Search Results: "Jennifer Niven"


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ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Many teen novels touch on similar themes, but few do it so memorably. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Two struggling teens develop an unlikely relationship in a moving exploration of grief, suicide and young love. Read full book review >

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HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE by Jennifer Niven
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"More a story about falling in love with yourself than with a romantic interest, this novel will resonate with all readers who've struggled to love themselves. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Love blooms between two teens—a white girl who refuses to be judged and a biracial boy who hides himself from judgment. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 12, 2003

"The hard challenge that defeats Niven: making an exciting story when morbidity and cheap behavior are the main ingredients. (16 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
The grim tale of an Arctic expedition that had "doomed" stamped on it from the start, told (at times over-told) by Niven (The Ice Master, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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RAINBOW MARS by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 19, 1999

"A brilliantly conceived, funny, exciting, nail-biting, heart-warming jaunt through weird and wonderful histories that never were."
Almost 30 years ago, Niven (the splendid Destiny's Road, 1997, etc.) wrote a handful of stories featuring Hanville Svetz of the Institute for Temporal Research. Read full book review >

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CARL SANDBURG by Penelope Niven
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 1991

Sandburg's long life (1878-1967) illustrates the great American success story: Emerging from an austere Swedish immigrant background, through work, discipline, clean living, and high thinking he achieved fame, love, power, and money, and was identified at his death, at age 89, with the voice of America. Read full book review >

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ALL THE DAYS AND NIGHTS by Niven Govinden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"A pretentious novel designed to show off the author's florid prose in lieu of telling a story."
A dying artist meditates on the art of portraiture in the absence of her most famous subject: her husband. Read full book review >

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THORNTON WILDER by Penelope Niven
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Although at times overwhelmed by her own research, Niven creates a perceptive, indispensable portrait of a productive and restlessly intellectual life."
A satisfying and insightful, if overlong, picture of a solitary writer who never stopped being a family man. Read full book review >

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STEICHEN by Penelope Niven
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Highly informative, and an absolute necessity for understanding the development of photography as an art form in the first half of this century. (50 b&w photos, not seen)"
While working on her well-received biography of Carl Sandburg (1991), Niven became fascinated by the poet's brother-in-law, the pioneering photographer Edward Steichen (18791973). Read full book review >

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RINGWORLD’S CHILDREN by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2004

"An involving and engrossing addition to one of science fiction's grand sagas."
The fourth and seemingly last visit to Niven's spectacular ring-shaped space habitat (The Ringworld Throne, 1996, etc.), whose livable surface area is three million times that of planet Earth. Read full book review >

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IT'S NOT ABOUT THE SHARK by David Niven
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A smooth repackaging of how to think outside the box but offering little heft and nothing new."
Niven (100 Simple Secrets series) suggests that we right the rules of the game and not let our problems command the playing field. Read full book review >

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SALMON P. CHASE by John Niven
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"With its thorough research and fine writing, this volume surpasses the high standard Niven set for himself in his biography of Van Buren."
An absorbing political and legal biography of a complicated and important figure of the 19th century. Read full book review >