Search Results: "Janisse Ray"


BOOK REVIEW

WILD CARD QUILT by Janisse Ray
NON-FICTION
Released: May 22, 2003

"Though it ends with a grace note as her mother and father sow their land with longleaf, in essence it's an elegy for a ravaged place without a needle to its compass."
Evocative observations about her return to the southern family farm in an attempt to gather fragments and make her life whole. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Recommended for experienced gardeners—guerrilla or otherwise—and novices searching for alternatives to processed, corporatized food."
A naturalist's rally for the preservation of heirloom seeds amid the agricultural industry's increasing monoculture. Read full book review >

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ECOLOGY OF A CRACKER CHILDHOOD by Janisse Ray
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 1999

"Own it she does, with a gutsy, wholly original memoir of ragged grace and raw beauty."
Ray's redemptive story of an impoverished childhood brings to mind the novels of Dorothy Allison and the nature writing of Amy Blackmarr, but the stunning voice and vision are hers alone. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAY CHARLES by Michael Lydon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 1999

"Ironically, Lydon notes that the autobiography has 'only one fully fleshed-out character: Brother Ray'; the same could be said for his own work. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A disappointingly superficial account of the life of one of popular music's elder statesmen. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2011

"The sad story, well and respectfully told, of an American original struggling with procrustean politics, timorous producers and personal demons."
A veteran biographer of film legends records the sad career arc of Nicholas Ray (1911-1979), the director of one of Hollywood's most iconic films, Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Read full book review >

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ARMADILLO RAY by John Beifuss
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"In his first book, Beifuss's text is somewhat wordy, but its point is simple and accessible, its protagonist endearing, and the vibrancy of the illustrations silences debate over minor details. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Readers will be drawn here first to newcomer Turley's paintings: oil pastels more dazzling than Mexican folk art that depict a stylized southwestern landscape. Read full book review >

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PANDA RAY by Michael Kandel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1996

"Stanislaw Lem."
Formidably weird fantasy about the process of growing up, from an author perhaps best known for his resplendent translations of Stanislaw Lem. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 25, 2011

"For teenagers with OCD and their loved ones, this one-of-a-kind book provides useful answers and heartfelt encouragement."
A pertinent question-and-answer guide to obsessive-compulsive disorder for teenagers by a teenager. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAY & JOAN by Lisa Napoli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A book characterized by deep research and a seamless weaving together of the details of different lives."
A dual biography of the man who made McDonald's ubiquitous and his third wife, who, after his death, spent the last two decades of her life becoming one of most generous philanthropists in American history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

X-RAY by Ray Davies
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 1995

"An overweening but entertaining mess."
The genius behind the Kinks escorts a fictional interlocutor through the first three decades of his life, with much of the perversity, charm, and uneasy wit of his most ambitious lyrics. Read full book review >