Search Results: "Josh Rolnick"


BOOK REVIEW

PULP AND PAPER  by Josh Rolnick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Every story is beautifully located in place and period, edging toward grace rather than postmodern irony, and peopled by characters coping with love and loss."
Eight stories comprise Rolnick's debut collection, winner of the University of Iowa Press's 2011 John Simmons Short Fiction Award. Read full book review >

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JOSH WHOEVER by Michael Guillebeau
Released: March 20, 2013

"First-timer Guillebeau, whose software programs reside in the International Space Station, churns out wisecracks with machine-gun rapidity. His plot may be improbable, but when the laughs come this fast and funny, who really cares?"
A con artist turns good Samaritan and pays the price. Read full book review >

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OPERATION JOSH TAYLOR by Melody Fitzpatrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Hampered by generic characterizations, this amusingly voiced but not-quite-funny comedy of errors is enjoyable but fails to dazzle. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When 13-year-old Hannah Smart's parents refuse to buy her concert tickets to see her pinup idol, superstar singer Josh Taylor, she and her genius best friend, Rachel Carter, must come up with a way to earn the money themselves. Read full book review >

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JUST LIKE JOSH GIBSON by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Johnson never disappoints; in this one memory, family stories and baseball braid together a sweetly powerful and slyly subversive tale. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Peck's strong, evocative pastels with their vintage look are just right for Johnson's home run of a story. Read full book review >

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JOSH BAXTER LEVELS UP by Gavin Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Smartly paced and emotionally engaging, a book even those who have never held a controller will enjoy. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A video game-obsessed middle schooler tackles his third new school in two years. Read full book review >

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Josh Climbs the Tree of Life by Lee Vranna
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 2014

"A whimsical tale with plenty of zaniness that revolves around a sentimental and philosophical core."
A debut novel follows a teenager and his curious involvement with celestial beings. Read full book review >

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Tattle Tales by Abbe Rolnick
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 17, 2016

"Resonant reflections from a skilled literary artist."
A novelist muses on maturing, seeking, traveling, and other themes in this collection of fiction and nonfiction. Read full book review >

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Cocoon of Cancer by Abbe Rolnick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2016

"A positive, perceptive primer for cancer patients and caregivers."
A novelist and her husband share insights regarding his cancer journey in this inspirational memoir. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU’LL BE SORRY by Josh Schneider
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2007

"Though even younger ones will reckon the unlikelihood of ever being in the same (so to speak) boat with Samantha, they may come away at least a little more convinced of the frequent connection between rash acts and unforeseen consequences. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Sandwiched between Schneider's stout denials that the episode is based on personal experiences is a puckish tale of impulsive sibling violence and remorse in a family of Kevin Henkes-like mice. Read full book review >

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ORSON WELLES'S LAST MOVIE by Josh Karp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 21, 2015

"Luckily, there's nothing unfinished in Karp's retelling. He follows every story, dollar and last legal battle in full detail. Whether the film sees a 2015 release on the anniversary of Welles' birth, as was speculated as of late last year, we at least have Karp to thank for the next best thing."
What became of The Other Side of the Wind, that crazy movie that took up the last 15 years of the life of Orson Welles (1915-1985)?Read full book review >

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PORN AGAIN: A MEMOIR by Josh Sabarra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Sabarra's multitiered chronicle is salacious and provocative yet also intimate on a whole different level."
The life and times of a randy Hollywood public relations guru. Read full book review >