Search Results: "Jackie Townsend"


BOOK REVIEW

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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THE ABSENCE OF EVELYN by Jackie Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"A careful examination of family ties with an international flavor."
A mother and daughter make separate journeys and come to new understandings about themselves and their relationships in Townsend's (Imperfect Pairings, 2013, etc.) novel.Read full book review >

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IMPERFECT PAIRINGS by Jackie Townsend
Released: May 17, 2013

"A pleasant read, rich in cultural ethos, but with little character depth."
Townsend's (Reel Life, 2012) second novel presents a portrait of two clashing cultures, embodied in the relationship between a career-minded American woman and a conflicted Italian man. Read full book review >

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REEL LIFE by Jackie Townsend
Released: Feb. 22, 2012

"A realistic, moving chronicle of the evolving relationship between sisters."
Two sisters travel a rocky path to self-fulfillment—watching some movies along the way—in this reflective debut novel. 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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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 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 >

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JACKIE JUNKO by Springy Thingy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2013

"If this maiden voyage is any indication, Jackie Junko is set for smooth sailing ahead. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
Not even a barnacle escapes attention in this captivating story of a little boat and his adventure to the Old Ship Yard. Read full book review >