Search Results: "Jennifer Finney Boylan"


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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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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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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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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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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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LITTLE LOUIE by Kathryn Finney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"The story and theme have been done many times before and with much more success. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little dog learns how to be himself. Read full book review >

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GLORIANA’S TORCH by Patricia Finney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Ambitious, engrossing, full of melodramatic thunder."
A richly imagined answer to a vexing question: Why did the mighty ships of the Spanish Armada fail in their mission? Read full book review >

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WORDS OF MY ROARING by Ernest J. Finney
Released: July 2, 1993

"Still, a readable tale of life at home during the Big One."
A sweeping old-fashioned novel that ambitiously explores an unfamiliar theme—life in wartime California—with sometimes too much corroborative detail. Read full book review >

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THE FIREDRAKE'S EYE by Patricia Finney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"In all: just fine. (And there's an invaluable list of characters with real personages starred.)"
By the author of two superior adventures set in Roman Britain (A Shadow of Gulls, 1977; The Crow Goddess, 1979), a splendid Elizabethan cat-and-mouse, spy-and-chase tale based on real events of 1583, and featuring dazzling, death-teasing principals surrounding a Spanish plot to assassinate Elizabeth I. Spies and counterspies, warriors, poets and poet madmen, pawns and populace- -all speak here in a diction remarkably echoing with the flavor of an earlier English—gamy, efficient, unobtrusive, unblemished by sprinklings of ``i` faith'' or other cribbings from the Bard. Read full book review >