Search Results: "Kathleen Hirsch"


BOOK REVIEW

Krazy Kathleen by William Tellem
Released: Feb. 10, 2016

"A lighthearted ode to books featuring eye-catching, funny pictures of an eccentric character."
A children's librarian who keeps everything in seemingly random piles teaches local residents a lesson in this tale by Tellem (Zen the Zebra, 2015, etc.), featuring illustrations by Coules. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2001

"A humorless journey of self-discovery marked by annoying pretensions and an of superiority."
A middle-aged yuppie's overwritten account of her discovery that there's more to life than a prestigious job. Read full book review >

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A HOME IN THE HEART OF A CITY by Kathleen Hirsch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A worthwhile story of urban renewal that needs to exhibit, in its telling, some awareness that it isn—t unique and more of the unassuming naturalness it admires."
Hirsch (Mothers, not reviwed; Songs from the Alley, 1989) reflects with unrestrained satisfaction on her experiences of urban community renewal in Jamaica Plain (J.P.), Boston. Read full book review >

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SONGS FROM THE ALLEY by Kathleen Hirsch
Released: April 15, 1989

The separate stories of two young suburban women who ended up homeless in Boston—interwoven with a history of poverty and aid programs in the US, an account of attempts to combat homelessness in Boston today, and the author's reflections on community. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Strong stories, a startling variety of voices, and some very precise meditations on the nature of modern motherhood combine to create a unique, useful, moving anthology."
``I could feel my life changing, the old familiar parts of it crumbling away and a new shape emerging.'' The narrator of Mary Grimm's ``Before,'' reflecting on her emotions as she is being wheeled into a delivery room, sounds a note repeated, with some artful variations, in many of the reprinted tales in this diverse collection: Motherhood changes everything. Read full book review >

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KATHLEEN, PLEASE COME HOME by Scott O'Dell
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1978

"Of course this sort of material has an enduring fascination for daydreaming stay-at-homes."
The diary of a runaway girl, whose dismal experiences are attributed largely to "going along" with a bad companion. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Those who crave innovation should look elsewhere, but Raine's work will please readers with more conservative tastes."
Quiet strength and humility infuse the oeuvre of this British nonagenarian, whose first book of verse appeared in 1943—although this volume really should have been called "selected," as the poet has chosen to exclude many poems from the books that comprise it. Read full book review >

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VARMINTS by Andy Hirsch
by Andy Hirsch, illustrated by Andy Hirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Yee-haw! Pa never does show up, but there are plainly more misadventures in store before trail's end. (Graphic Western. 11-13)"
Two children get into one pickle after another as they search the Old West for their elusive dad. Read full book review >

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DARIUS BELL AND THE GLITTER POOL by Odo Hirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Hirsch's dry, understated humor and his subtly charming characters, who are willing to put up with one another's foibles and eccentricities, however annoying, for the sake of friendship. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The scion of a once-prominent, wealthy family, Hector Bell engages in ingenious bartering and wishful thinking to support his wife and sons, Cyrus and Darius, on the decaying estate, while he writes stories no one wants to read. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"Whatever that impulse is—whatever the duende—Hirsch doesn't corral it. Maybe Charlie Parker came closer when he said, 'It is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom.'"
Poet Hirsch (How to Read a Poem, 1999, etc.) struggles to put his finger on the source of artistic inspiration but winds up mainly with a commonplace look at other people's takes on the matter. Read full book review >

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BREAKAWAY by Jeff Hirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Only for series fans who haven't moved on. (Mutiplatform fiction. 9-12)"
The Cahill kids continue their clue quest to save the world. Read full book review >

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HAZEL GREEN by Odo Hirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Readers who enjoy meeting strong-minded characters who can shrug off reverses, muse over similarities between a flower bouquet and a poem, and speak as equals both to grownups and other children, will be delighted with Hazel Green. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Here's a young mover-and-shaker who will stay with readers for a long time. Read full book review >