Search Results: "Haven Kimmel"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SOLACE OF LEAVING EARLY by Haven Kimmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2002

Several quests for religious certainty and personal fulfillment intersect melodramatically in this overwrought debut novel from the Indiana author of the memoir A Girl Named Zippy (2001). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2006

"Fans will find this go-round less zippy (forgive the pun), but more honest."
In Kimmel's follow-up to her well-received memoir about growing up in a tiny Indiana town (A Girl Named Zippy, 2001), the "She" of the title is Kimmel's mother, whose mid-life decision to attend college in the early 1970s disrupted her family's equilibrium. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IODINE by Haven Kimmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"Overwritten, lugubrious and self-consciously oblique."
Kimmel (The Used World, 2007, etc.) tells the story of an unbalanced Indiana college girl who may have been abused in childhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2001

"Not the weightiest of tomes, but quite delightful and very amusing."
Fresh and funny memoirs of a childhood in America's heartland, written by one who was born there in 1965 and can still remember the way a child experienced it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMETHING RISING (LIGHT AND SWIFT) by Haven Kimmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2004

"A bit too lugubrious for an elegy, a bit too lighthearted for a caper: still, a serviceable account of a young woman finding her own way in a twilit world of regret and loss."
Second-novelist Kimmel (The Solace of Leaving Early, 2002, etc.) describes a young pool hustler's coming of age in rural 1980s Indiana. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE USED WORLD by Haven Kimmel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"Although Kimmel can write with real charm, the characters feel manufactured in this overly schematic plot."
Kimmel returns to the rural, small-town Indiana landscape of her memoirs (She Got Up Off the Couch, 2006, etc.) and her first novel (The Solace of Leaving Early, 2002), as well as to some favorite themes—beloved mothers; absent fathers; and what it means to be a Christian today. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ORVILLE by Haven Kimmel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"Parker's sophisticated watercolors add some interest to the effort, but this misguided attempt is too long and too esoteric for the intended audience, another illustrated short story with adult sensibilities. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Orville is a huge, unattractive stray dog who is taken in by an older couple on a farm in this overly long, depressing tale, a first children's story from memoirist Kimmel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KALINE KLATTERMASTER’S TREE HOUSE by Haven Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2008

"Worth the effort, though, for those who persevere will find abundant laughter and sweet resolution. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Kaline Klattermaster, fresh out of third grade, is one of those kids who TALKS IN CAPITAL LETTERS, has a crazy mother and moves between his imaginary world and the real world with breathtaking frequency. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 2, 2008

"A useful, highly readable overview of an important social phenomenon."
Guys just wanna have fun. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SEVEN KEYS OF BALABAD by Paul Haven
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2009

"A cluster of likable stock characters and whip-wielding warriors keeps the endearing plot moving. (Adventure. 10-12)"
Intrepid heroes preserve the peace of a war-torn Muslim country in this adventuresome Boy's Own-type treasure hunt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWO HOT DOGS WITH EVERYTHING by Paul Haven
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2006

"Huge, magical and delightful. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Danny Gurkin is devoted to the game of baseball and most especially to the hapless Sluggers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DUGAN UNDER GROUND by Tom De Haven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2001

"A shame, too, since Dugan Under Ground positively rattles with energy, invention, and roughhouse wit. It's chaotic—and quite wonderful."
The enigmatic life of a renegade cartoonist is and isn't revealed by the testimony of those who knew, loved, and hated him: a fascinating, frustrating partial sequel to De Haven's Funny Papers (1985) and Derby Dugan's Depression Funnies (1996). Read full book review >