Search Results: "Kaui Hart Hemmings"


BOOK REVIEW

JUNIORS by Kaui Hart Hemmings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Wryly funny, generous-hearted, garnished with sun, surfing, and shave ice—a genuinely literary beach read. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Moving to Hawaii and enrolling at prestigious Punahou midyear, Lea feels isolated and, despite her island roots, uncertain where she fits in the complex cultural mosaic; everything changes when her mother, Ali, accepts Eddie and Melanie West's offer of their guesthouse in upscale Kahala. Read full book review >

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THE POSSIBILITIES by Kaui Hart Hemmings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Emotionally complex and relatable to all, it will be particularly understandable to those who've experienced the inexplicable, devastating loss of a loved one."
Three months after an avalanche killed her son, a single mother takes tentative steps toward healing in Hemmings' (The Descendants, 2007, etc.) astute and sensitive examination of relationships, loss and grief. Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF THIEVES by Kaui Hart Hemmings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2005

"The undertow of these dark and seductive tales is irresistible."
Debut collection set in a paradise forever lost to the privileged elite who, in their search for love and retribution, despoil Hawaii's exotic beauty and indigenous culture. Read full book review >

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THE DESCENDANTS by Kaui Hart Hemmings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2007

"Hemmings pulls off a remarkable feat in making the Kings' sense of loss all the more wrenching for being directed at a woman who was neither a good wife nor a good mother."
Hemming's first novel expands on a short story, "The Minor Wars," that appeared in her debut story collection (House of Thieves, 2005) about a self-consciously privileged Hawaiian family in crisis. Read full book review >

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HOW TO PARTY WITH AN INFANT by Kaui Hart Hemmings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"From the plucky heroine whose life is not very hard to the easy potshots at stereotypical monster-moms, this novel is so contrived it's hard to believe it comes from the same author as the emotionally wrenchingThe Descendents (2007)."
From Hemmings (Juniors, 2015, etc.), a potato-chip-thin comedy about a single mother in San Francisco hoping to win a cookbook competition. Read full book review >

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Split Brain by Kyle Hemmings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2016

"A bold, if opaque, collection that often feels like avant-garde poetry compressed from stanzas to paragraphs."
A short fiction and poetry specialist collects 33 pieces of experimental, surreal, and mildly otherworldly prose. Read full book review >

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PHANTASIZER by Kyle Hemmings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2013

"Stories that are irreverent just as often as they're unnerving—and sometimes a bit of both."
Hemmings' (You Never Die in Wholes, 2012, etc.) collection offers a grab bag of short, eccentric tales, from the truly disturbing to the comical and even gleefully bizarre.Read full book review >

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FUTURE WARS by Kyle Hemmings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2017

"An alluring, well-composed look at conflict."
The new collection of poetry and prose from Hemmings (The Truth about Onions, 2017, etc.) features surrealist fables of wartime.Read full book review >

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MERWIN by Christopher Hart
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Merwin does pull a fast one on the zookeeper by claiming he is Merwin in disguise, giving a small 'what is reality' twist to the story, but it's not enough to elevate it beyond its one-note joke into an entertainment. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Cartoonist and bestselling author of drawing books, Hart's first picture book is goofy all over, but whether or not that is intentional is open to debate. Read full book review >

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ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A bracing, deeply saddening journey into death and loss whose wryly affirmative resolution, 'joy breaking through the storm clouds,' is nothing but hard won."
What happens to you when your child dies? "You fall," writes cartoonist and bereaved father Hart (Sequential Art/Univ. of Florida), "into a hole." Read full book review >

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UNDEAD WITH BENEFITS by Jeff Hart
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"These zombies are so touchingly human it's impossible not to love them. (Horror. 14-18)"
Zombies Jake and Amanda head to Iowa for a hoped-for cure, psychic ex–government agent Cass in tow. Read full book review >