Search Results: "Kathy Osborn"


BOOK REVIEW

THE EMPEROR'S GARDEN by Ferida Wolff
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A fine little cautionary tale, complemented by Osborn's pictures: smart, flat stylizations, rich in color and detail. (Picture book. 5+)"
It was a poor but agreeable village in China, where all could call each other a friend. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"That aside, this is an amusing compilation of strange truths that can be enjoyed despite its confusing presentation. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
What at first appears to be a collection of urban legends is instead a list of 16 amazing animal tales from around the world. Read full book review >

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THE SOUTHERNMOST CAT by John Cech
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Osborn's vibrant, evocative gouaches—in frames featuring cirrus, cumulus, and stratus clouds in a variety of configurations—sail right along with the narrative's fanciful tack. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Off the coast of Key West, Florida, drifting on a sea of memories, floats Ernesto the cat, wetting his line in hopes of a meal. Read full book review >

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THE JOKE'S ON GEORGE by Michael O. Tunnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A handsome, entertaining glimpse of times past. (Picture book. 5-9)"
...Washington, that is, in a delightful vignette narrated by Rembrandt Peale—in whose father's remarkable museum the incident took place and on whose memoirs this account is based. Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON A PRINCESS AND A PEA by Ann Campbell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"Not essential, but fun. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Concocting an awkward title based on the original plus the musical's Once Upon a Mattress (1959), Campbell updates the tale (bent on self-determination, ``Princess Esmerelda'' runs away to escape marriage to a toothless older man; ``Prince Hector'' drives a red sports car; etc.) and extends it from Andersen's page or two to a lengthy story full of whimsically satirical descriptions. Read full book review >

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DURATIONS by Carolyn Osborn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Monotonous personal history coupled with interesting essays on world travel."
A Texas-based author shares her family history and travelogues. Read full book review >

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MURDER ON THE CHESAPEAKE by David Osborn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1992

"Excellent depiction of boarding-school life, and Margaret, immensely toned down after Murder on Martha's Vineyard, is a likable, middle-aged sleuth—though the plot she perambulates through is still silly and implausible."
Hot-air balloon enthusiast Margaret Barlow returns to her alma mater, the snobby Brides Hall, to check up on her granddaughter after the death of a scholarship student, Mary Hughes, who was found hanged (murder? suicide?) in the bell tower. Read full book review >

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PATCHWORK by Karen Osborn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1991

"But her story is essentially undramatic, which is what keeps it from achieving the cathartic resonance of the tonally similar novels of Alice Walker."
A carefully crafted first novel by poet Osborn that touches in on the lives of three sisters raised in a dusty South Carolina milltown. Read full book review >

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BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY by Karen Osborn
Released: March 1, 1996

"The letters here, though richly detailed, are secondary to the landscape that Osborn, a poet and novelist (Patchwork, 1991), renders as a splendidly vital presence, vying with Abigail for center stage. (Author tour)"
An epistolary novel that, while not scanting the hardships and tragedies of pioneer life, luminously evokes a pristine northern New Mexico. Read full book review >

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SURVIVING THE WRECK by Susan Osborn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 1992

"The result is a wreck with no survivors and a story with no heroes—a timely but irritating tale."
In Osborn's vitriolic first novel, a young woman grapples with the crippling legacy of her dysfunctional family—a struggle charged with universal loathing and extreme self-pity, making for an unusually unpleasant debut. Read full book review >

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WARRIORS AND MAIDENS by Carolyn Osborn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 1991

"Gentle stories, then, good with setting and themes of loss."
Thirteen stories, comprising Osborn's third collection (A Horse of Another Color, Fields of Memory) that are mainly set in Mexico and the Southwest and concern women faced with love and inevitable loss. ``The Grands,'' an O. Henry winner, is about the attempt to reconstruct the past in a story of the early 20th century told by a grandmother to the narrator. ``The truth,'' the narrator comes to see, ``is sometimes a poor, sad thing.'' The title novella focuses on Tim Warren, an expatriate history professor in Mexico (``At least in Mexico they didn't tear up the cities''). Read full book review >

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THE RIVER ROAD by Karen Osborn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Carefully constructed and well told: a work of tremendous, quiet power."
Osborn (Between Earth and Sky, 1996, etc.) offers a haunting tale of the grief, jealousy, recrimination, and revenge in the wake of a young man's accidental death. Read full book review >