kingdoms. Read full book review >

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THE OFF SEASON by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
FICTION
Released: June 4, 2007

"Readers will root for both D.J. and a third installment with equal vigor. (Fiction. YA)"
D.J. Schwenk, the first girl linebacker on the Red Bend High football team, returns to tell the story of her first season. Read full book review >

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DAIRY QUEEN by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
FICTION
Released: May 22, 2006

"A fresh teen voice, great football action and cows—this novel rocks. (Fiction. YA)"
A painfully funny novel takes readers into the head of D.J. Schwenk, frustrated dairy farmer-cum-football trainer-cum-star linebacker. D.J. comes from a football family: Her two older brothers were legends in high school; her father used to coach. Read full book review >

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High Drama by Helen Murdock-Prep
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2014

"Lots of fun elements—ghost story, showtime, romantic married love—but the heroine is slow to grow a spine."
In this debut comic novel, a young couple, both high school theater directors, tries to handle drama from parents, students, and others. Read full book review >