Search Results: "Jackie Morse Kessler"


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BREATH by Jackie Morse Kessler
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 16, 2013

"Death and his riders strive to bring balance, and Kessler (Loss, 2012, etc.) begins to achieve it in this series conclusion. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Death speaks, and Xander Atwood listens in this conclusion to a gripping, if uneven series. Read full book review >

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RAGE by Jackie Morse Kessler
Released: April 4, 2011

"Dark humor and realistic situations cannot overcome the swiftly staling premise. (author's note) (Fiction. 14 & up)"
High-school student Melissa Miller wears black and cuts herself, seeking refuge in self-harm and soccer. Read full book review >

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HUNGER by Jackie Morse Kessler
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Adult author Kessler's concept and characters may not be wholly original, as she indicates in her author's note, but her ear for dialogue, fluid prose and dark humor elevate this brief novel above other 'issue books.' (eating-disorder resources) (Fiction. 12 & up)"
After a half-hearted suicide attempt, anorexic teen Lisabeth Lewis inherits the responsibilities of Famine, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, in this book of revelations and Revelations. Read full book review >

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LOSS by Jackie Morse Kessler
Released: March 20, 2012

"A book about 'bullies and bruises and babysitting Gramps' with apocalyptic interludes—the End cannot come quickly enough. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Bullied Billy Ballard must take Pestilence's crown and ride with the Horsemen of the Apocalypse or let the world be destroyed, in this third book in the Riders of the Apocalypse Quartet. Read full book review >

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JACKIE by John Tammela
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"Charming, humorously observed boyhood anecdotes."
In his debut childhood memoir, Tammela recalls his various escapades while growing up in late-1930s and early 1940s Niagara Falls, Canada. Read full book review >

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READING JACKIE by William Kuhn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

"Both respectful and scintillating."
A clever, surprisingly substantial take on the life of Jacqueline Onassis (1929 -1994). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 6, 1992

"Gleason is an ever-compelling major comedian who still awaits the serious biographical attention given Keaton, Chaplin, and Laurel and Hardy."
Pleasant but lightweight life of fat Ralph Kramden's creator, by the author of Salman Rushdie (1990), James Baldwin (1989), etc. Weatherby apparently twisted a scotch bottle dry with Gleason a number of times, starting back in Gleason's heyday, 1961, when the comedian was already questioning the value of gaining the world and would solemnly quote Shakespeare at length. Read full book review >

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JACKIE ROBINSON by Arnold Rampersad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Somewhat languidly paced but nevertheless gripping, this oustanding biography is in every way worthy of its esteemed subject. (24 pages photos, not seen) (First printing of 200,000; Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
Avoiding the sentimentality surrounding the 50th anniversary of Robinson's major-league debut, Rampersad compellingly projects his life against the backdrop of the persons and institutions that affected him and that he, in turn, helped to change. Read full book review >

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JACKIE ROBINSON by Sharon Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"It's an often-told story, but the author is still in a position to give it a unique perspective. (Biography. 8-10)"
The author of Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America (2004) tells her father's tale again, for younger readers. Read full book review >

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OH, JACKIE by Maudy Benz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"A frank and convincing portrait of a young woman's painful coming-of-age."
Stylish first novel, by journalist and performance artist Benz, about the sexual awakening of an adolescent girl. Read full book review >