Search Results: "Jon Hassler"


BOOK REVIEW

THE STAGGERFORD FLOOD by Jon Hassler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2002

"An inessential addition to the chronicles of Staggerford, but addicts won't want to miss it."
A return to the Minnesota hamlet Hassler invented in his much-loved debut, Staggerford (1977), brings back one of its most estimable citizens: retired schoolteacher Agatha McGee, now 80, and as upright and feisty as ever. Read full book review >

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THE DEAN'S LIST by Jon Hassler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 1997

"Enormously readable, as sentimental as one might wish it to be: another dependable charmer from one of our most likable and entertaining novelists. (Author tour)"
A sequel to the delightful Rookery Blues (1995), from the popular Minnesota author. Read full book review >

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ROOKERY BLUES by Jon Hassler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"This may not be Lucky Jim, but it's worthy to be mentioned in the same breath. (First printing of 40,000)"
The eighth novel from the author of the endearing Staggerford series (Dear James, 1993, etc.): a delight about five faculty members who in 1969 start a jazz group at their small Minnesota state college. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Minor work from Hassler (The Staggerford Flood, 2002, etc.)."
Hassler returns to his old stamping grounds of rural Minnesota in two novellas. Read full book review >

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MY STAGGERFORD JOURNAL by Jon Hassler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"But the rest of this could have been saved for the family album."
Hassler (Emeritus, St. Read full book review >

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DEAR JAMES by Jon Hassler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Hassler satirizes both Minnesotan and European types, but his affection for his people is evident in the great good humor that's pervasive."
Hassler's seventh (North of Hope, 1990, etc.) again delivers the goods: this time, Agatha McGee (who first appeared in A Green Journey, 1985) travels to Italy to visit her old friend and pen-pal James, a Catholic priest. Read full book review >

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JON FIXX by Jason Squire Fluck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"An exciting, comical page-turner about the gritty underbelly of love."
Fluck follows the adventures of a romance writer for hire in his debut novel. Read full book review >

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Jon Hersey - Industrial Spy by Leo N. Ardo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2012

"A thrilling, adventurous novel that will appeal especially to readers interested in business recon."
Debut novelist Ardo offers a unique, concise novella about a young widower who finds redemption through politically motivated corporate espionage. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"The combination of high-energy artwork and exuberant characters are sure to make the Trucktown series a necessary purchase for every garage library. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The irrepressible Scieszka has set his sites on entertaining a younger crowd and getting them (boys especially) hooked on the joys of reading. Read full book review >

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JON, FLORA, AND THE ODD-EYED CAT by Stella Pevsner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"Pure enchantment. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Pevsner (The Night the Whole Class Slept Over, 1991, etc.) delivers a magical story about the friendship between a 14-year-old boy recovering from rheumatic fever and an 11- year-old girl hiding out from her father. Read full book review >

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JON FOX AND THE MONSTER OF THE POND by Carson Steil
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 9, 2011

"The author and software designer show glimmers of creativity, but their learning curves are clearly still on the upswing. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
Another app not ready for prime time, featuring a perfunctory story tricked out in a sparse assortment of crudely designed animations and touch-activated effects. Read full book review >

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THE COLD SONG by Linn Ullmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"The author might be best known in this country as the daughter of Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann, but her accomplishment here merits more than recognition by association."
The fifth novel by an award-winning Norwegian author and critic deserves to win her a much larger stateside readership. Read full book review >