Search Results: "Jean Thompson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HUMANITY PROJECT by Jean Thompson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 2013

"A rare case of a novel getting it both ways: A formal, tightly constructed narrative that accommodates the mess of everyday lives."
Seemingly everybody on the class ladder scrabbles for a definition of human decency in the latest from Thompson (The Year We Left Home, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE WITCH by Jean Thompson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 2014

"Still, the best stories are entertainingly inventive, doing more than just transposing contemporary characters onto familiar tales."
Fairy tales and folklore get clever modern realist rewrites from National Book Award finalist Thompson (The Humanity Project, 2013; The Year We Left Home, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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DO NOT DENY ME by Jean Thompson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"Wonderful work from a contemporary master of scrupulous observation, plain statement and unvarnished common sense."
The experiences of ordinary people making their claims to be understood and respected are precisely depicted in this fifth collection from the increasingly accomplished Thompson (Throw Like a Girl, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE YEAR WE LEFT HOME by Jean Thompson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"A masterful wide-angle portrait of an Iowa family over three decades."
In Thompson's unforgettable, offbeat novel, an extended Iowa family struggles for emotional and economic stability over three decades, beginning with a modest Lutheran wedding in 1983 and ending with a bittersweet homecoming. Read full book review >

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SHE POURED OUT HER HEART by Jean Thompson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"An overly domesticated marriage-gone-bad story."
A woman discovers her husband is having an affair with her old college roommate. Can this marriage—kids, depression, and all—be saved? Read full book review >

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SPACE DUMPLINS by Craig Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A weird and wonderful intergalactic tale. (Graphic science fiction. 7-12)"
In a galaxy far, far away, a young girl and her motley crew of friends fight to save her father and the solar system from a destructive fleet of space whales. Read full book review >

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BLANKIES by Carol Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"The cozy experience of love within these pages is palpable. (Board book. 1-2)"
A hymn of praise to a variety of blankies and security objects. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2012

"A broadly appealing mix of the tragic and droll, comforting, disturbing, exotic and universal, with nary a clinker in the bunch. (glossary) (Short stories. 11-13)"
A big but consistently engaging pro bono anthology of authors with direct or indirect Japanese "heritage or experience." Read full book review >

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FALLING ANGELS by Colin Thompson
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"The story works on several levels, but it is the fascinating pictures that will have young readers and listeners asking to see it again and again. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A gentle fantasy about seeing with your heart as well as your eyes. Read full book review >

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SUNRISE, MOONRISE by Betsy Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A handsome mixed bag. (Board-book. 1-3)"
From morning to night, various forest creatures cavort in idyllic scenes. Read full book review >

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THE PARADISE GARDEN by Colin Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Not all children will know how to take their futures in hand as Peter does, but the knowledge that they can try resides within these illuminating pages. (Picture book. 8-13)"
Thompson (Tower to the Sun, 1997, etc.) spins elements not so much of escape as solace in his story of a boy who flees the rattle and nonsense of his home life for the pastoral confines of an apparently endless city park. Read full book review >