Search Results: "Jane G. Haigh"


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Released: March 1, 1999

"Although the hardships are never glossed over, the design of the book has an antique charm, with photographs, ticket stubs, old handbills, maps, and journal excerpts. (glossary, further reading) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
This excellent, well-researched book offers a rare peek into a fascinating culture, history, and people, in portraits of eight intrepid children and their families during the Alaskan/Yukon Territory gold rush. Read full book review >

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NEWS FROM HEAVEN by Jennifer Haigh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Haigh's narratives are beautifully realized stories of heartbreak, of qualified love and of economic as well as personal depression."
Despite its treacly title, this collection of short stories shows depth, understanding and compassion rather than sentimentality. Read full book review >

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BAKER TOWERS by Jennifer Haigh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"Almost mythic in its ambition, somewhere between Oates and Updike country, and thoroughly satisfying."
An elegant, elegiac multigenerational saga about a small coal-mining community in western Pennsylvania that shows how talented she really is. Read full book review >

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HEAT AND LIGHT by Jennifer Haigh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"This ambitious but flawed attempt at a 21st-century Dickensian novel shows how difficult it is to write convincing polemical fiction."
Haigh, who wrote a morally complex, narrowly focused book about the hot-button issue of child molestation by Catholic priests in Faith (2011), takes a broader approach in this sprawling, thickly populated novel about fracking. Read full book review >

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THE SUITCASE by Jane G. Meyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"A misguided effort in need of a more enlightening text and more polished illustrations. (Picture book/religion. 5-9)"
A boy named Thomas wants to go to heaven. Read full book review >

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THE CONDITION by Jennifer Haigh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2008

"After the lovely opening, filled with genuine insight and touching lyricism, Haigh overly orchestrates her characters' lives."
PEN/Hemingway Award winner Haigh's third novel (Baker Towers, 2005, etc.) focuses on the now disconnected members of a once close-knit New England family. Read full book review >

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MRS. KIMBLE by Jennifer Haigh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2003

"The measured prose and care for detail show a promising talent, but the overscripted characters' lives feel more literary than lived."
Haigh's perhaps too-carefully orchestrated debut tells the elusive story of one man from the perspectives of the three women he woos, marries, and disappoints. Read full book review >

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FAITH by Jennifer Haigh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2011

"Haigh deals with complex moral issues in subtle ways, and her narrative is beautifully, sometimes achingly poignant."
A non-sensationalized novel about an inherently sensational event—the abuse of an 8-year-old boy by a priest. Read full book review >

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MY MOM IS A FIREFIGHTER by Lois G. Grambling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Billy does indeed have an excellent role model. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Finally, a picture book about a young boy who wants to grow up to be just like his mom who is a firefighter. Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Best of all, the poetry's mild, steady rhythms will close little eyelids anywhere. (Poetry collection. Birth-5)"
From the traditional "Man in the Moon" and Vachel Lindsay's "The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky (What the Little Girl Said)" to Roger McGough's "First Rub of Dawn," this properly soporific companion to Here's a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry (2007, illustrated by Polly Dunbar) pairs 60 short, murmurous, night-themed poems or extracted verses to full-bleed, usually full-spread paintings awash in soft moonlight and gentle, dreamlike images. Read full book review >

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Youngtimer by G. G. Fulton
Released: June 1, 2015

"This time-travel tale doesn't add much to the well-worn gimmick."
Fulton's debut begins a series for middle-grade readers about two tween girls who inherit a time machine. Read full book review >

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CRITTER COLORS by Ashley G.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"With so many excellent board books about color on the market, those with limited budgets can safely pass on this pale contribution to the spectrum. (Board book. 18 mos.-4)"
"What can you make out of colors?" is the question posed by this simple board book. Read full book review >