Search Results: "Karen E. Bender"


BOOK REVIEW

REFUND by Karen E. Bender
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Although her tone can veer toward bitterness, Bender excels at characters on the edge of despair, particularly mothers who resent the children they love."
In these 13 stories, Bender (A Town of Empty Rooms, 2013, etc.) showcases families that "endure" in both senses of the word: suffer patiently and carry on despite enormous travail.Read full book review >

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A TOWN OF EMPTY ROOMS by Karen E. Bender
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"While sometimes annoyingly myopic—Waring's African-Americans are invisible, the white Christians stereotypically one-dimensional—Bender portrays a marriage in crisis with heartbreaking accuracy."
Is it possible to know another person, even one you love, is the question posed in this novel by Bender (Like Normal People, 2000), which dissects a married couple in crisis. Read full book review >

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LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE by Karen E. Bender
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2000

"Beautifully done. Bender has a remarkable gift for showing how the security of family interrelationship warms, chafes, imprisons, and ultimately liberates."
The audience awaiting Oprah's picks will want to know about this highly touted first novel about three generations of women in a painfully bonded southern California family. Read full book review >

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HIDDEN by Karen E. Olson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"In a stand-alone much darker than the books in her Annie Seymour series (Shot Girl, 2009, etc.), Olson provides thrills and spills as her resourceful heroine uses her considerable skills to escape her past."
A woman's criminal past catches up with her. Read full book review >

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BETRAYED  by Karen E. Olson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"The third in this high-tension series (Shadowed, 2016, etc.) is by far the most complex. Newcomers seeking to understand the weird and dangerous world of the hacking community will have to stay on their toes. The finale will leave everyone wanting more."
An addicted hacker struggles to return her life to something that passes for normal. Read full book review >

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GIRAFFE MEETS BIRD by Rebecca Bender
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Sincerely sweet. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The unlikeliest of friendships grows, baby step by baby step. Read full book review >

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DON'T LAUGH AT GIRAFFE by Rebecca Bender
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Ultimately unsatisfying. (Picture book. 4-6)"
An unlikely duo seems to have little rapport with each other until an inordinate amount of teasing leads to some remorse on the part of one friend, while the other becomes less sensitive. Read full book review >

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THE A TO Z BEASTLY JAMBOREE by Robert Bender
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 1996

"An exciting, approachable look at the animal kingdom. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Bender (Toads and Diamonds, 1995, etc.) rises to the demands of the highly structured alphabet-book format. Read full book review >

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CAN'T SIT STILL by Karen E. Lotz
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1993

"A sunny look at inner-city life—now playful, now reflective, but never heavy. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A young African-American wriggles and spins around her urban home and neighborhood, celebrating the seasons with her mother and cat. Read full book review >

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SECONDHAND SMOKE by Karen E. Olson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 6, 2006

"Annie (Sacred Cows, 2005, not reviewed) is a believable heroine whose sassy exploits and muddled love life should make for more exciting adventures."
A cynical reporter investigates an arson and murder in her own neighborhood. Read full book review >

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KAREN ENGLISH
by Megan Labrise

The inspiration for Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner Karen English’s latest middle grade novel all comes down to one unforgettable quote.

“We had a housekeeper,” says English, who was born in 1954 and grew up in Los Angeles, “and she pulled me aside one day, when I was about nine, and told me that, if I ever went ...


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