Search Results: "Janis Owens"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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 >

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NOT WORKING by Lisa Owens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"While her privilege never quite catches up with her, this hapless protagonist will leave younger readers laughing—and wincing—in recognition."
In Owens' rollicking debut novel, an indecisive millennial wallows in "voluntary unemployment," trying the patience of everyone around her. Read full book review >

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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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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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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 >

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SOCIETY’S CHILD by Janis Ian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2008

"Downbeat yet oddly rollicking and compulsively readable."
The sad life and hard times of the queen of mopey folk. Read full book review >

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LOVING AMY by Janis Winehouse
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Although this book may help others going through the heartbreak of addiction, readers may wonder whether it is helpful to the legacy of Amy Winehouse herself."
Winehouse's candid memoir of life with her award-winning, bestselling, hugely talented, and desperately troubled daughter, Amy Winehouse (1983-2011). Read full book review >

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A DEADLY BOUQUET by Janis Harrison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 16, 2002

"The complexities of her budding relationships with Bailey and her dad still don't eclipse Bretta's skills as a detective, or as a florist."
River City florist Bretta Solomon (Lilies That Fester, 2001, etc.) is stressed to the max. Read full book review >