Search Results: "Joan Frank"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT FAR AWAY by Joan Frank
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2007

"Self-consciously elegiac while emotionally distant."
The dissolution of paradise is the theme of this novella about a community of youthful free spirits who mature into more settled conventionality and eventually fall back into the very patterns they were trying to avoid. Read full book review >

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BOYS KEEP BEING BORN by Joan Frank
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Well-crafted and relentless. Women readers of a certain age and lifestyle will identify."
A melancholy fragrance reminiscent of Edna O'Brien lingers over these 13 stories, depicting women in their 40s as they look back at their younger, 1960s-era selves with exhausted nostalgia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAKE IT STAY by Joan Frank
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2012

"First-class fiction."
A novel that peers into relationships in the small town of Mira Flores in northern California. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL FRANK
by Marjorie Baumgarten

Perhaps you recognize the names of Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. A married couple, they were Hollywood screenwriters responsible for authoring such Oscar-nominated classics as Hud and Norma Rae. Active from the late Forties through the mid-Eighties, the collaborators built a reputation for quality scripts based on their eight films with maverick filmmaker Martin Ritt and their screen adaptations ...


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BOOK REVIEW

AT HOME IN A NEW LAND by Joan Sandin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"For young history students and children wishing to learn more about Swedish immigration. (author note, glossary) (Fiction. 4-8)"
Sandin presents her third slice of Swedish-American history in the venerable I Can Read series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WOW! IT'S GREAT BEING A DUCK by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The various font sizes are so aggressively manipulated that they mitigate any potential momentum. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A cumulative tale from Rankin (Scaredy Cat, 1996, etc.), as much about the choice of typeface as it is a story, falls short despite its elegant, finely detailed artwork. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUTSTANDING IN THE RAIN by Frank Viva
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"A visually splendid birthday jaunt is a bit dampened by its text. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A boy's amusement-park birthday becomes a die-cut celebration for all. Read full book review >

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YOUNG CHARLOTTE, FILMMAKER by Frank Viva
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Similar in tone and feel to Young Frank, Architect (2013), this companion acts as both promotion for the MoMA and an encouragement to budding artists to think outside the box and pursue their dreams. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Tiny, bespectacled Charlotte is a young filmmaker who has discovered the joy of black-and-white cinematography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LENDING ZOO by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 2016

"A cool idea poorly executed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Readers get a peek at what it would be like to visit a library that lends animals to patrons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALMOST HOME by Joan Bauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2012

"Sugar, with her natural gift for rubbing down imperfections, will win readers' hearts. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Through months of homelessness and her mother's breakdown, sixth-grader Sugar Mae Cole and her puppy, Shush, demonstrate what it means to be sweet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUESTORS by Joan Lennon
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"Fans of Philip Reeve's Larklight (2006) and Angie Sage's Septimus Heap trilogy will enjoy these quests. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The rule of threes reigns in this solidly crafted slipstream novel that incorporates fantasy tropes with science-fiction concepts. Read full book review >