Search Results: "Janice I. Meissner"


BOOK REVIEW

AMBER'S AMBITIONS by Janice I. Meissner
ROMANCE
Released: May 25, 2011

"Meissner attempts to create a believable, determined protagonist, but the lack of conflict and convenient plot devices keep Amber's tale from resonating."
A romance about a determined young woman and her life's goals. Read full book review >

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UNCLE JANICE by Matt Burgess
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Is it possible that Burgess is doing for Queens what Junot Diaz is doing for New Jersey? No easy answer just yet, but this novel will make you wait for one to show up."
The multicultural stew pot that is contemporary Queens is served up steaming in this pungently uproarious novel about a frenzied young policewoman advancing her career one drug buy at a time. Read full book review >

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THE RITES & WRONGS OF JANICE WILLS by Joanna Pearson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2011

"Serve to readers who like their chick lit with a side of humor. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Who better to study adolescent behavior than Janice Wills, a budding anthropologist and teenager herself? Read full book review >

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THE ROAD TO COSMOS by Bill Meissner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2006

"Unrelenting blandness dooms even the most eccentric of Meissner's characters."
A collection of memory pieces and character sketches rather than short stories, from a poet and author of the collection Hitting Into the Wind (1994). Read full book review >

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I, VIVALDI by Janice Shefelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A citation for a favored recording of 'The Four Seasons' and a few printed bars of 'Spring' close this fetching introduction to one of the great masters of the Baroque era. (historical note, glossary) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
Children are at least as likely to pore over the pictures as absorb the narrative in this first-person account of Vivaldi's youth and prime. Read full book review >

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IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA by W.W. Meissner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 1992

"An ambitious attempt to join the couch and the prie-dieu, this reveals much about the saint as a man, almost nothing about the man as a saint. (Twenty-four illustrations.)"
Far-reaching, sometimes far-fetched psychobiography of the Catholic mystic, saint, and founder of the Jesuits. Read full book review >

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“I” by Jack Olsen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2002

"True-crime entertainment at its best."
Veteran true-crime author Olsen (Hastened to the Grave, 1998, etc.) explores the crimes and motivations of a truck-stop murderer. Read full book review >

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STARS OVER SUNSET BOULEVARD by Susan Meissner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A lovely, well-crafted story that peeks at a fascinating moment in cinematic history and examines the power and vulnerability of sincere friendship."
Two women become friends while working at Selznick International Studios during the heady days of filming Gone With the Wind.Read full book review >

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HITTING INTO THE WIND by Bill Meissner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Some lovely writing, but monotonous."
Boys pitching balls in midwestern backyards, old farm-team players searching for ``lost'' balls in small-town fields, minor- league fielders ``waiting for the call''—these quintessentially American characters inhabit the 20-odd stories and sketches collected in this fiction debut by poet Meissner (The Sleepwalker's Son, etc.). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A memorable adventure, told with great immediacy. (timeline, author's notes, bibliography, resources) (Nonfiction. 11 & up)"
A remarkable collection of documents paints a picture of the Klondike gold rush in vivid detail. Read full book review >

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I SURVIVED THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG, 1863 by Lauren Tarshis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Sentimental of plotline but informative and breathlessly paced. (Q&A, annotated reading list) (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
The seventh (chronologically earliest) entry in the series pitches a young former slave into the middle of the Civil War's pivotal battle. Read full book review >