Search Results: "Julia Keller"


BOOK REVIEW

LAST RAGGED BREATH by Julia Keller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A beautifully crafted mystery in which Keller (Summer of the Dead, 2014, etc.) explores love, hate, and poverty in a place of stunning natural beauty with pockets of overwhelming ugliness. The ending may leave you in tears."
A West Virginia prosecutor has an uneasy feeling about her latest case. Read full book review >

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SUMMER OF THE DEAD by Julia Keller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"In her powerfully written third appearance, Bell (Bitter River, 2013, etc.) emerges as a compelling heroine with an especially vexing mystery to solve."
Even though her life seems to be spiraling out of control, Bell Elkins still has to care for her family members and do her job as a West Virginia county prosecutor. Read full book review >

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BACK HOME by Julia Keller
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Most likely to resonate with children of seriously wounded veterans (who may find the lack of hope discouraging but accurate), Rachel's slow-paced tale lacks significant general appeal. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Rachel's father, a member of the National Guard, has come back from Iraq with a serious head injury and without one arm and one leg. Read full book review >

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BITTER RIVER by Julia Keller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A worthy follow-up to Bell's debut (A Killing in the Hills, 2012): a literate, gritty, character-driven tale with another surprise ending."
A tough prosecutor in a small West Virginia town battles criminals and inner demons. Read full book review >

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FAST FALLS THE NIGHT by Julia Keller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Keller's prose is so pure that her exploration of the desperate scourge of drugs and poverty and her forecast of a grim future for her heroine are a joy to read."
A macabre 24 hours discloses a world of pain for Raythune County, West Virginia. Read full book review >

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THE DARK INTERCEPT by Julia Keller
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Middling and undercooked, redeemed by characters and ideas. (Dystopian adventure. 12-adult)"
At the end of the 23rd century, government surveillance uses weaponized emotions to control the population. Read full book review >

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SORROW ROAD by Julia Keller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Although this isn't the best of Keller's deeply nuanced, beautifully written examinations of life and death in hardscrabble coal country (Last Ragged Breath, 2015, etc.), its exploration of the ravages of Alzheimer's is deeply moving."
A deadly accident in 1938 West Virginia is the impetus for several modern murders. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2008

"Overheated prose only slightly mars this colorful portrait of an underappreciated American inventor and his times."
Passionate biography of the inventor of the first practical machine gun. Read full book review >

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A KILLING IN THE HILLS by Julia Keller
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"A fictional debut for a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, born and raised in West Virginia, whose love for the state, filled with natural beauty and deep poverty, pervades a mystery that has plenty of twists and turns and a shocking conclusion."
A tough prosecutor who's trying to make a difference in the lives of West Virginians suddenly finds her own life in shambles. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

JULIA GLASS
by Kerri Arsenault

Julia Glass, author of A House Among the Trees, speaks to me wearing sweaty badminton clothes. Marblehead, Massachusetts, where she lives, operates one of the few remaining private badminton clubs—Gut‘n Feathers—in the United States. “If I have a routine, it’s not writing; it’s playing badminton as often as I can,” she says. Her love of the sport mirrors the ...


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HOT NEW RELEASES
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

This week I’m wishing desperately to be at BEA, but since I can’t manage that, I’m immersing myself in some great reads. You too?

Over the past month, I was lucky enough to get my hands (and ears) on a few new releases from some favorite authors.

If you’ve had the chance to read any of these, I’d ...


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BOOK REVIEW

HELP! by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Touches like the rosy blush on Mouse's face when he realizes that Snake has rescued him give the somewhat stylized figures the necessary spark of life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A predictable story with a clear moral lesson. Read full book review >