Search Results: "Jeffrey Renard Allen"


BOOK REVIEW

RAILS UNDER MY BACK by Jeffrey Renard Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Allen worked eight years on this novel, and the result is a very impressive creation: the work of an unusually gifted, disciplined, and more than promising writer."
A powerful first novel that uses the railroad as a complex metaphor—of hopeful reunion but also of separation and dispersal—in telling the multi-generational stories of two closely related black American families. Read full book review >

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HOLDING PATTERN by Jeffery Renard Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A striking talent ill at ease with the short-story form."
The lives of black Americans, shadowed by the surreal and shot through with violence, are the focus in these ten stories from poet and novelist Allen (Rails Under My Back, 2000). Read full book review >

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SONG OF THE SHANK by Jeffery Renard Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2014

"If there's any justice, Allen's visionary work, as startlingly inventive as one of his subject's performances, should propel him to the front rank of American novelists."
One of America's most gifted novelists projects dark and daring speculations upon the incredible-but-true 19th-century story of a child piano prodigy who was blind, autistic and a slave. Read full book review >

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LUMBERJANES TO THE MAX
by Julie Danielson

Have you heard the happy Lumberjanes news? Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! is on shelves now from New York Times bestselling author Mariko Tamaki. She has adapted the comic book series to novel format for middle-grade readers, complete with spot illustrations from Brooke Allen. I chatted, very briefly, with Tamaki, who is excited about this new project. But then, for the love ...


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JOSEPH FINK & JEFFREY CRANOR
by Clayton Moore

Writing a second novel set in the weird world of Welcome to Night Vale was something of a litmus test for authors Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, reached by Kirkus separately by phone on the eve of their European tour. The new novel, It Devours! follows up their debut novel Welcome to Night Vale; it’s a thriller that Kirkus calls ...


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THE SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY BOOKS EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT IN APRIL
by John DeNardo

April is bringing a whole new enticing batch of science fiction and fantasy books that will stretch your imagination. Here's a selection of the ones that will be generating the most buzz. You'll find fallen angels, Death's assistant, human refugees in space, a revolution against the One Percent, matriarchal lunar colonies, giant robots, genetic thrills, biotech-weird, and ...


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FINDING LOVE IN UNEXPECTED PLACES
by Bobbi Dumas

One of the great wonders of the Internet is meeting new friends and discovering people who love the same books you do. (This has been especially empowering for people who read romance, hasn’t it? Since so often the people in our everyday lives emphatically do not read romance and are only to happy to let us know this.)

For me ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ITSY MITSY RUNS AWAY by Elanna Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2011

"The irresistible tug of clever language combines with visual pizzazz to make this runaway story a runaway hit. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Itsy Mitsy may be teeny tiny, but she has BIG issues with bedtime. Read full book review >

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ERIKA-SAN by Allen Say
by Allen Say, illustrated by Allen Say
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 26, 2009

"Expert angles and a touching sense of stillness make this piece visually masterful even while conceptually disquieting. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Say's hallmark watercolors, beautifully composed and superbly detailed, illustrate this slightly unsettling shift of homeland. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"This inspiring account of caring for a loved one with a brain injury will help guide anyone in a similar situation."
One couple's tale of struggle and ultimate triumph over a debilitating brain injury as relayed by both patient and caregiver. Read full book review >

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THE HAIR SCARE by Jeffrey Fisher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Ending in mid-thought with an ellipse, this is likely to engender little response in readers beyond wild gusts of indifference. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Setting a new standard for inane self-indulgence, this aimless, incomprehensible effort from a graphic designer pairs an opaque plot to postmodern illustrations constructed, seemingly, from feathers and finger-paints. Read full book review >

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THE STONE COLD AGE by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Captivated kids will be happy to see that Book 3 is on its way. (Graphic historical fiction. 9-12)"
Neanderthal siblings return for a blustery infoventure in the Ice Age. Read full book review >