Search Results: "Jo Ann Beard"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BOYS OF MY YOUTH by Jo Ann Beard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 1998

"Were more of her memoirs to display the focus glimpsed in those pieces, they would be the makings of an impressive first book. (Part of this volume appeared in the New Yorker, and Beard is the recipient of a 1997 Whiting Award.)"
These one-dimensional autobiographical fragments of girlhood, young adulthood, and a crumbling marriage are exercises in mere recollection, mostly lacking the reflection or the narrative drive to make them worthwhile. Read full book review >

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IN ZANESVILLE by Jo Ann Beard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2011

"This could be an instruction book for a perceptive teenager. For an adult, it resonates as a bittersweet remembrance of a time when life was more difficult than it should have been."
Angst, and a grudging reconciliation to childhood being left behind, are the heart of this debut novel. Read full book review >

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THE CABINET OF SOULS by Jo Ann Ferguson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 26, 2016

"Fans of the movie may enjoy it. (Horror. 8-12)"
A demon catches four young teens on Halloween, intending to turn them into monsters. Read full book review >

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BLUE RODEO by Jo-Ann Mapson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 1994

"This follow-up is likely to lull them to sleep with its easygoing, unsurprising, country-western charm. (Literary Guild selection; author tour)"
Mapson's second novel set in the contemporary West is as lyrical and romantic as her first (Hank & Chloe, 1993), but its stock California-yuppie characters fail to inspire much interest and the predictability of the love story disappoints. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1996

"More than a history of nuns, Sisters in Arms is a survey of how the Roman Catholic tradition has confronted the ever-present question of how to conceptualize the relationship between men and women."
An opinionated but reliable survey of the complex history of Roman Catholic nuns. Read full book review >

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OWEN'S DAUGHTER by Jo-Ann Mapson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014

"Despite many positive components, including vivid descriptions of New Mexico's rich culture; endearing dogs and horses; and an inspirational message about surmounting shortcomings, the novel's lumbering pace outweighs all."
Characters from three previous novels—Solomon'sOak, FindingCasey and Blue Rodeo—merge in Mapson's latest, featuring a young mother and an older woman who must cope with unforeseen challenges. Read full book review >

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MISSING MEMBER by Jo-Ann Power
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"Less a mystery than a lesson in really gross anatomy."
Romance novelist Powers's mystery debut lands a congresswoman in hot water just because her party's second-ranking member gets stabbed to death in her office. Read full book review >

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LOVING CHLOE by Jo-Ann Mapson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Though predictable in a sexy, country-western ballad way, also as lyrical and memorable as any romantic melody. (Literary Guild selection)"
Tough love and the love of horses go hand and hand in this conventional but fairly skillful sequel to Mapson's well-received novel about mismatched lovers, Hank and Chloe (1993). Read full book review >

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ALONG CAME MARY by Jo-Ann Mapson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"A slight sophomore slump in the series, but enough heart and soul to bring most of Mapson's fans back for installment number three to see how she ties up all those loose ends."
Despite some lurid plot premises and extremely convenient coincidences, the feisty characters and rueful emotional wisdom of this sequel will win over all but the hardest-hearted reader. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 14, 1997

"A solid piece of reporting on a little-viewed corner of national life."
A thorough, sometimes unsettling look at the culture of nuclear science. Read full book review >

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GOODBYE, EARL by Jo-Ann Mapson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Enough loose ends for another three novels, but only readers seriously in love with overstuffed plots and feisty middle-aged women will hope for more."
The four women who bonded in Bad Girl Creek (2001) and dealt with complications in Along Came Mary (2003) return for the allegedly final volume of Mapson's trilogy. Read full book review >