Search Results: "Joy Castro"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 17, 2012

"Castro's first mystery is fierce and intense, with both harrowing depictions of New Orleans after Katrina and psychological mayhem for its troubled heroine, who crawls under your skin and lingers there long after you've finished reading. A sequel is in the works."
Salvaging lives in post-Katrina New Orleans is no picnic. Read full book review >

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FAMILY TROUBLE by Joy Castro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A well-balanced panoply of family-centric musings from authors conflicted between responsibility and retribution."
A chorus of noteworthy memoirists reflects on the ethical consequences of airing dirty laundry. Read full book review >

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ISLAND OF BONES by Joy Castro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Potent, emotional essays that speak to the relatable experience of rising above a harrowing childhood."
Castro (English and Ethnic Studies/Univ. of Nebraska; Hell or High Water, 2012, etc.) ponders her troubled adolescence and who she is today. Read full book review >

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NEARER HOME by Joy Castro
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 16, 2013

"The highlight here is in Nola's personal relationships, which show her to be funny, flawed and formidable."
The murder of a New Orleans journalist sets off a battle between a reporter determined to tell her story and a shadowy opponent equally determined to keep the truth under wraps. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 7, 2005

"Reads like a first draft."
An uneven look back at an abusive childhood. Read full book review >

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MY PET RATTLESNAKE by Joe Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"A shaggy snake story certain to elicit hoots and hollers aplenty from young audiences. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The creators of The Gum Chewing Rattler (2006) concoct another outlandish episode with a twist in its tale. Read full book review >

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THE GUM CHEWING RATTLER by Joe Hayes
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

An anecdote from the youth of a veteran Arizona storyteller makes its first separate appearance in print, matched to a Mexican artist's warmly humorous, photographically exact scenes. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS PARTY by Joy Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"A relatively harmless if unnecessary purchase. (Picture books. 4-8)"
A sugar-shock of pink coats this perfectly nice if less-than-extraordinary addition to the princess shelf. Read full book review >

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GUSTAV GLOOM AND THE NIGHTMARE VAULT by Adam-Troy Castro
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2013

"A die-cut cover scene and Margiotta's chapter-head views of huge-eyed gamins posing in canted settings add to the pervasive air of strangeness, but it's still a slog. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
In a sequel that cycles around the same track as the opener, Castro sheds light on the past and nature of the aptly named Gloom mansion and the saturnine lad who lives there alone with armies of animate shadows. Read full book review >

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GRANDPA'S HA-LA-LOO-YA HAMBONE by Joe Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Tongue-in-cheek fun. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A tall country tale involving dentures, beans, and an amazing hambone. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"For either those well-versed in the case of Catalonian independence or for the uninitiated, an estimable addition to an increasingly tempestuous debate."
A substantial collection of scholarly articles exploring, and defending, the prospects for Catalonia's independence from Spain. Read full book review >

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THE A-WORD by Joy Preble
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 13, 2014

"This series seems to be in a bit of a sophomore slump; here's hoping subsequent volumes will again take flight. (Paranormal fiction. 13-16)"
Sassy, smart-mouthed, cowboy-boot fan Jenna Samuels is back once again, fighting evildoers with the aid of her angelic cohorts. Read full book review >