Search Results: "John Casey"


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COMPASS ROSE by John Casey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2010

"Casey writes old-fashioned novels in the best sense—character-driven, thick with dialogue, nuanced and multilayered as they reveal relationships."
Casey (The Half-Life of Happiness, 1998, etc.) revisits Spartina (1989) territory—coastal Rhode Island—to see what his characters have been up to. Read full book review >

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BEYOND THE FIRST DRAFT by John Casey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2014

"Not a handbook for students but a guidebook for thinking about fiction."
National Book Award–winning novelist Casey (English/Univ. of Virginia; Compass Rose, 2010, etc.) waxes thoughtful about his craft in a collection of essays, some nearly 20 years old. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2011

"Occasionally self-indulgent, but the collection's rustic charm and indomitable spirit transcend its flaws."
An author/lit professor/exercise fanatic chronicles his lifelong pursuit of endurance sports and survival training. Read full book review >

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THE HALF-LIFE OF HAPPINESS by John Casey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 1998

"Still, it's undoubtedly a moving work, and often in its portrait of intelligent people haplessly adrift, a convincing one. (First printing of 50,000)"
A lovingly detailed excavation of a failed marriage—and of several damaged lives. Read full book review >

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SPARTINA by John Casey
Released: June 2, 1989

Dick Pierce is a Rhode Island fisherman, of only so-so financial success. Read full book review >

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ENCHANTMENTS by Linda Ferri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2005

"The small thrills and heartbreaks of childhood."
A charming, weightless collection of vignettes tracking a wealthy Italian family in late-1960s Paris. Read full book review >

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YOU’RE AN ANIMAL, VISKOVITZ by Alessandro Boffa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 2002

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 24, 2012

"A lesson to be sure, but delivered in a lighthearted blend of equally lively art, sound and animation. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
In an episode both funny and pointed, a family of slobs receives an ultimatum from their filthy house and its disgusted appliances. Read full book review >

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ONE DAY AT WOOD GREEN ANIMAL SHELTER by Patricia Casey
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

"Cute critters, but not strong enough to cross the pond. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
The events of a day at a combination animal shelter and veterinary office are detailed in this oversized and overly busy picture book from Casey (Beep! Read full book review >

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MY CAT JACK by Patricia Casey
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Altogether, words and pictures come together to create a wonderful book for wee cat lovers. (Fiction/Picture book. 2+)"
A delightful romp through a typical day with the narrator's black-and-white cat, Jack, who is shown as he yawns, stretches up, stretches down, scratches, curls, plays, laps, pounces, purrs, and washes. Read full book review >

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HOW TO FALL by Jane Casey
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"If readers can get past this less-than-charming stand-in for Veronica Mars, they should enjoy this page-turner. (Mystery. 14-18)"
A teenage girl–turned-detective unravels the truth behind her doppelgänger cousin's tragic demise in this moody crime novel. Read full book review >

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DOLPHINS by Susan Casey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A compelling and eye-opening story of the interconnected worlds of humans and dolphins that's full of engaging detail and vivid language. (acknowledgments, selected bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In this middle-grade adaptation of Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins (2015), Casey escapes her city life and journeys around the world to better understand how dolphins live, think, and relate to humans. Read full book review >