Search Results: "Jonathan Reeder"


BOOK REVIEW

BONITA AVENUE by Peter Buwalda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"His strength are sustained scenes that will linger in memory after other parts of the brain have given up on fitting together the pieces of this puzzler."
A family saga that is variously compelling, trashy and horrific, this debut has rough edges and plausibility problems—not unlike the Stieg Larsson trilogy—and movie written all over it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOSTER'S WAR by Carolyn Reeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"By story's end, all of them have taken the first tentative steps toward reconciliation, a moving and believable conclusion to a story of a family in conflict. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A vivid and compelling piece of historical fiction that also serves as a telling commentary on the effects an abusive parent has on his family. Read full book review >

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GRANPA'S MOUNTAIN by Carolyn Reeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1991

"Grandpa's battle may drag on a bit, but Carrie's increasing strength and her fierce loyalties hold attention as she learns that relations mean more than locations, and that losing may not be so bad if you have tried as hard as you can. (Fiction. 8-12)"
During her usual summer's stay with her grandparents in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Carrie finds that the government is buying all the local farms and burning the homes to convert the area to the new Shenandoah National Park. Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN KATE by Carolyn Reeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"The real strength of the novel, however, is in the depiction of the complex, tangled relationship that forms between Kate and Seth, and the emotional growth they experience as they struggle to reconcile their feelings about sharing a new family. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Setting her story in the third year of the Civil War, Reeder (Foster's War, p. 61, etc.) writes of a young girl who takes it upon herself to pilot the family's canal boat 184 miles from Cumberland, Maryland to Georgetown. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOONSHINER'S SON by Carolyn Reeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1993

"Another fine offering from the author of the much- honored Shades of Gray (1989): with strong, memorable characters and a compelling plot, an unusually thoughtful and well-crafted historical novel of these mountain people. (Fiction. 9-14)"
New folks are turning up in the hollow where June Higgins is training his son Tom, 12, as a moonshiner—a demanding craft handed down in their family for generations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANNA AKHMATOVA by Roberta Reeder
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"But this very density is what will make Reeder's biography not only the starting point for all future engagements with Akhmatova's life and work but more generally a key source for scholars exploring the thorny entanglement of politics and art in 20th- century Russia. (32 pages of photos, not seen)"
By meticulously tracing renowned Russian poet Akhmatova's tortuous life, this extraordinarily detailed biography builds up a panoramic view of Soviet cultural history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEFORE THE CREEKS RAN RED by Carolyn Reeder
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"An offering that will appeal mostly to Civil War buffs. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10+)"
O'Dell Award-winner Reeder (Shades of Gray, 1990) returns to the Civil War era with three connected stories of boys coming of age as their county is about to do the same. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A heartwarmingly inspirational tale."
A former magazine editor tells the story of how, at the height of the Great Depression, her great-uncle trained a group of young women from rural Oklahoma to become college basketball stars. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS! by Patricia Reeder Eubank
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Save young readers and would-be counters the frustration and don't open these ineffective holiday packages. (Board book. 2-4)"
Cuddlebear and his mama count his blessings in a candy-coated world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVERYDAY MATTERS by Nardi Reeder Campion
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2004

"A memoir to savor for its many riches and, most of all, its zest."
Humorous and insightful chronicle of a long life filled with interesting friends and experiences, shared for nearly six decades with an exceptional man. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN DEE
by Rachel Sugar

Jonathan Dee’s latest, an exquisitely nuanced drama of simmering small-town politics, is so prescient—so uncannily current—it’s a source of concern. “I worry a little bit the novel is close enough to current events that people are going to read it a little too much as if it were a key to current events,” Dee says.

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