Search Results: "Joseph Boyden"


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THROUGH BLACK SPRUCE by Joseph Boyden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2009

"Though the forced, contrived plot almost submerges the novel, the sensuous apprehension of a distant, perilous, ineffably beautiful world draws us in and won't let us go."
A vigorous picture of life near "James Bay in the Arctic Lowlands of Ontario" distinguishes this second novel from the Canadian-born author (Three Day Road, 2005). Read full book review >

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THE ORENDA by Joseph Boyden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"A well-researched tale that mostly strikes a shrewd balance between thinking and fighting."
Violent tribal warfare and disagreements about dogma abound in a historical epic set in 17th-century Canada. Read full book review >

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JOSEPH by Shelia P. Moses
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 28, 2008

"Moses's heart-wrenching story of a young man's struggle to cut ties with his mother and a dead-end life will leave readers profoundly moved. (Fiction. 12-16)"
It is hard to imagine a more irresponsible, indifferent, negligent mother than the one 15-year-old Joseph Flood has endured. Read full book review >

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THREE DAY ROAD by Joseph Boyden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2005

"What might have been a punchy novella, linking the Cree windigo killer phenomenon to the killing fields of Europe, has been inflated to a size that obscures what might have been its uniqueness."
Two Cree Indians from eastern Canada experience WWI trench warfare in Canadian Boyden's first novel (following his story collection, Born with a Tooth, 2001). Read full book review >

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COUSIN JOSEPH by Jules Feiffer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Expertly off-kilter."
In this prequel to his graphic novel, Kill My Mother (2014), Feiffer delivers another noir fever dream, sending America right to the top of the flagpole with a hard-boiled, lyrical punch of immigrant stories, labor relations, and the almighty dollar. Read full book review >

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JOSEPH FIPPS by Nadine Robert
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2014

"A stormy clash between parent and child ends with sunshine and bird song. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A 5-year-old "all filled up with feelings" dreams of wings and walruses in this ruminative import. Read full book review >

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JOSEPH SMITH by Richard Lyman Bushman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2005

"More complete but less evenhanded than Robert Remini's Joseph Smith (2002); some readers may find parts of Bushman's narrative to be overly credulous."
Orthodox life of the decidedly unorthodox Joseph Smith, founder and prophet of Mormonism. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A sympathetic portrait of a talented, diligent man who laid a foundation for others, but lacked the imagination to build a memorable monument. (29 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
This well-researched biography of a forgotten scientist also suggests a revealing view of 19th-century American science. Read full book review >

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JOSEPH HAYDN by Wendy Thompson
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Glossary; list of works. (Biography. 10+)"
One more handsome volume in the ``Composer's World'' series (see above), with the same format, rather distanced style, excellent period illustrations, and musical excerpts. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Aspects of a spy novel, a writer's autobiography and a victim's affidavit pulsing with resentment and fear combine to reveal a man's dawning awareness of the primacy of freedom."
The frightening, illuminating and disturbing memoir by the author of The Satanic Verses, the book that provoked a death sentence from the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989. Read full book review >

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JOSEPH ROTH by Joseph Roth
Released: Jan. 16, 2012

"A quintessential depiction of one man's view from the brink of the abyss."
The doomed world of interwar Europe comes to burning life in the anguished correspondence of the peripatetic Austrian novelist/journalist. Read full book review >