Search Results: "Judy Shepard"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2009

"Honest and inspiring."
A mother's memoir of her young son, his murder and the effect on a galvanized public. Read full book review >

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ELVIS HORNBILL, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS BIRD by Steve Shepard
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1991

A role-reversal for the 90's: the narrator and his wife, Americans living in Africa, adopt a hornbill and name him Elvis, hoping he'll become a rock star. Read full book review >

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FOLLOW ME by Sara Shepard
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Skip. (Mystery. 14-16)"
The teenage detectives from The Amateurs (2016) return, sent on a chase by their adversary. Read full book review >

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THE CELESTIALS by Karen Shepard
Released: June 11, 2013

"Balancing cultural history with soap opera isn't easy, but Shepard manages to succeed on both counts."
Shepard's (An Empire of Women, 2000, etc.) latest novel is based on a true piece of labor history: In 1870, Calvin Sampson, who owned a shoe factory in North Adams, Mass., broke a strike by importing 75 Chinese immigrants who worked at reduced rates. Read full book review >

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YOU THINK THAT'S BAD by Jim Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2011

"The narrator of one story in this collection writes that, when the weather rages, communication is 'reduced to hand signals with mittens.' Some of this writing feels like that."
A story collection of expansive postmodernism that combines bursts of humor with flashes of tragedy. Read full book review >

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JIM SHEPARD
by Vincent Scarpa

“I’m trying to put less food on my kids’ tables,” Jim Shepard jokes. This, in reference to the years he spent researching the Minoan eruption of Thera—a catastrophic volcanic event in mid-second millennium B.C.E.—with the intent to write something fairly substantial about it and ending up instead with “Cretan Love Song,” a story that, at ...


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ETERNITY by Lucius Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2005

"Shepard's mastery of technique, surrealism and sheer spectacle blazes forth, but beneath the razzle-dazzle lies—nothing much."
Death and the afterlife are predominant themes in these seven tales from Shepard (Valentine, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 17, 2008

"Contains a number of intriguing, new details that diminish the standing of those who drove Nixon from office."
A Nixon White House staffer revisits Watergate and deems it principally "a highly partisan political maneuver led by, and for the benefit of, Teddy Kennedy." Read full book review >

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JUBILEE KING by Jesse Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Weak stories, artificial people, real horses."
First-timer Shepard writes here about people and horses: far more convincingly so with the horses. Read full book review >

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AN EMPIRE OF WOMEN by Karen Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A cerebral study of self-absorbed women that never dares to question its own artistic pretensions."
A half-successful debut focusing on three very different women and the family ties that keep them together despite their outsider status in three different cultures: Chinese, French, and American. Read full book review >

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CRUISING PARADISE by Sam Shepard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 1996

"Even if he weren't a major playwright, Shepard would merit attention for this powerful prose fiction."
Playwright and actor Shepard's (Motel Chronicles, 1983, etc.) first fiction explores many of the same themes as his best plays: the relations of fathers and sons, the transition to manhood, the lure of the open road, the endless skies out west, loneliness, and the silences that punctuate everyday life. Read full book review >