Search Results: "Janis Stout"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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less dramatic and emotionally raw, than Myra Friedman's bestselling Buried Alive (1973)—and includes the rock star's unpublished letters home, more revealing for Janis's aren't-you-proud-of-me?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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WILLA CATHER by Janis P. Stout
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Stout proves that Cather's work is more complicated and contradictory than it may seem, but her densely wrought exegeses and lack of strong biographical detail leave her subject as dry and dusty as the landscape Cather loved. (28 b&w photos)"
An intense scholarly analysis attempts to show that Pulitzer-winning Cather was far more than just a storyteller of the prairies. 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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THE ADVENTURES OF STOUT MAMA by Sibyl James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 1993

"Tiny tidbits, by turns genuinely charming and painfully cute. (First printing of 10,000)"
The author of In China with Harpo and Karl (1990), among others, offers 45 sporadically humorous accounts of the life of Stout Mama—an academic in her 40s and James's self-professed alter ego. Read full book review >

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THE SELECTED LETTERS OF WILLA CATHER by Willa Cather
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2013

"A splendidly edited, generous gift to lovers of Cather and American literature."
A revealing, even revelatory collection of correspondence from Willa Cather (1873-1947), a woman who never wanted her letters made public. 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 >

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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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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EXERCISE IS MURDER by Janis Patterson
Released: Nov. 14, 2012

"Though mystery mavens will be quick to spot the pivotal clue needed to solve the case, the first in Patterson's planned series offers distinct possibilities for developing several interesting characters."
An exclusive Dallas apartment complex seems an unlikely spot for a series of brutal murders. Read full book review >

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SHE WAS by Janis Hallowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"An engaging, if a bit too open-ended story about the consequences of actions."
Hallowell (The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn, 2004) weaves together the past and present in the story of a Vietnam protestor. Read full book review >