Search Results: "Janis Owens"


BOOK REVIEW

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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MY BROTHER MICHAEL by Janis Owens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"A bit too schematic, but a refreshingly different take on fraternal rivalry."
A luminously written first novel that celebrates—not always convincingly—a surviving sibling's redemption and gratitude. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN GHOST by Janis Owens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"A skillfully written, well-researched book."
Owens brings a dark period of history to light in a book about Southern allegiances, racial tensions and shameful acts. Read full book review >

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MYRA SIMS by Janis Owens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"A wryly sweet if underwhelming down-home saga."
Complementing the story told by Gabe Catts in the author's much-praised first novel, My Brother Michael (1997), comes the tale of Myra Sims, an abused young woman. Read full book review >

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JESSE OWENS by Carole Boston Weatherford
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Perfunctory reading list appended. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
This soaring tribute to Owens reserves biographical details for the afterword, focusing instead on his Olympics experience from arrival in Berlin to triumphant ticker-tape parade back in New York. 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less dramatic and emotionally raw, than Myra Friedman's bestselling Buried Alive (1973)—and includes the rock star's unpublished letters home, more revealing for Janis's aren't-you-proud-of-me?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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BUCK OWENS by Eileen Sisk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"A tough but fair portrait of Owens's three faces: talented musician, genius businessman and despicable creep."
Unsparing tell-all biography of country-music icon Buck Owens (1929-2006). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Rich historical context, fully realized characters, great baseball action, and trademark Myers humor combine to make this one a homerun. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Biddy Owens, 17, "equipment manager, scorekeeper, errand boy, and sometimes right fielder" for the Birmingham Black Barons, narrates in diary form the twilight time of the Negro Leagues. 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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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Another seemingly clear-cut victory for the tireless defenders of wildlife, who tell a lively tale tinged with that smugness typical of Western conservationists who expect the impossible of poor Africa. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
From the couple who publicized the plight of the wildebeest in the Kalahari (Cry of the Kalahari, 1984)—a further search for a wilderness paradise in Africa, pitting the energetic duo against elephant poachers in northern Zambia. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 24, 2006

"A stirring account by two dedicated and courageous conservationists."
Bittersweet sequel to The Eye of the Elephant (1993), chronicling the authors' efforts to eliminate elephant poaching in Zambia. Read full book review >