Search Results: "Jane Rogers"


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ISLAND by Jane Rogers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2000

"This tale of a madness as terrifying as it is logical, simple and classical in its tragic lines, is also a complex rendering of the art of storytelling, where history and invention seem to purposefully converge, each to transform the other."
An embittered young woman journeys to a small island in the Scottish Hebrides to confront her past, by murdering the mother who abandoned her as a newborn, in Rogers's brooding, furiously powerful tale (Mr. Wroe's Virgins, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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PROMISED LANDS by Jane Rogers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 1997

"Ambitious and solidly researched, but the different centuries and their challenges remain largely in separate orbits, with only a huge effort at contrivance pulling them parallel, and then only briefly."
Following a popular trend, Rogers's latest (after Her Living Image, 1986, etc.) fuses the past and the present, reaching from the 18th-century founding of a British colony in Australia to a failing 20th-century English marriage, and conjoining the roles of two idealists, each disillusioned in his own time and place. Read full book review >

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THE VOYAGE HOME by Jane Rogers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 20, 2004

"A complex story exploring the moral repercussions of acting or not acting."
Another well-researched psychologically astute novel from Rogers (Island, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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CONRAD & ELEANOR by Jane Rogers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"A nuanced, pragmatic look at the long-married state."
Who contributes what to an initially happy, later failing marriage, asks British novelist Rogers (The Testament of Jessie Lamb, 2012, etc.), and can this marriage be saved? Read full book review >

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MR. WROE'S VIRGINS by Jane Rogers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1999

"Facets of the historical moment are vividly rendered, and each woman's voice is distinct, but there are more highlights than depths to this story, giving it a frustrating unevenness."
An earlier historical novel by Rogers (Promised Lands, 1997, etc.), first published in England in 1991, gives an intermittently compelling story of a charismatic doomsday minister who, in 1830, requests seven virgins from his congregation "for comfort and succor." Read full book review >

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THE TESTAMENT OF JESSIE LAMB by Jane Rogers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2012

"A disturbing story that, in the end, somehow seems a bit shallow."
An idealistic young heroine makes a decision that will alter her life, and possibly the world, in Rogers' (The Voyage Home, 2004, etc.) eighth novel. Read full book review >

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HAPPY TRAILS by Roy Rogers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Although they chronicle the untimely deaths of three other offspring (one a Down's syndrome baby, another killed in a car crash, a third done in by a drinking bout with fellow enlisted men), the tone is generally upbeat and sweet—but not too sweet. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Pop-culture enthusiasts Jane and Michael Stern (Way Out West, 1993, etc.) are the perfect coauthors for the popular cowboy/cowgirl couple, stars of movies, radio, and TV during the 1940s and '50s. Read full book review >

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THE HERO OF LITTLE STREET by Gregory Rogers
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2012

"All's well that ends well, as this frolic does, with a sublime comeuppance for all the bullies, then and now. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Rogers' Boy (from The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard, 2004, and A Midsummer Knight, 2007) returns for another wordless metafictive adventure, this one centering on Dutch painting. Read full book review >

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MIDSUMMER KNIGHT by Gregory Rogers
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"Told as before in crowded but large and easy-to-follow sequential panels, the tale will delight even readers who don't catch all of the Elizabethan references. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Another wordless, briskly paced escapade with a Shakespearean flavor (and cast) from the author of The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard (2004). Read full book review >

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KINDERGARTEN ABC by Jacqueline Rogers
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"This not a primer on the ABCs, but an extension of the letter-learning process, a vocabulary builder that will test readers with the likes of easel, knees, llama, quarrel, and tambourines. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Rogers returns to the class from Tiptoe into Kindergarten (1999) to introduce a flurry of letters and words in the always-winning treasure-hunt format that will have eyes poring over the pages. Read full book review >