Search Results: "Janelle Brown"


BOOK REVIEW

BROWN by Richard Rodriguez
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2002

"Elegant, controversial, and altogether memorable."
A poetic, often contrarian meditation on race in modern America. Read full book review >

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WATCH ME DISAPPEAR by Janelle Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Moody but restrained, this is a familiar tale that sets out to upend itself—and succeeds."
A missing—presumed dead—woman's husband and teenage daughter struggle with her absence and the question of whether she is truly gone in this third novel by Brown (This Is Where We Live, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

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THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE by Janelle Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2010

"The phony happy ending mars what is for the most part a cringingly funny satire of love and money among the artsy class."
From the opening scene in which an earthquake shakes Los Angeles, Brown's tart second novel (All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, 2008), about a pair of hip Californians facing financial and marital collapse, couldn't be more timely. Read full book review >

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ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING by Janelle Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2008

"Desperately contrived, but the bitchiness is fun in small doses."
Brown's fiction debut is a bitter comedy about divorce in California's Silicon Valley, where apparently men are even more ruthless in marriage than in business. Read full book review >

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BROWN by James Polster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"Good fun, if ultimately shallow."
A rollicking, at times extremely funny, tall tale disguised as a detective novel, careening with Hunter Thompsonesque panache through the restaurants, bars, and haunts of the corrupt rich in San Francisco, that classic mystery milieu. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"A different take on married life, of broader interest because of the issue of same-sex marriage and Mitt Romney's membership in the LDS."
A behind-the-scenes look at the life of a celebrity polygamist family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POETRY
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Sweet wondrous life to live' seems—well, sweet, it's also piquantly ironic in light of the struggles awaiting these promising, much-beloved children. (Poetry. 5+)"
Enchanting period photos of young African-Americans, which Myers collected from "dusty bins in antique shops, flea markets, auction houses, and museum collections." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN BROWN by John Hendrix
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Not a story for the younger set, but an important view of one of the most controversial men in American history. (author's note, sources, index) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
John Brown, with a makeshift flag in one hand and a tiny African-American tot cradled in the other, stands heroically on the jacket of this handsome picture-book biography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"A stirring life story recounted in straightforward, serviceable prose."
Biography of the disabled Irish artist and author whose life story inspired the Oscar-winning film My Left Foot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BASIC BROWN by Willie Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"The scattershot narrative, breakneck gallop through topics large and small, seductive name-dropping and, above all, Brown's impregnable self-confidence add up to what feels like a genuine encounter with an unforgettable character."
The legendary California politician and power broker struts his stuff. Read full book review >

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MOLLY BROWN by Kristen Iversen
NON-FICTION
Released: July 5, 1999

"A pastiche of reminiscences and newspaper clippings that tries to set the record straight and certainly suggests that, as important as the myth of the golden-hearted Western girl may be, the real Margaret was far more interesting than the cinematic versions. (b&w photos, not seen)"
The real Margaret (she was never called Molly) Brown revealed in a biography long on both dramatic reconstructions of the Titanic disaster and mundane family scrapbooks. Read full book review >

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JOHN BROWN by Gwen Everett
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 1993

It takes searching through three notes—by the chief historian at Harper's Ferry, a curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts (which owns the art), and the editor—plus what seem to be the 1941 paintings' original titles (listed in the back; year given only in jacket copy) to piece together the bases of this powerful presentation. Read full book review >