Search Results: "Jenny Offill"


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DEPT. OF SPECULATION by Jenny Offill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"There are moments of literary experimentation worthy of Virginia Woolf here, but in the end, this reads more like notes for a novel than a novel itself."
Scenes from a marriage, sometimes lyrical, sometimes philosophically rich, sometimes just puzzling. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 2005

"A book to savor, despite its imperfections. But think twice before giving it to your best friend."
Offill (Last Things, 1999) and Schappell (Use Me, 2000) address the timeless topic of women's friendships from an innovative vantage point. Read full book review >

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11 EXPERIMENTS THAT FAILED by Jenny Offill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Go ahead, break a few dishes in the washing machine, see the humor and enjoy this fine poke at every science fair that ever was. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What would happen if a stand-up comedian—a good stand-up comedian, like Robin Williams or George Carlin (minus those seven famous words)—were to choose the question for a science experiment? This, in these pages, is what would happen. Read full book review >

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WHILE YOU WERE NAPPING by Jenny Offill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Beware the power of older siblings! (Picture book. 5-8)"
A wickedly naughty big sister recounts all the fun her brother misses while he's napping. Read full book review >

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SPARKY! by Jenny Offill
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"A serene, funny addition to the new-pet genre. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Quietly dry humor marks this story about a most unusual pet. Read full book review >

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17 THINGS I’M NOT ALLOWED TO DO ANYMORE by Jenny Offill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Some readers may find this young envelope-pusher entertainingly spirited, but there are sure to be those who are going to balk at the notion of pretending to be sorry and having it work. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A lass tallies her pranks and ensuing punishments in this Judith Viorst-like plaint. Read full book review >

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JUMPING JENNY by Ellen Bari
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Bari's story of one girl's approach to the Jewish principle of 'tikkun olam' (literally, 'repair the world') will resonate as readers watch Jenny achieve her exhausting, triumphant success. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little girl channels her exuberance and excessive pogo-stick jumping into a worthy fundraising venture. Read full book review >

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SPINNING JENNY by Sylvia Ann McLain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2017

"A strong, often poignant illustration of slavery's destructiveness."
McLain's character-driven debut historical novel blends a tale of ill-fated love with a scathing indictment of slavery. Read full book review >

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CREEPING JENNY by John Sherwood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"A prologue compares the snubbing of a local absentee squire to the anger of Achilles—an ironic but apt figure for the hyperinflation of village minutiae in this most British puzzler."
Yet another trip down the Miss Marple trail (her own phrase) for Celia Grant of Archerscroft Nurseries (The Hanging Garden, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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JUMPING JENNY by Bonnie Pryor
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7- 11)"
Jenny's first weeks of kindergarten are full of challenges and disappointments. Read full book review >

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PRICKLY JENNY by Sibylle Delacroix
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2015

"With its small trim size, this empathetic offering might be just the thing for little ones to take off by themselves when they're feeling prickly. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A girl is in low spirits all day. Read full book review >