Search Results: "Jo Baker"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BAKER by Paul Hond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"A bright Beaujolais of a book: fresh, optimistic, and sophisticated enough to satisfy on many levels."
A debut novel that transforms the terror of working-class, inner-city race relations into an upbeat examination of love, loss, and father-son bonding. Read full book review >

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JO MALONE by Jo Malone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A moving and revealing account of the author's passion for business and personal success."
Turning yourself into an upscale brand is extremely difficult. Fragrance guru and entrepreneur Malone chronicles how she did just that. Read full book review >

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YO, JO! by Rachel Isadora
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"The depiction of a little boy so thoroughly at home in his community is a delight to see in these suspicious days of stranger danger: Jo is indeed Peter's direct—and very welcome—descendant. (Picture book. 2-6)"
While big brother Franklin waits on the stoop for Grandpa to arrive home for dinner, Jomar engages every passer-by in an exuberant exchange of urban slang. Read full book review >

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JO-JO AND THE FIENDISH LOT by Andrew Auseon
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"Lacking both the authentic relationships of Daniel Water's Generation Dead (2008) and the creative reinterpretation of Gabrielle Zevin's Elsewhere (2005), this novel just fades into the mist. (Horror. YA)"
Dead musicians guide a newly deceased teen in his search for his missing—and also "passed"—girlfriend. Read full book review >

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LONGBOURN by Jo Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Sequels and prequels rarely add to the original, but Baker's simple yet inspired reimagining does. It has best-seller stamped all over it."
An irresistible retake on Pride and Prejudice alters the familiar perspective by foregrounding a different version of events—the servants'. Read full book review >

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A COUNTRY ROAD, A TREE by Jo Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Baker's virtuoso imagining of war's terrors and privations is not quite matched by her depiction of a unique, consistently elusive artistic identity."
The experiences of a struggling Irish writer in France during World War II—joining the Resistance, fleeing the Gestapo, risking everything again after escaping to the free zone—will help shape his groundbreaking literary future, suggests this novel based on the life of Samuel Beckett. Read full book review >

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THE MERMAID'S CHILD by Jo Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Weakened by its monotonous structure but propelled by luminous detail and Malin's determination, this novel is not Baker at her strongest, but the promise is evident."
Alone in an unforgiving, sometimes-fantastical landscape, Malin Reed is on a journey in search of a mythical mother in this pungent early novel, newly available in the U.S., from acclaimed British writer Baker (Offcomer, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >

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THE UNDERTOW by Jo Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2012

"Immediate, poignant and rarely predictable, this searchingly observant work captures a huge terrain of personal aspiration against a shifting historical and social background. Impressive."
The architecture of a family, constructed over decades, through relationships, wars and secrets, is assembled with fine detail and insight in an exceptional 20th-century saga. Read full book review >

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OFFCOMER by Jo Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Baker skillfully captures the alienation of a fragile young woman, but the signs of Claire's shift toward hope are a long time coming."
Unmoored and self-harming, the heroine of British novelist Baker's (Longbourn, 2013, etc.) disturbing first novel—appearing for the first time in the U.S.—is caught in a suffocating downward spiral.Read full book review >

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BAKER TOWERS by Jennifer Haigh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"Almost mythic in its ambition, somewhere between Oates and Updike country, and thoroughly satisfying."
An elegant, elegiac multigenerational saga about a small coal-mining community in western Pennsylvania that shows how talented she really is. Read full book review >

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THE TELLING by Jo Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A delicate, atmospheric ghost story with satisfying layers of insight and substance."
In a decaying English country cottage, the past bleeds hauntingly into the present after a fragile young woman's arrival activates echoes of grief and loss. Read full book review >

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MO AND JO by Jay Lynch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Lynch provides classic comic-book repartee in beginning-reader-friendly vocabulary ably matched to Haspiel's bold images and zippy colors; this high-quality production supplies good, old-fashioned fun and a superhero lesson that packs a wallop. (Graphic early reader. 6-9)"
The newest addition to the Toon Book early-reader series presents brother and sister Joey and Mona, who are always fighting. Read full book review >