Search Results: "Jess Walter"


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WALTER by Barbara Wersba
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"Funny and poignant by turns, here's a sweetly quirky love story of letters. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A small but very nearly perfect gem depicts the growing friendship between a literarily-minded rat and an aging author of children's books. Read full book review >

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THE ZERO by Jess Walter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"This is the breakout novel of a brave and talented young writer (Citizen Vance, 2005, etc.), though for some, it will seem so uncompromisingly chilling that it will be too much."
Five days after 9/11, Brian Remy, hero cop, first responder, wanders his city like a shell-shocked pilgrim in this brilliant tour-de-force that's as heartrending as it is harrowing. Read full book review >

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OVER TUMBLED GRAVES by Jess Walter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A well-executed tale from a journalist who serves the reader a nice variation on the Good Women, Hard Jobs, Tough Spots motif."
A Washington Post journalist (Every Knee Shall Bow, 1995, not reviewed) brings together a tight, well-researched, and satisfying first novel that follows the unexpected path of a serial killer in Spokane—and his heroine's attempts to keep up. Read full book review >

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CITIZEN VINCE by Jess Walter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 5, 2005

"Dispassionate and compassionate by turns, and always engrossing. Walter's best by far (Land of the Blind, 2003, etc.)."
A petty thief bucks one system to join another. Read full book review >

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LAND OF THE BLIND by Jess Walter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 18, 2003

"Walter renders his blind land with a clear-eyed, compassionate vision."
The confusions of youth shape tragic, unhappy lives in this somber, absorbing second novel. Read full book review >

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WE LIVE IN WATER by Jess Walter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"A witty and sobering snapshot of recession-era America."
The debut story collection from Walter proves he's as skilled at satire and class commentary in the short form as in his novels (Beautiful Ruins, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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BEAUTIFUL RUINS by Jess Walter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2012

"A superb romp."
Hollywood operators and creative washouts collide across five decades and two continents in a brilliant, madcap meditation on fate. Read full book review >

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THE FINANCIAL LIVES OF THE POETS by Jess Walter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Midlife crisis farce laced with some larger truths about how we live now."
Unemployed suburban dad teetering on the brink comes up with a high-risk, recession-proof way to get out of debt. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2008

"Able tribute to a boundary-smashing activist."
Compact, insightful biography seeks to restore the historical importance of the energetic, light-skinned NAACP secretary whose leadership laid the groundwork for the civil-rights movement. Read full book review >

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WALTER WAS WORRIED by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Opportunities for read-aloud interaction abound here; children may enjoy spelling out the face-words or discussing how they feel in different climatic scenarios, from puzzling fog to shocking lightning to frightening thunder. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Moods can change as quickly as the weather, and this innovative concept book cleverly illustrates the range and volatility of both. Read full book review >

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JESS WAS THE BRAVE ONE by Jean Little
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Told with vigor and gentle humor, an unusually fresh look at a perennially interesting theme. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Jess loves thunderstorms and can be counted on to take a strange dog in stride; her older sister Claire—blessed with what her dad terms ``an overactive imagination''—``bleats'' at a tree's windy heights and anticipates a shot as ``a dagger,'' not the ``mosquito bite'' the doctor promises. Read full book review >

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JESS AND THE STINKY COWBOYS by Janice Lee Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Young readers will be seeking sequels. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Deputy Jess and her aunt Gussy have been left in charge of Snake Gulch by Jess's father, the Sheriff. Read full book review >