Search Results: "Janis Mackay"


BOOK REVIEW

MAGNUS FIN AND THE SELKIE SECRET by Janis Mackay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Readership may be limited to fans of the earlier Magnus Fin books and those enamored of under-the-sea adventures. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Magnus Fin, half-human, half-selkie, is thrilled when a sea storm washes up a box sure to contain riches. Read full book review >

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THE WEE SEAL by Janis Mackay
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"Sweet, though oddly mixed of message. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Simple line drawings with watercolor accompany this gentle tale of how young Jamie's awareness of the life cycle of a baby seal lying on the beach near the boy's home empowers him to turn back ignorant, potentially harmful tourists. Read full book review >

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LOVE, JANIS by Laura Joplin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A thorough, restrained account of an extraordinary rise and fall. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Joplin pens a bio of her legendary older sister that's more detailed and evenhanded, yet much less dramatic and emotionally raw, than Myra Friedman's bestselling Buried Alive (1973)—and includes the rock star's unpublished letters home, more revealing for Janis's aren't-you-proud-of-me? eagerness of tone than for their contents. Read full book review >

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JANIS JOPLIN by Ann Angel
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Young music buffs will gain an understanding of Joplin's place in pop culture and how, even with her career cut short, she paved the way for today's female rock musicians. (Biography. 14 & up)"
At the time when wholesome singers like Debbie Boone were on the radio, girls from Janis Joplin's hometown of Port Arthur, Texas, were expected to marry their high-school boyfriends. Read full book review >

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ON THE ROAD WITH JANIS JOPLIN by John Byrne Cooke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Significant for ardent devotees of Joplin; less than essential for others."
A memoir of the author's time working for the spellbinding Janis Joplin. Read full book review >

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DREAMS OF DEAD WOMEN'S HANDBAGS by Shena Mackay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Much good writing, but not enough to make these tales of the down and out transcend schematic plotting and overworked emotions."
From British writer Mackay (Dunedin, 1993, etc.), an uneven collection of short stories that graphically expose the cruel realities of daily life. Read full book review >

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COLD COMFORT by Scott Mackay
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"A debut to cheer."
Hard times for the Metro Toronto Police Force: Hamstrung by spiraling crime rates and salaries as frozen as the February weather, and threatened now with an 18% staffing cut, they're under pressure to clear every case within 48 hours. Read full book review >

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OUTPOST by Scott Mackay
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 11, 1998

"An intriguing puzzle scenario and tense prison action subsiding into glutinously overelaborate, unconvincing explanations: worth trying, but don't expect to escape unscathed."
First science-fiction novel from the Canadian author of A Friend in Barcelona (not reviewed). Read full book review >

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MICHAEL COLLINS by James Mackay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"Despite minor shortcomings, this is the best life of Collins now available, published just in time to coincide with Neil Jordan's film Michael Collins, with Liam Neeson in the lead role."
A stirring, comprehensive life of the great Irish patriot. ``If you think you understand what's going on, you're just confused,'' says a graffito current in Belfast. Read full book review >

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BINDWEED by Janis Harrison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 5, 2005

"Intricately interlaced clues make Harrison's latest a real page-turner, marred only by a lackluster ending."
A small-town florist must dig deeper than ever to discover who killed a mentally challenged young man, and why. Read full book review >

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THE SCHOOLING OF CLAYBIRD CATTS by Janis Owens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2003

"Warm and affirming, yes, though Clayton still stretches the credulity."
Owens's third about the Sims and Catts family of north Florida (Myra Sims, 1999, etc.) can too often seem a reworking of its two predecessors. Read full book review >

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HOME TRUTH by Janis Stout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1992

"Stout fails to invest the mightily handicapped Lisbeth with the smallest spark of humanity, creating a dreary, instead of moving, book."
Less a novel than a case study about a dysfunctional Texas family, Stout's latest (A Family Likeness, Eighteen Holes—not reviewed) probes the resentments and fears of a young Texas woman whose wounded feelings force her to play the martyr with her selfish husband and her blind and retarded sister. Read full book review >