Search Results: "Jo-Ann Costa"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BEQUEST OF BIG DADDY by Jo-Ann Costa
Released: April 1, 2013

"The framing device feels insignificant, but Costa's expressive voice effortlessly guides the compelling story."
Costa's debut novel tells the engaging story of a man whose tumultuous life provides an even greater tale than the grand myths that surround him. 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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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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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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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 >

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JAMES PARKS AND BEN COSTA
by Alex Heimbach

“A skeleton and a slime walk into a bar…” That may sound like the wind up to a very nerdy joke, but it’s actually the set up for a scene in James Parks and Ben Costa’s new YA graphic novel, Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli, which, to be fair, is full of very nerdy — ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BARING ARMS by Jo-Ann Power
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Despite Beltway machinations, hi-tech wizardry and barely repressed sexuality, the result is a curiously bland thriller."
A Congresswoman and a mysterious agent team up to solve a murder. Read full book review >

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FINDING CASEY by Jo-Ann Mapson
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Readers drawn in by Mapson's warmhearted style should not overlook how rigidly she divides the line between good and evil, right and wrong."
Mapson follows the ever-so-uplifting characters she developed in Solomon's Oak (2010) to their new home in Sante Fe, N.M., where they face past demons as they build their future. Read full book review >

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HANK & CHLOE by Jo-Ann Mapson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 1993

"Gentle, earthy, down-home fiction from the New West. (First serial to Cosmopolitan)"
A warmly human first novel that lingers in the mind long after its heroes have seen the sunset—from poet and storywriter Mapson (Fault Line, 1989—not reviewed). Read full book review >

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SHADOW RANCH by Jo-Ann Mapson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"Less eccentric and arresting than Hank & Chloe, with a way of rambling for long stretches, though Mapson's empathy for the modern western psyche still elucidates and entertains. (Literary Guild alternate selection; $40,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Yet another sensitive family drama set in today's New West from the author of Hank & Chloe (1993) and Blue Rodeo (1994)—this one featuring a rich and feisty California octogenarian, his ex- stripper lover, and the troubled grandchildren who disapprove, disapprove, disapprove. Read full book review >