Search Results: "Johanna Skibsrud"


BOOK REVIEW

JOHANNA by Claire Cooperstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

A richly detailed first novel about a hitherto unsung—at least in fiction—heroine of art history whose unswerving belief in her brother-in-law Vincent's genius preserved his legacy for posterity. Read full book review >

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THIS WILL BE DIFFICULT TO EXPLAIN by Johanna Skibsrud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 2012

"Skibsrud's economical, poetically aware stories reveal a writer comfortable with the form, and one who requires her readers to think."
Connection and enlightenment are sought and occasionally experienced in a first collection from Canadian poet and Giller Prize-winning novelist Skibsrud (The Sentimentalists, 2011). Read full book review >

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QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME by Johanna Skibsrud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2014

"Though Skibsrud's pacing sometimes bogs down, her unique voice and eye for historical detail lend the book a satisfying richness."
Skibsrud's elegant, intricately woven second novel (The Sentimentalists, 2011) is inspired by Messiaen's experimental composition Quartet for the End of Time, a musical piece that sought to escape the restrictions of conventional measurements of time.Read full book review >

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THE SECRET CIRCUS by Johanna Wright
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"A quiet, comforting debut, best shared snuggled close together. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Somewhere, beneath the twinkling lights of Paris, there is a circus. Read full book review >

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CITY OF GHOSTS by Johanna Stoberock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Spirited and fresh-faced, a decent debut marred a bit by heavy breathing ('Did I say his eyes were blue? They were like a September sky')."
First outing about a young woman's bittersweet marriage to a tour guide. Read full book review >

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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS by Johanna Lindsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Sex and Christian warmth to ring up cash-register rhapsodies."
Regency fluff that might be retitled The Seduction, since at heart its greatest allure is sex, not the Christmas season. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 17, 1996

"Neuman's book is interesting as a historical review but superficial as political analysis because of its failure to consider fundamental questions of the relationship of the media to society. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Neuman, foreign editor of USA Today, claims to debunk myths about the power of technology to shape world events. Read full book review >

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THE ORCHESTRA PIT by Johanna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Back at the right pit, the snake twists into a treble clef—a charming endnote. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A snake meandering into "the wrong pit" leads readers through this appealing introduction to an orchestra and its instruments—brass, wind instruments, strings and percussion. Read full book review >

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BUNNIES ON ICE by Johanna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A healthy if impersonal dose of self-affirmation delivered by a cast with long, fetching bunny ears. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Bursting with confidence, a young skater describes what it takes to be a champion (at least in her own mind) in this wobbly but amusing manifesto. Read full book review >

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BANDITS by Johanna Wright
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"An enjoyable take on a nocturnal, urban animal's habits in an accessible story that, with illustrations in better sync, might have resulted in a refreshing outcome. Unfortunately, the result here is pedestrian. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Rascally raccoons plunder and play in the night without consequence in Wright's (The Secret Circus, 2009) latest work. Read full book review >

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FAULT LINES by Johanna  Wagstaffe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Thorough, engaging, and accessible. (resources, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
A seasoned meteorologist and journalist uses personal experiences, interviews with earthquake witnesses, history, charts, and photographs as she explains the science behind earthquakes. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"The anthology's large font and short-story format may appeal to struggling middle-school readers as well as elementary-school kids, although the rather juvenile cover art (that nonetheless captures the 'fooled you' concept) might fool them into thinking it's only appropriate for a much younger audience. (Short stories. 8- 14)"
After collecting stories all based on birthdays from well-known children's authors for a previous anthology, Birthday Surprises (1995), this time Hurwitz has asked a group of ten writers to create stories that include the line, "I fooled you," a concept that, she reminds readers, is a common feature of most folk and fairy tales. Read full book review >