Search Results: "June Hopkins"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"Nevertheless, Hopkins's research adds considerably to the history of modern American welfare policy. (7 b&w photos, not seen)"
A scholarly biography of one of the great American policy makers and innovators of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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FAMILIAR ACTS by June Barraclough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 22, 1994

"Their romance, too dependent on ridiculous intrigue, is unconvincing, and in the end, the book is just as statically beholden to genre conventions as Hester's father is to Victorian ones."
Barraclough (Kindred Spirits, 1989, etc.) makes a big deal of a morass of lies and sexual misalliances beneath the strictly moralistic faáade of a Victorian English family. Read full book review >

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SMOKE by Ellen Hopkins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A strong, painful and tender piece about wresting hope from the depths of despair. (author's note) (Verse fiction. 13-17)"
Two sisters wrestle with guilt and fear after one kills the father who battered them. Read full book review >

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PERFECT by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"This page-turner pulls no emotional punches; readers should find Impulse (2007) first, because this is a sequel at heart, and knowing the prior work in advance adds crucial layers of meaning. (author's note) (Fiction. 13-17)"
While not razor-edged like her previous work, Hopkins' portrait of four 12th-graders who are expected to be perfect will nonetheless keep teens up all night reading. Read full book review >

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GLASS by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"Hypnotically sad, with a realistic lack of closure. (Fiction. YA)"
Kristina continues to dance with the monster of crystal methamphetamine, her fragmented emotions and cloudy denial displayed keenly by Hopkins's shards of free verse. Read full book review >

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FALLOUT by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"This loosely reality-based conclusion (Hopkins's daughter is the real 'Kristina,' but her actual kids are much younger) will heartily satisfy series fans despite gratuitous emphasis on the bestseller-driven fame of the author's fictionalized alter ego. (author's note) (Fiction. YA)"
Crank (2004) and Glass (2007) readers will relish this look at Kristina's three oldest children, now teenagers, all conceived in the chaos of crystal-meth addiction. Read full book review >

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Released: July 14, 2008

"A novel that asks what torture is, how far it can go and why society allows it as a means to an end."
Former Army intelligence officer John Powers, back in the States from Iraq, is arrested after a vigilante campaign to rid his neighborhood of drugs and undergoes a series of brutal interrogations in this nihilistic screed set in the near future. Read full book review >

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MISSING WOMEN AND OTHERS by June Spence
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 20, 1998

"A promising debut."
A first collection from the winner of the 1995 Willa Cather Fiction contest: 15 stories, some having appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Seventeen, and The Oxford Review, by a southern writer who excels at charting the minor victories that briefly relieve dreary lives. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Moving, inspiring at best; mildly informative but too often sketchy."
Essays by the activist poet (Civil Wars, 1981, etc.) that offer moments of insight or interpretation but are best for fellow progressives. Read full book review >

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Released: June 6, 1998

"A chatty memorial with too much verbiage. (9 illustrations)"
A seasoned curator and historian of Shakeriana (By Shaker Hands, 1975) here fondly remembers her summerlong stay, 26 years ago, at Canterbury Shaker Village in New Hampshire, then a living religious community. Read full book review >