Search Results: "Joyce Johnson"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A triumph of scholarship."
An exemplary biography of the Beat icon and his development as a writer. Read full book review >

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MISSING MEN by Joyce  Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2004

"A memoir of easy grace and lively intelligence, filled with striking portraits of individuals, a time, and a place."
Perceptive, engaging memoirs of a woman's life shaped around the absence of certain men. Read full book review >

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IN THE NIGHT CAFE by Joyce  Johnson
Released: April 14, 1989

Novelist and Kerouac-memoirist Johnson (Bad Connections; Minor Characters) hits her stride with this bittersweet novel of love and death on the Lower East Side. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"A depressing but fascinating account of one of the sadder figures of modern American letters."
An annotated collection of letters exchanged between novelist Johnson (In the Night Café, 1989, etc.) and Kerouac (1922-69) during the two years (1957-58) of their stormy (and not terribly romantic) love affair. Read full book review >

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THE JOURNAL OF JOYCE CAROL OATES by Joyce Carol Oates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"'Love. Friendship. Art. Work. These are my values,' Oates says. Watching her juggle them in these replete pages is a stimulating experience."
Tensions between public image and private self are engagingly acknowledged and analyzed in illuminating excerpts from journals begun during the second decade of this prolific author's remarkable career. Read full book review >

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HENRIETHA by Joyce M. Johnson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 27, 2010

"Cathartic and politically thoughtful, if didactic and clichéd."
A pair of novellas about friendship and endurance in the face of hardship. Read full book review >

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THE WHALE IN MY SWIMMING POOL by Joyce Wan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Both very silly and very appealing. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A little boy of pleasingly indeterminate ethnicity goes out to his little backyard inflatable pool to find a whale in it. Read full book review >

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BILLY'S BOOGER by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"A zippy piece for readers who share Billy's tastes. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy funnels enthusiasm for monster movies, outer space, and snot into making a picture book for a school contest. Read full book review >

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THE MAN IN THE MOON by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"Here's hoping that future installments in this ambitious series will spend less time on back story and more on story line. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A visual feast cannot compensate for lackluster plotting in this first installment of a new mega-series that involves picture books, chapter books and (of course) a movie. Read full book review >

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BENTLY AND EGG by William Joyce
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

"This will never take the place of Dr. Seuss's Horton, but Bently's discovery that watching over the egg makes him care about it provides an interesting contrast to the elephant's more single- minded loyalty. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bently, an artistic frog, and Kack Kack, a recently widowed duck, are close friends: she takes care of his laundry and admires his drawings; he agrees to watch over her egg when she wants to visit her sister's new ducklings. Read full book review >

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PEEK-A-BOO FARM by Joyce Wan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"In all, a charming introduction to the familiar animals of the farm for youngsters. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
A "guess who" game for very young children introduces seven animals they might meet on a farm. Read full book review >