Search Results: "Jackie Townsend"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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MR. BALL MAKES A TO-DO LIST by Michael Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A wild romp, with the volume turned up to 11. (Graphic early reader. 5-7)"
A manic Pac-Man lookalike loves making to-do lists, but he has a certain amount of trouble (read: major difficulties) following through. Read full book review >

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MR. BALL by Michael Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Expect more from this Pac Man-esque hero and his band of friends. (Graphic fantasy. 5-8)"
Mr. Ball's egg-cellent adventure just may leave him cracked. Read full book review >

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MONKEY & ELEPHANT'S WORST FIGHT EVER! by Michael Townsend
ANIMALS
Released: March 8, 2011

"The heavy-line cartoon illustrations populated by simple, rubber-limbed characters relate the instructive tale with pitch-perfect notes of humor and silliness that never approach the didactic. (Picture book. 4-8)"
One evening, Monkey decides to surprise his best friend, Elephant, with a tray of cupcakes. Read full book review >

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KIT FEENY by Michael Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Lame-tastic! (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
Kit Feeny and Arnold are best friends. Read full book review >

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AMAZING GREEK MYTHS OF WONDER AND BLUNDERS by Michael Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Mighty 12: Superheroes of Greek Myth, illustrated by P. Craig Russell (2008). (Graphic mythology. 10-13)"
From the tale of doomed lovers Pyramus and Thisbe to the Labors of Hercules, nine oft-retold myths get an off-the-wall graphic-novel treatment. Read full book review >

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EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON by Jackie Morris
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"This leisurely, lyrical, romantic and realistic version is one to savor and to read aloud, and again, and again. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
Reimagined for the 21st century, a familiar folk tale becomes a haunting love story and a reminder that first love may not last a lifetime. Read full book review >

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DRAGONS OF THE BOOK OF MORMON by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Another of Townsend's critical but affectionate and absorbing tours of Mormon discontent."
In these sympathetic but subversive stories, Mormons have their faith tested in ways both subtle and severe. Read full book review >

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The Mormon Victorian Society by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2013

"Funny, shrewd and finely wrought dissections of the awkward contradictions—and surprising harmonies—between conscience and desire."
Gay Mormons struggle to reconcile their hearts with their faith in these slyly revealing stories. Read full book review >

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THE GOLEM OF RABBI LOEW by Johnny Townsend
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 15, 2010

"A strong collection, but its internal conflicts—between sensitive depiction of Jewish intellectual life and raunchy tales of porn—ultimately work at cross-purposes."
A collection of short stories set along the connections of gay life, Jewish life and Mormon life. Read full book review >