Search Results: "Ginger Strand"


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FLIGHT by Ginger Strand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"That closing section suggests real potential in an otherwise unremarkable first novel."
Turbulence roils three relationships in a family as its members gather for a Midwestern wedding. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2012

"An interesting detour into a true-crime niche."
Strand (Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies, 2008, etc.) explores the connection between America's sprawling highway system and the pathology of the murderers who have made them a killing ground. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"Excessive detail sometimes makes this a heavy slog, but Strand's ability to ferret out Niagara's many different symbolic connotations provides fresh vantage points on an icon 'so familiar, it's almost hard to see.'"
A dive into the untold history of Niagara Falls. Read full book review >

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THE BROTHERS VONNEGUT by Ginger Strand
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"An engaging yet disquieting portrait of postwar America through the eyes of a pair of brothers who accomplished great things in different fields."
In this meticulously researched dual biography of scientist Bernard Vonnegut (1914-1997) and his brother, fiction writer Kurt (1922-2007), Orion contributing editor Strand (Killer on the Road: Violence and the American Interstate, 2012, etc.) focuses on the late 1940s to the early 1950s, when the brothers both worked at General Electric.Read full book review >

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STRANGER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED by Jeff Strand
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2017

"Best enjoyed with willfully suspended disbelief and a laugh track. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Marcus is a high school freshman whose vomit-inducing stage fright presents a major barrier to his dream of becoming a world-famous magician. Read full book review >

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BLIZZARD OF ONE by Mark Strand
Released: June 1, 1998

Former Poet Laureate, and a writer in a number of genres, this Univ. of Chicago professor and much-honored poet has developed over the years an aesthetic much his own: The discursive, easy surfaces of his quiet, gently surreal poems accumulate into a complex metaphysic, a notion of time and space that permeates his every utterance, whether abstract or concrete. Read full book review >

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BRAND NEW EMILY  by Ginger Rue
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2009

"But like any good sales campaign, the material is so enjoyable that readers might not even notice that they've learned something. (Fiction. 11 & up)"
One of the eternal mysteries of middle school is the question of popularity: What makes one child popular while another is not? Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 14, 2011

"Unvarnished prose, plentiful images and vivid anecdotes set in historical perspective make this chronological account lively and accessible for middle-grade readers. (author's note, chronology, source notes, bibliography, words and music) (Biography. 9-12)"
Even readers without Girl Scout credentials can appreciate this competent, photo-laden biography of fearless, feisty founder, Juliette Gordon Low. Read full book review >

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HARD ROCK by Ginger Rue
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2017

"If there were a reality show called Real Housewives of Tuscaloosa: The Middle School Years, this might suffice as the print version. (Fiction. 10-14)"
This second book of the Tig Ripley series continues as Tig and her all-girl band, Pandora's Box, struggle with middle school drama. Read full book review >

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GINGER by Ginger Rogers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 1991

"High point: the Oscar for Kitty Foyle. (Black-and-white photographs—not seen.)"
Serviceable autobiography of the dancer-comedienne-leading lady, now 80. Read full book review >