Search Results: "Jo Baker"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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MY OCTOPUS ARMS by Keith Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Though a little on the bland side, this effort should reassure little ones resting in the human arms of favorite story readers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Who hasn't occasionally wished for more than two hands (or arms) in order to simultaneously accomplish all that one needs to? Read full book review >

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HICKORY DICKORY DOCK by Keith Baker
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"A great addition to the collection of 'singing' books, with the added bonus of helping readers practice counting and time-telling skills. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The familiar nursery rhyme gains new verses in this latest from Baker, who rounds out the rest of the mouse's busy hours. Read full book review >

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MORE MR. AND MRS. GREEN by Keith Baker
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

The big-hearted alligators introduced in Meet Mr. and Mrs. Green (2002, but reformatted as an easy reader, too) return for three more feel-good episodes. Mr. Green catches fish after fish, leaving Mrs. Green "frustrated and fishless" until he shares his secret bait: jellybeans. Read full book review >

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QUACK AND COUNT by Keith Baker
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Children will regretfully wave goodbye as the ducks fly off in neat formation at the end of this brief, painless introduction to several basic math concepts. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Baker (Big Fat Hen, 1994, etc.) engages in more number play, posing ducklings in every combination of groups, e.g., "Splashing as they leap and dive/7 ducklings, 2 plus 5." Read full book review >

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HIDE AND SNAKE by Keith Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"(Picture book. 3-8)"
Hidden among other patterns as repetitive and brightly colored as his own variegated stripes, a snake challenges readers to discover him in one picture after another: "I'm playing with toys / twisting `round vases, / weaving through baskets, / and tangling with laces.'' The text doesn't add much here, but Baker's bold, handsomely stylized art is sure to amuse with its many clever pseudo-snakes and intriguing camouflages of the real one. Read full book review >

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WHERE'S MOUSE? by Alan Baker
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"A visually pleasing book that will appeal to very young children who enjoy simple books about animals. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An accordion-fold book with peek-through pages mimicking holes (e.g., in a hollow tree) through which animal characters can be seen in a three-dimensional effect. Read full book review >