Search Results: "Jonis Agee"


BOOK REVIEW

THE RIVER WIFE by Jonis Agee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2007

"Despite fevered descriptions and various half-developed characters meandering down plot paths leading nowhere, the violence-spiked romance upon violence-spiked romance becomes addictive."
A catfish stew of a novel from Agee (The Weight of Dreams, 1999, etc.), covering three generations of a Missouri farming family that can't shake its river pirate roots. Read full book review >

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THE BONES OF PARADISE by Jonis Agee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"This sexy, violent, intricate Western is ultimately a love letter to the Sand Hills, 'where all was alive, all living, in one form or another.'"
A deceptively leisurely, intensely heart-rending historical Western about greed and love gone wrong, set in the Sand Hills of Nebraska 10 years after the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre of the Lakota Sioux at the Pine Ridge Reservation in nearby South Dakota. Read full book review >

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THE WEIGHT OF DREAMS by Jonis Agee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"Riveting scenes of ranch life and the grimly glorious Nebraska countryside can't overcome a plot both bloated and sluggish, with a fairy-tale end painful to read."
Returning to the themes of her 1993 Strange Angels—with a detour through the badlands of Russell Banks—Agee offers a rambling saga that includes an abuse-riddled Nebraska family, a hideous crime, a slow path to redemption, and the love of a good woman. Read full book review >

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PRETEND WE'VE NEVER MET by Jonis Agee
Released: March 31, 1989

Agee's first story-collection—a tour through the Farm Belt—is sometimes haunting and lyrical, an echo of Sherwood Anderson-genteel, mildly antiromantic and moody. Read full book review >

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A .38 SPECIAL AND A BROKEN HEART by Jonis Agee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"A few of these pieces (in this latest addition to the Coffee- To-Go Short-Short Story series) provide jolts of recognition, but too many end up feeling like writing exercises: as cryptic as runes, they neither rise nor converge."
Thirty-plus ``short-shorts'' hover around several common incidents—a sister's suicide, small-town women navigating lives of depressing claustrophobia. Read full book review >

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ORANGUTAN TONGS by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2009

"Agee acknowledges Alvin Schwartz's A Twister of Twists, A Tangler of Tongues (1972) as a major source, but adds his own distinctive mix of simplicity and sophisticated wit to this top-notch tub full of tangue tonglers. (index) (Picture book/poetry. 7-10)"
More clever wordplay from the Prince of Palindromes—not to mention 2006's Smart Feller / Fart Smeller and Other Spoonerisms—these 34 rhymed riffs on variously challenging tongue twisters will trip up even lingually limber readers. Read full book review >

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PALINDROMANIA! by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
Released: Oct. 24, 2002

"Good at least for several minutes of chuckles, these spirited cartoons may inspire readers young and old to find linguistic and artistic opportunity in gnu dung. (Picture book/nonfiction. 10+)"
"Yo! Bozo boy!" Read full book review >

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NOTHING by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Next to the rich feeling and insight in Patrick McDonnell's Gift of Nothing (2005), Agee's take on the core idea is superficial, but his solid fan base will welcome this new outing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a barbed commentary on fashion cycles, Agee creates a spare tale that begins and ends in a storekeeper's emptied antiques shop. Read full book review >

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MR. PUTNEY'S QUACKING DOG by Jon Agee
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Sure to appeal to a wide range of ages—a real end-of-summer treat. (Nonfiction. 6 & up)"
Continuing the master wordplay displayed in his previous titles about anagrams, oxymorons, palindromes and spoonerisms (Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle Your Tongue, 2009, etc.), Agee introduces Mr. Putney and invites readers to guess the names of his odd menagerie of animal friends in a series of 20 sly riddles. Read full book review >

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TERRIFIC by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Fans of James Stevenson's tales of the 'Worst Person in the World' will find a kindred sort here and are sure to add the adjective to their vocabularies. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Plainly channeling Jack Benny, middle-aged Eugene responds glumly to various reversals of fortune—after winning a cruise to Bermuda: "Terrific. Read full book review >

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MILO’S HAT TRICK by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"The pacing and delivery are stage-worthy, as is Agee's vastly expressive artwork, which is chockful of visual humor. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Agee displays his masterful drollery to particularly good effect in this tale of a semiskilled magician in need of a good trick. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"No fare required for this trip, just a tongue and a cheek in which to put it. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a droll episode that caters to the beliefs of many Manhattanites, a cabbie discovers that the "other side of town" actually is an alternate universe. Read full book review >