Search Results: "Han Nolan"


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A FACE IN EVERY WINDOW by Han Nolan
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Most, not all, of the people here make good choices, and Nolan beautifully captures the shifts and textures of human relationships. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A teenager's resistance to change drives this meaty tale from Nolan (Dancing On The Edge, 1997, etc.), about people who are reinventing themselves, or reaffirming who they are. Read full book review >

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WHEN WE WERE SAINTS by Han Nolan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"That certainly may be the point, but as a narrative strategy, it's more than a little frustrating. (Fiction. YA)"
"Young man, you are a saint!" are Archie's grandfather's dying words. Read full book review >

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A SUMMER OF KINGS by Han Nolan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"The brilliantly portrayed cast of characters illuminates the gut-wrenching history of the time, making tangible the sorrow and hurt that is always personal. (Fiction. YA)"
King Roy is the alleged murderer who comes to live with Esther's eccentric privileged family in their 30-room mansion in the summer of 1963. Read full book review >

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DANCING ON THE EDGE by Han Nolan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The shadows of truth, suffering, self-expression, and repression are examined without psychobabble in this sad, funny, and tender story. (Fiction. 12+)"
Charting the near-destruction of a child's soul at the hands of the self-centered, bickering adults around her, Nolan (Send Me Down a Miracle, 1996, etc.) dives into the mind of an emotionally disturbed girl in an intense, exceptionally well-written novel. Read full book review >

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SEND ME DOWN A MIRACLE by Han Nolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"Readers will be dizzied by the multiple subplots and roller-coaster highs and lows in this portrait of a small town that is anything but quiet. (Fiction. 11-15)"
An apparent miracle stands tiny Casper, Alabama, on its ear in this busy, hilarious, tragic story from the author of If I Should Die Before I Wake (1994). Read full book review >

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CRAZY by Han Nolan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

Since his mother's recent death, his mentally ill father, who tried to bury him alive at age six, has donned a homemade Spartan helmet as protection from mythological Furies, leaving 15-year-old Jason Papadopoulos feeling like he's living a Greek tragedy. Read full book review >

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PREGNANT PAUSE by Han Nolan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 19, 2011

"Nolan proves once again that she can take a familiar story to surprising new heights. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Sixteen-year-old Elly is pregnant. Read full book review >

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BORN BLUE by Han Nolan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Unforgettable. (Fiction. YA)"
Absolutely riveting and incredibly painful is the story of Janie, unable to connect emotionally with anyone, and clutching her incredible talent to sing as all else fails. Read full book review >

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IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE by Han Nolan
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"Still, juxtaposing the virulent paranoia of present-day skinheads with their forebears' atrocities is a bold basis for a novel; if some of the transitions here are a bit awkward, the book as a whole is deeply felt and often compelling. (Fiction. 12+)"
Nolan's first novel is ambitious indeed: she frames the story of teenage Chana's survival in the Lodz ghetto and Auschwitz with a second story, about a young neo-Nazi who—after a motorcycle accident from which her vicious boyfriend escapes unscathed—is in the intensive care unit where Chana is dying half a century later. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"A must-read for anyone, especially 20- and 30-somethings, itching to understand China today."
China's bad-boy blogger and auto-racing hero Han Han tells it like it is in the People's Republic, relying on a deep reservoir of wit and wisdom and a wily insistence on justice for all. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2010

"An exemplary work of jazz biography."
Nolan (Ross Macdonald: A Biography, 1999) reconsiders the swing clarinetist-bandleader in a beautifully measured, unforgiving account. Read full book review >

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THE BANYAN TREE by Christopher Nolan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"A triumph, it goes without saying—and a work of truly individual genius."
The Banyan Tree ($25.95; Mar.; 384 pp.; 1-55970-511-6): Irish writer Nolan, a lifelong quadriplegic and mute whose struggles to be a part of the life around him and express himself were recorded in his prizewinning 1978 memoir Under the Eye of the Clock, has now, after 12 quite literally painstaking years, produced this spectacularly vivid and lyrical first novel. Read full book review >