Search Results: "Jill McCorkle"


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CAROLINA MOON by Jill McCorkle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A truly delightful read. (Author tour)"
McCorkle's fifth novel (and sixth book, including a fine collection, Crash Diet, 1992) is a narrative gem that emanates dramatic heat, southern-gothic light, and an uncanny emotional wisdom. Read full book review >

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GOING AWAY SHOES by Jill McCorkle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"The author's trademark gifts—vivid, economical characterizations, distinctive voices, fierce intelligence—are evident on every page. Now let's hope she cheers up a little next time."
Another fine collection from short-fiction master McCorkle (Creatures of Habit, 2001, etc.), in a very dark mood indeed. Read full book review >

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CRASH DIET by Jill McCorkle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"With McCorkle driving, every detour is sure to take you straight through the human heart."
A joyride through 11 stories of life, love, and regret in southern settings with McCorkle at the wheel. Read full book review >

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Released: March 26, 2013

"McCorkle's masterful microcosm invokes profound sadness, harsh insight and guffaws, often on the same page."
Assisted living residents and a hospice worker confront the inevitable with grit and humor. Read full book review >

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FINAL VINYL DAYS by Jill McCorkle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 1998

"McCorkle is gradually becoming our contemporary Eudora Welty."
Nine varied, lively, and beguiling stories from the ever-improving author of, most recently, Carolina Moon (1996). Read full book review >

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CREATURES OF HABIT by Jill McCorkle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2001

"Uneven in execution, but permeated with a mature understanding that our lives are an accumulation of moments—and we live most fully when we slow down to savor or recollect them."
In her third story volume, McCorkle (Final Vinyl Days, 1998, etc.) again demonstrates that there's room to grow in New Southern fiction as she explores various stages of human existence with emphasis on our kinship with animals. Read full book review >

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LIAR OF KUDZU by Bob Schooley
ADVENTURE
Released: March 6, 2007

"Middle-school readers looking for humor in any part of the country will enjoy the familiar flavor and topical references in this modern tall tale. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Pete Larson (aka "Liar") spins a whopper about the summer he was 12 and met the beautiful Justine. Read full book review >

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GORDON IN CHARGE by Jill Newton
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Special less for the themes of bullying and posturing than for the super-expressive, always-in-motion illustrations. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Newton illustrates her two Gordons, goat and goose, with passionate feeling and motion as they vie for authority over the barnyard. Read full book review >

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MY BUSY DAY by Jill Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"This warm, happy tale is just right to start or end a little one's day. (Picture book. 3-6)"
From dawn to dusk, a young child describes her eventful day. Read full book review >

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THE WORST WITCH TO THE RESCUE by Jill Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Heartwarming magic with just the right touch of talking toads and tortoises. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
How can anyone resist a talking tortoise and a good-hearted young witch? Read full book review >

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MAMA HEN'S BIG DAY by Jill Latter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"The low word count and brisk pace make this tale suitable for younger readers, though its adherence to visual logic is a little iffy. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Spunky Mama Hen searches high and low for the very best location for her egg. Read full book review >

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MARIO MAKES A MOVE by Jill McElmurry
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"A charming story of friendship, dance moves, artistic fervor and squirrels. (And squirrel facts!) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mario is a squirrel who loves his dance moves, from the "Bowling Ball" to "Twirly Ballet Arms," and his relatives assure him he is amazing. Read full book review >