Search Results: "Jane Vandenburgh"


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FAILURE TO ZIGZAG by Jane Vandenburgh
Released: March 7, 1989

Like Mona Simpson's Anywhere But Here, this disturbing first novel concerns the strained relations between a loony mother and her long-suffering daughter at large in the madness of modern California—and does so with a sense of humor. Read full book review >

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THE WRONG DOG DREAM by Jane Vandenburgh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2013

"Sincere and at times even lyrical, but not especially compelling."
Novelist and memoirist Vandenburgh (Architecture of the Novel, 2010, etc.) tells the story of her relationships with two family dogs while exploring her own inner emotional landscapes. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2009

"Effectively employing the author's fiction-writing talents to tell her life story, this memoir will likely cause readers to seek out her novels."
Novelist Vandenburgh (The Physics of Sunset, 1999, etc.) writes lyrically about her chaotic life. 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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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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WISTERIA JANE by Amber Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A valuable lesson about tact for any age. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little girl who takes telling the truth too far learns to temper her tongue and make up with a friend. Read full book review >

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JANE & MIZMOW by Matthew S.  Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A whimsical, gentle reminder that even the best friendships occasionally wobble, especially if a quirky, but endearing monster's involved. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little girl and her rather unusual pal quarrel, but they know just how to make up, too, in this charming paean to friendship. Read full book review >

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JANE ADDAMS by Louise W. Knight
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2010

"A sympathetic portrait of—and tribute to—a brave and committed human being."
Biography of social reformer and peace activist Jane Addams (1860-1935). Read full book review >

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JANE EYRE by Amy Corzine
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Distinctly subpar. (Graphic classic. 13 & up)"
Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre may seem a fairly innocuous choice for a graphic-novel adaption, but Corzine proves otherwise. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"Still, it's an important work that will introduce an important American to a new generation of readers. (afterword, bibliography, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In her day, Addams was one of the most famous women in America and was known around the world as a social activist, a pacifist, the author of 11 books and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Read full book review >

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BOSTON JANE by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"We can only hope that the endearing and occasionally improbable adventures of Boston Jane, with their nicely blended mix of real events and characters inspired by actual pioneers, will continue. (Fiction. 10-14)"
It's now several months since Boston Jane (Boston Jane: An Adventure, 2001) arrived in Shoalwater Bay, Washington Territory, having traveled from proper Philadelphia to marry William and having found William married to another. Read full book review >