Search Results: "Jana Bommersbach"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"An NBC miniseries based on the book will air in November. (Photos—eight pp. b&w—not seen.)"
A less-than-compelling reinvestigation of a 1932 Arizona crime in which two bodies were dismembered, stuffed into luggage, and taken by rail out of state. Read full book review >

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FUNERAL HOTDISH by Jana Bommersbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Like the eponymous hotdish, Bommersbach's debut novel contains a little of everything but nothing that spells haute literary cuisine. The author of The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd: The Truth About an American Crime Legend Revealed at Last (1992) might be better off sticking with true crime."
An Arizona transplant chases the scoop of the century while folks back in her Minnesota hometown discover club drugs. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 19, 2005

"Well crafted, intimate and engaging: an unorthodox rite of passage with ruminations on faith, feminism and more."
A quest for hope, meaning, a sense of place and ancestral connections, all mounted on two slippery wheels. Read full book review >

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FORETOLD by Jana Oliver
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 11, 2012

"This tale of Hell, hotties and high school should please already-confirmed fans. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Teenage demon trapper Riley Blackthorne just wants to capture demons, regain her soul and go to her high school prom in this overfilled finale. Read full book review >

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One Prince, Two Kingdoms by Jana Grissom
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"A well-executed rendition of familiar fantasy."
Grissom, in her YA debut, tells the story of a boy who must choose between two warring spirit kingdoms, one of darkness, one of light. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Animal lovers will enjoy the sharp scrutiny of the horse's behavior but may wish for greater authorial introspection."
A romantic exploration of horse ownership. Read full book review >

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SOUL THIEF by Jana Oliver
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A fallen-angel story that never truly takes off. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Destruction and demons follow 17-year-old Riley Blackthorne as she trudges across Atlanta seeking her father's recently re-animated corpse and the Geo-Fiend who killed him. Read full book review >

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THE LAST COWGIRL by Jana Richman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2008

"Richman's mastery of the emotional geography is illuminating, and Dickie's dichotomous affections call to mind the work of Pat Conroy."
A conflicted woman faces the ghosts of her desert childhood in this heartfelt Western drama from Richman (Riding in the Shadows of Saints: A Woman's Story of Motorcycling the Mormon Trail, 2005). Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Medical melodrama will always be a TV staple, but this searing tour of duty suggests that an EMS docudrama would never work: few could bear so much reality."
A disturbing descent into the maelstrom of city life with a New Jersey EMS team. Read full book review >

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AND THEN COMES CHRISTMAS by Tom Brenner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"WHEN families find an endearing Christmas story (such as this one), THEN they will enjoy reading it over and over. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A Caucasian family with two young children prepares for Christmas in this captivating look at the anticipation and activities during the countdown to the holiday. Read full book review >

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TREE! by Madelyn Rosenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Ingenuous and sweet. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
On the Jewish holiday of Tu B'Shevat, the birthday of the trees, Joni strives to create a celebration befitting her old majestic tree. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2006

"A tendentious effort to keep our founding father firmly in the fold of Our Father (and His Son)."
Other historians are wrong: George Washington was no deist or secular humanist or atheist, he was an Anglican who kept Jesus in his heart but, for political reasons, out of virtually all of his public utterances. Read full book review >