Search Results: "Jessica Abel"


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LA PERDIDA by Jessica Abel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2006

"An emotional, beautifully crafted odyssey that not only utilizes but transcends both navel-gazing self-discovery and backpackers-in-peril clichés."
Nice Chicago girl goes to Mexico City and ends up with far more than she can handle. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 2008

"A valuable resource for all interested in the field and a natural companion to Scott McCloud's quintessential texts Understanding Comics and Reinventing Comics. (appendices, index, bibliography) (Nonfiction. YA & adult)"
Smartly designed and easy to understand, Abel and Madden's text is an edifying course in creating comics. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2013 by Jeff Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"At its best, a gorgeous, glorious inferno of imagination; at its worst, great art."
The eighth volume of the series collects 30 examples of graphic storytelling—either in whole or as excerpts—from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, minicomics and Web comics. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A spirited work whose readership should not be limited to those who make radio narrative or love to listen to it."
A richly engaging graphic narrative about radio storytelling and storytelling in general. Read full book review >

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TRISH TRASH ROLLERGIRL OF MARS by Jessica Abel
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"It's a bit too ambitious, but readers should find it intriguing enough to be hopeful about subsequent volumes. (Graphic science fiction. 12 & up)"
Living on Mars, an adolescent girl dreams of leaving her farm and joining the hoverderby. Read full book review >

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THE BLUE WALL by Kenneth Abel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1996

"A bravura performance from the immensely talented Abel."
Another bleak but absorbing roman noir from Abel (Bait, 1994), a wintry tale set in and around the New York Police Department. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 26, 1997

"Harsh and gentle, intimate and public, these sparkling observations of human nature and values resonate with that spirit which cannot be beaten or starved out of us."
An unusually probing, sensitive, and eloquent diary of incarceration at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Read full book review >

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JESSICA B. HARRIS
by Maya Payne Smart

Scenic and engaging, My Soul Looks Back recounts the years author Jessica B. Harris spent on the periphery of a circle of friends that included literary powerhouses James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison. The memoir spans the globe and several decades to describe the fascinating group.

Harris was in a relationship with Baldwin’s close friend Samuel Clemens Floyd III ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SHARK DETECTIVE! by Jessica Olien
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Many readers will demand further adventures—or imagine them for themselves. The last page will get them started. Spoiler alert: the cat's name is Watson. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The moral of this story is: dreams can come true. Read full book review >

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GRANDMA by Jessica Shepherd
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2014

"Though it lacks the artistry of Mem Fox and Julie Viva's Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge (1989), it has a useful charm. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A little boy adjusts to changes as his beloved grandmother ages and becomes infirm. Read full book review >

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FOXY! by Jessica Souhami
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"A clear and humorous trickster tale for the youngest readers—a treat. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
An excellent spin on a familiar trickster story. Read full book review >

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THE BOY IN THE OAK by Jessica Albarn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Will tempt fans of the Spiderwick series and all things Faerie. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Physically slender but long on mystical atmosphere, Albarn's debut features a mix of feathery line portraits and translucent leaves of pale, reworked photos of butterfly-wing and other natural patterns. Read full book review >