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 >

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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

BE BROWN! by Barbara Bottner
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Still, as a first outing for a new reader, this commands attention. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bottner's simple tale concerns a young boy with a need to control. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EMMA BROWN by Clare Boylan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2004

"Bold and engrossing—but not, in the final analysis, especially convincing."
A vigorously detailed homage to a great 19th-century writer yields mixed results, in Irish author Boylan's unusual eighth novel (following Beloved Strangers, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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WILLIE BROWN by James Richardson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"This is a must-read for anyone interested in recent California history or in politics as sport. (24 b&w photos, not seen)"
An informed and entertaining biography of the San Francisco mayor and longtime speaker of the California State Assembly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BROWN DOG by Jim Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Rollicking, expertly observed, beautifully written. Any new book by Harrison is cause for joy, and having all the Brown Dog stories in one place is no exception."
Pity poor Brown Dog, the Everyman of the North Woods, whose luck would be nonexistent were it not bad. Read full book review >

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TIETAM BROWN by Mick Foley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2003

"A body slam of a book that's nowhere near as powerful and decisive as it means to be."
An engaging protagonist and a lively style aren't enough to salvage this over-the-top first novel by the former champion pro wrestler (Foley Is Good, not reviewed; etc.). Read full book review >