Search Results: "Jane Barnes"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"A searching, intelligent spiritual memoir."
A thought-provoking, sometimes surprising account of a female intellectual's passion for Mormon prophet Joseph Smith and her near-conversion to the faith. Read full book review >

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FLYAWAY by Lesley Barnes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2016

"Towers and stairways and lots of curlicues will intrigue some viewers, but this sweet concoction of a gift book may have a limited audience. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Feeding the princess craze, this lift-the flap book features a young royal whose bird with beautiful singing voice breaks free from its cage. Read full book review >

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APOSTROPHES AND APOCALYPSES by John Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 20, 1998

"Concerns that in Barnes's fine novels may be assets, or minor flaws—density; limited originality; pedestrian writing—become problems in the shorter format; annoying, too, is the presumption of a largely teenaged audience."
Barnes's first collection, comprising 13 stories, including four previously unpublished, and eight essays, is divided, obscurely, into sections headed "While you Wait," "For the End," "Let Us Spend some Time," and "Talking to People Who Aren't There." Read full book review >

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HARDWARE by Linda Barnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 10, 1995

"Not as richly satisfying as some of Carlotta's earlier cases (Snapshot, 1993, etc.), but still a guaranteed one-two punch for fans, and a solid introduction to this fine series for newcomers. (Author tour)"
Who's got it in for Boston's Green & White Cab Company? Read full book review >

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METROLAND by Julian Barnes
Released: June 6, 1980

But much here, mostly in 16-year-old Chris' very specific, special world, is amusing, crisp, and evocative for readers tuned to the British/literary wavelength. Read full book review >

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SALTHILL by Judith Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2002

"An overwrought style that never lets up, and a first-novelist who can't resist romantic metaphors (eyes are like 'lapis lazuli,' hair is 'berry-dark' and 'berry-sweet,' etc.). Just too much."
Galloping melodrama about a tormented horse-trainer. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 9, 1989

"Deft and light-footed, but Barnes' increasing tendency to be a lo-cal Calvino seems a waste of his gilts."
The Mel Brooks-y title isn't a good augury here: it alerts you to just how shtick-like what's to come will be. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A heartening memoir of good food and tough love with a few down-home recipes thrown in."
A memoir of an untrained chef with an English degree who set out to temper bad behavior by serving good food and to change junk-food die-hards into foodies. Read full book review >

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"An unfocused consideration of a famed folk tale."
A retelling of the Filipino legend of the Sleeping Dinosaur, wrapped in a debut middle-grade historical novel. Read full book review >

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FLASHPOINT by Linda Barnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 8, 1999

"As usual, Barnes's eighth (Cold Case, 1997, etc.) dashes off memorable characters in a few deft strokes, even if some of the most interesting ones have to make way for more standard-issue secrets. ($125,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Carlotta Carlyle's clients might as well be on the Endangered Species list: there aren't many of them, and they don't hang around long. Read full book review >

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A MOST UNLIKELY DUKE by Sophie Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"A mildly entertaining tale."
A minor aristocrat is living in the slums of Regency London when he learns he has inherited the ducal title of a distant relative. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Barnes knows that one of the immeasurable pleasures of art is its capacity to approach us from unexpected angles and excite our senses of wonder. The same may be said of his scholarly and astute yet accessible and exciting essays."
English novelist Barnes (Levels of Life, 2013, etc.) focuses his analytical prowess on significant artists and their oeuvres, opening fresh vistas to readers—and viewers. Read full book review >