Search Results: "Jan Dravecky"


BOOK REVIEW

NURSE JAN by Ann Jasper
Released: Jan. 4, 2013

"A predictable story that's enjoyable enough for readers interested in medicine."
A fictionalized account of the author's experiences in nursing school during the 1950s. Read full book review >

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WHEN YOU CAN'T COME BACK by Dave Dravecky
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 1992

"The Draveckys' sincerity shines through even this orgy of soul-beating, which says a lot for them. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
In 1989, major-league pitcher Dravecky—who struggled back from surgery on his cancerous left arm only to break the arm ruinously while pitching—learned a bitter lesson about comebacks. Read full book review >

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JAN ORMEROD'S TO BABY WITH LOVE by Jan Ormerod
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A feast of bright yet subtle color and bold design, just right for introducing the youngest to some familiar animals while tickling their ears with contagious rhymes and their minds with a few simple concepts. (Picture book. 1-5)"
An artist known especially for her exquisite draughtsmanship visualizes five familiar nursery pieces in vibrant paint set off by brilliant white. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SINS AND NEEDLES by Monica Ferris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2006

"Betsy, who's growing as a character, gets an especially interesting case this time."
A search for a birth mother provides the impetus for a murder in Minnesota. Read full book review >

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TROUBLED WATERS by Carolyn Wheat
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Required reading for anybody who remembers the '60s—or anybody who's forgotten them."
The shocking resurfacing of a long-vanished fugitive—Cass Jameson's old friend and fellow-activist Jan Gebhardt turns herself in to the authorities—yanks Cass out of her New York orbit to the side of her quadriplegic brother in Ohio and back in time to 1982, when Ron Jameson allegedly drove his van to the spot where Jan executed a federal agent. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MEANT TO BE by Rita Coburn Whack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 2002

"Well-written though oft-told, and interrupted much too often by a confused spirituality."
Jan Campbell is an excellent student and devoted churchgoer—until she scandalizes the Baptist congregation by saying "nobody should hold a child back from God. . . ." Read full book review >

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THE MERMAID by Jan Brett
by Jan Brett, illustrated by Jan Brett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Not quite just right but sure to please Brett's fans. (Picture book. 3-5)"
More "The Three Bears" than "The Little Mermaid," Brett's latest picture book was inspired by her visits to Okinawa and the New England Aquarium, where she encountered the Pacific octopus. Read full book review >

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GINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS by Jan Brett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Fans of Brett's intricately detailed illustration style will find this a sweet treat. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Brett's Gingerbread Baby skips in for his third story, this time celebrating Christmas in a Swiss Alpine village setting with a band of anthropomorphic gingerbread instruments. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT IF YOU MET A COWBOY? by Jan Adkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2014

"As Wild Bill Hickok 'says' in his blurb: 'Factual as far as it goes.' (glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Following other books in the What if You Met…(a Pirate, 2004; a Knight, 2006) series, this title somewhat less successfully tackles the subject of cowboys. Read full book review >

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BROTHER WILLIAM'S YEAR by Jan Pancheri
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Further notes are given briefly at the end in Brother William's wry and sweet voice. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Pancheri has been the gardener at Westminster Abbey in London for five years, and she draws on her experience to create a visual and verbal treat. Read full book review >