Search Results: "Jay Farrar"


BOOK REVIEW

JAY by Jay Reed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2016

"An account that rushes too quickly from one memory to the next without allowing a scene's potential to develop fully."
A debut memoir focuses on a rural childhood and adventurous self-discovery. Read full book review >

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FALLING CARS AND JUNKYARD DOGS by Jay Farrar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 2013

"Not particularly well-written or elegant, but it provides some illumination of the creative mind of a very private artist."
A slim, sketchy, not-quite memoir that defies categorization but plainly comes from a personal place within its musician author. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Now, writing with Miller, he shares the secrets of his inspirations and creations. (Abrams; $35.00; Oct.; 160 pages; ISBN 0-8109-3579-1; color and b&w photos)"
If you're just a little bored with Tiffany's (a girl can use only so many tasteful diamonds, after all), here's a change: Kenneth Jay Lane: Faking It, the fabulous faker's tribute to himself and his 30-years-plus as a creator of wildly imaginative costume jewelry. Read full book review >

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BLUE JAY GIRL by Sylvia Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"An appealing window into a long-ago world. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Because her friends' parents think her dangerous, nine-year-old Blue Jay Girl tries to change her nature to that of a careful quail, but the tribal healer and her husband help her adopt careful ways without sacrificing her boldness. Read full book review >

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JABBER THE STELLER'S JAY by Sylvester Allred
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A well-intentioned effort that fails to take flight. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
The first year in the life of a Steller's jay is recounted, with a focus on the Southwest ponderosa pine forest and other animals that live there. Read full book review >

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ALAN JAY LERNER by Edward Jablonski
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 9, 1996

"However, he relies on the standard literature in retelling Lerner's life, barely moving beyond a handful of well-known sources for further insights. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
Serviceable biography of a noted Broadway and film lyricist/librettist. Read full book review >

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THE EDUMACATION OF JAY BAKER by Jay Clark
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"Restraint would have been the better part of valor here. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A sardonic teen must balance life, love and irritable bowel syndrome in this strained middle-class comedy of manners. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 26, 1995

"A welcome, hefty collection of an American original's finest writing."
From veteran Friedman—prolific short-fiction writer and novelist (Let's Hear It for a Beautiful Guy, The Current Climate, etc.), as well as playwright and screenwriter—comes this collection of 40-plus disparate and darkly humorous tales. Read full book review >

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JAY VERSUS THE SAXOPHONE OF DOOM by Kara Kootstra
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Orr's afterword has the final words—on passion, struggle, respect—qualities Kootstra has spun into her story with understated dexterity. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Kootstra manages to breed a saxophone to a hockey stick and produce one sweet boy. Read full book review >

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SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS' ALL-TIME GREATEST HITS by Mark Binelli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"This dreamlike album of real and imagined scenes from a complex artist's memory bank is as flamboyant a display of light and shadow as one of Hawkins' stage shows."
The sometimes-murky details behind a rhythm-and-blues legend are transformed by dark magic and even darker comedy into an eccentric mélange of imaginative speculation and cultural criticism. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Exhaustively overworked, yet provides essential closure."
Sprawling, sensational case history of an innocent man's conviction and unprecedented exoneration. Read full book review >

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ALLEN JAY AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Marlene Targ Brill
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1993

"Note; afterword. (Nonfiction/Easy reader. 5-10)"
In the ``On My Own'' series, a straightforward story based on a childhood incident recorded in Jay's autobiography. Read full book review >