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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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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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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MURDER SETS SEED by Janis Harrison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A hearty dose of reality would help ground this fanciful, often intriguing mix."
A second chapter in the life of widowed Bretta Solomon (Roots of Murder, 1999), who owns a florist shop in River City, Missouri. Read full book review >

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THE ANNUNCIATION OF FRANCESCA DUNN by Janis Hallowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2004

"Though her story and characters are both sometimes labored and her writing stilted, there's a lot to admire in the complexity of the issues Hallowell raises—and in her lack of easy answers."
Ambitious first novel examines the power of faith—and its dangers. 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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EXCUSE ME FOR ASKING by Janis Arnold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Short story material padded with minutiae to create a novel."
People live, die, and do various other things in between in this tedious and too long second novel by the author of Daughters of Memory (1991). Read full book review >

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REAP A WICKED HARVEST by Janis Harrison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 20, 2004

"Harrison keeps her eyes on the prize as she plants a touch of romance in a clever and well-clued puzzle."
Bretta Solomon discovers that even the most careful gardener can't avoid the occasional weed when her father finds a corpse planted among the verbena at the Parker Wholesale Greenhouse. Read full book review >

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LILIES THAT FESTER by Janis Harrison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

"Harrison maintains her strong ear, but her emphasis on Bailey's and Bretta's will-he-or won't-he romance blows the relatively frail mystery away."
Amid the bouquets at the first annual Show-Me Floral Designers' Competition and Conference, in Branson, Missouri, are two very special blossoms. 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 >