Search Results: "Jennifer Finney Boylan"


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LONG BLACK VEIL by Jennifer Finney Boylan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Smart ideas, great characters, shaky storytelling."
A return to fiction by the author of Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders (2013) and She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders (2003). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2008

"A lovely, heartening piece of work."
Growing up in a haunted house while inhabiting the wrong body. Read full book review >

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STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU by Jennifer Finney Boylan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 23, 2013

"Genuinely insightful through and through—a must-read for anyone interested in the trans experience."
The warm, engaging memoir about how a transsexual woman and her family came to terms with her transition from male to female. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2011

"Goofy, overenthusiastic nonsense with just enough rambling plot to hold it all together. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Falcon Quinn returns to another exclamation mark-laden year at a school where nobody understands him, the poor little angel—literally. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Despite too many corny jokes and a disjointed plot laden with continuity inconsistencies, the set dressing of this stock piece is packed with enough monstrous silliness—Frankenstein haiku, a loudmouth flying chupacabra, Destynee the giant slug—to keep readers giggling. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Falcon Quinn, a poor 13-year-old with different-colored eyes, has no friends beyond adorable-and-tragic Megan and the six-foot-tall seventh grader Max. Read full book review >

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SHE’S NOT THERE by Jennifer Finney Boylan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Serious, real, funny. Told so disarmingly that it's strong enough to defang a taboo. (Photographs)"
The limpid, soul-rich story of novelist James Boylan (Getting In, 1998, etc.) becoming Jennifer Boylan. Read full book review >

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GETTING IN by James Finney Boylan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Despite some genuine humor—particularly during the interviews themselves—Boylan's uninspired creation suffers from another symptom of creative fatigue: improbably tidy resolutions of the half-dozen, imprecisely explored anxieties that salt the proceeding."
In a novel so light it threatens to drift free of the reader's imagination with the first decent rerun of The Paper Chase, Boylan (The Planets, 1991; The Constellation, 1994) has contrived a fiction lacking in the richness of plot that made his earlier work such a hoot yet neglects to supply the compensations of well-developed characters, whose maturation is the theme here. Read full book review >

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THE CONSTELLATIONS by James Finney Boylan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

The promised sequel to The Planets, Boylan's 1991 saga of the sociopathic human menagerie of Centralia, Pa.—the town that sits atop a mine fire that's smoldered out of control since 1962—is just as mad, though by no means as magical. ``I wish you wanted me,'' unlovely teen Phoebe Harrison tells her long-deserted mother in a typed note she forgetfully leaves behind en route to the tattoo parlor one summer day. Read full book review >

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JENNIFER GOVERNMENT by Max Barry
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"It's Catch-22 by way of The Matrix."
Bubblegum pop-future comedy in which corporations go to war like feudal fiefdoms. Read full book review >

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JENNIFER, TOO by Juanita Havill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"The perky, realistic dialogue, lively b&w art, and assertive protagonist will all appeal to other young feminists, and to boys with older sibs, too. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The author of the popular Jamaica books offers three easy chapters about a cheerful child edging her way into her big brother's games with his friends. Read full book review >

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JENNIFER MURDLEY'S TOAD by Bruce Coville
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Snagged immediately with ``If Jennifer Murdley hadn't been forced to wear her brother's underpants to school, the whole thing might never have happened,'' readers will find this latest escapade featuring Mr. S. H. Elives and his quirky magic-shop endlessly funny. Read full book review >

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JENNIFER, GWYNETH & ME by Rachel Bertsche
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2014

"A gratuitous work of celebrity worship."
One writer's attempt to "celebrify" her life by following the examples of today's leading ladies in pop culture. Read full book review >