Search Results: "Jane Buchanan"


BOOK REVIEW

BUCHANAN DYING  by John Updike
Released: April 1, 1974

"Il est plus aise de connaitre l'homme en general, que de connaitre un homme en particulier' — might serve as a fitting clue to the fundamental absence of emotional interest, since the most revealing, intimate touch about Buchanan's character in Updike's dry, cold, statuesque play comes in an early stage direction: 'This is the so-called Back Bedroom, preferred by the dying man perhaps because, being over the kitchen, it was warm."
John Updike has made a stalwart attempt to rescue James Buchanan from historical oblivion — and failed. Read full book review >

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GOODBYE, CHARLEY by Jane Buchanan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 17, 2004

"No monkey business about it. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Celie's strong 12-year-old voice focuses the semi-omniscient third-person narrative, eloquently revealing her attitudes about the severe 1943 Gloucester, Massachusetts, community spirit, which is much too serious for the kind of childhood her Dad thinks his children need. Read full book review >

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HANK’S STORY by Jane Buchanan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2001

"Hank eventually frees himself and comes to believe that the brutal man had power over him in part because he allowed it, hardly the circumstance for the majority of children who live with a violent alcoholic, but affecting nonetheless. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Setting her story in 1923, Buchanan (Gratefully Yours, 1997, etc.) once again explores the plight of a parentless youngster sent by "orphan train" to rural Nebraska. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2010

"Flashes of originality, wit and vivid imagery bring the story to life intermittently, but the distracting improbabilities pull readers out of the story again and again. (author's note) (Fiction. 15 & up)"
Retelling a classic as contemporary fiction is a tricky business, as demonstrated in this uneven rendering of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre as chick lit. Read full book review >

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GRATEFULLY YOURS by Jane Buchanan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 1997

"From the hardscrabble, no-nonsense tone, readers will infer that these are tough people living difficult lives, and while the topic of orphan trains has been overused of late, Buchanan's lean treatment is all her own. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In 1923, Hattie travels on one of the ``orphan trains'' to Nebraska to live with a couple, Henry and Elizabeth, who are still grieving after the death of their son and their daughter's stillbirth. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A respectful, exciting and disarming update of one of the last century's most oft-told tales."
The old "Me Tarzan, You Jane" dynamic established in Johnny Weismuller movies gets a radical update by shining the spotlight on adventuress Jane Porter. Read full book review >

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THE BERRY-PICKING MAN by Jane Buchanan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2003

"Rich and true. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Old Sam, the berry-picking man, smells bad, has terrible manners, and talks to himself all the time. Read full book review >

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SEED MAGIC by Jane Buchanan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"In the end, good intentions, bright colors, a gentle voice and an agreeable theme do not jell into a successful book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tale about the quest for magic and beauty struggles to bring its various parts together, leaving only an impression of what the story might have been. Read full book review >

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CHAINSAW JANE by Marie-Jo Fortis
Released: March 4, 2013

"A thrilling mystery with an unlikely yet endearing heroine."
A gruesome murder is no match for a vodka-swilling Russian medium in Fortis' debut mystery novel. Read full book review >

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JANE FONDA by Patricia Bosworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Reading to savor."
Distinguished celebrity biographer and Vanity Fair contributing editor Bosworth (Marlon Brando, 2001, etc.) recounts the life story of an American icon in all its heady—and at times, unabashedly scandalous—glory. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"A sparkling chronicle, fine-tuned to the personal stories that lend texture and emotion to a biography."
Debut author Fox sheds new light on the lesser-known life of Anne Boleyn's sister-in-law. Read full book review >

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BOSTON JANE by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"While this is not as compelling as the previous two titles, Jane's fans will delight in the turn of events and celebrate with her. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the third installment of her trilogy about Boston Jane, Holm continues the drama of white settlers in the Washington Territory, some of whom embrace the Chinook way of life and many of whom disdain their so-called "savage" ways. Read full book review >