Search Results: "Jon M. Sweeney"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 2012

"A confused and disappointing ramble through 13th-century papacy."
Ruminations on the career of a most inept and unlikely pope. Read full book review >

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LEWIS AND PAPA by Barbara M. Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1998

"The text is long for a picture book, and becomes sentimental; more gratifying are the historical details—map of the trail, notes, glossary, and an explanation of how the railroad running between Missouri to Santa Fe, completed in 1880, ended this mode of commerce. (Picture book. 7-10)"
One snowy night, when a 19th-century traveler visits with the family who lives in a stone house on the Wisconsin River, he inspires them to make their fortune by bringing trade goods down the Santa Fe Trail. Read full book review >

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TAKEDOWN by Joyce Sweeney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Engaging, witty, sometimes insightful, and always full of suspense, Sweeney hits her target. (Fiction. 9-14)"
In this corker of a hostage drama laced with humor, 13-year-old Joe watches professional wrestling with his buddies when Charlie Dorn, a murderer on a rampage, bluffs his way into Joe's house. Read full book review >

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PIANO MAN by Joyce Sweeney
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1992

"Sweeney astutely conveys Deidre's self-conscious and easily aroused erotic sensibilities, while deft dialogue, willing players, and plausible events illustrate the physical and emotional dangers of acting out fantasies, however innocent. (Fiction. 12+)"
In a variegated tapestry of relationships, Deidre Holland—who at 14 has never even been alone on a date—confuses fantasy with reality when she's attracted to a 26-year-old man. Read full book review >

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DEADLY INTENT by Anna Sweeney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2014

"Although this debut's slow exposition, like many of its characters, could use a pick-me-up, Sweeney fits the pieces together competently and even manages a surprise or two."
Wayward guests and a dead entrepreneur plague the owners of an Irish bed-and-breakfast. Read full book review >

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IF IT'S NOT ONE THING, IT'S YOUR MOTHER by Julia Sweeney
Released: April 2, 2013

"Laugh-out-loud moments blended with honesty and despondency."
A funny look at being an adoptive parent. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN AFTERLIFE by Kate Sweeney
NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 2014

"A considerate exploration of mourning, just haunting enough to attract those with a penchant for macabre oddities."
Intriguing, eccentric swatches of everyday Americans grappling with the intricacies of death. Read full book review >

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THE TIGER ORCHARD by Joyce Sweeney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1993

"A study in paternal love and good intentions gone awry, in a story of YA angst transcended. (Fiction. 12+)"
Zachary believes his father has been dead since he was five; like younger brother Joshua, he recognizes that his mother has done an admirable job of raising them. Read full book review >

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AMONG OTHER THINGS, I’VE TAKEN UP SMOKING by Aoibheann Sweeney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 2007

"A lyrical debut novel of isolation and communion."
A young woman moves from a small island off the coast of Maine to a larger island—Manhattan—where she learns both to adjust to a new life and to negotiate the shoals of her past. Read full book review >

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GOD SAID ``HA!'' by Julia Sweeney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"Something seems to have been lost in the translation from stage to page. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A disappointing version of Sweeney's well-received one-woman, autobiographical show of the same name. Read full book review >

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NORTH KOREA UNDERCOVER by John Sweeney
NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 2015

"In a carefully footnoted and documented work, Sweeney has done his homework, though the snide tone grates."
The mocking account of an English investigative journalist's undercover visit to North Korea underscores the fact that the dire state is no laughing matter. Read full book review >