Search Results: "Ken Wells"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A heartfelt tribute to badly battered folks whose 'gritty blue-collar pluck,' declares Wells, may yet save their bayou way of life."
Vivid re-creation of Hurricane Katrina's devastating impact on an unusual fishing community outside New Orleans. Read full book review >

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JUNIOR’S LEG by Ken Wells
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2001

"Consistently lukewarm plot and painfully tidy conclusion, but Junior's character is strongly written, and Wells's sense of place confers a pleasing authority to his Cajun-style prose."
A mildly interesting concoction from the author of Meely LaBauve (2000), this one featuring a down-and-out roustabout, a Mafia murder, and true love in the heart of a hard man, all of it fed through spicy regional dialect and local coloration. Read full book review >

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CRAWFISH MOUNTAIN by Ken Wells
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2007

"Despite a less-than-formidable villain in Huff, and a tortuously convoluted plot, there's much to entertain and engage crawfish, jambalaya and Dixie beer aficionados, not the least Wells' sharp ear for dialogue and his Cajun nostalgia for the 'forest primeval.'"
Cajuns battle Big Oil to protect their bayou patrimony in Well's farcical fourth (Logan's Storm, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 6, 2004

"In the newspaper world they call it 'reporting from the mahogany ridge,' where so many fine stories, social truths, and bits of political wisdom are revealed."
"America's great middlebrow social elixir, and inseparable companion to the sporting and spectator life, the portal to first intoxication, the workingman's Valium, and a leavening staple to the college experience" finds a worthy explicator of its whys and wherefores. Read full book review >

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LOGAN’S STORM by Ken Wells
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"Wall Street Journal editor Wells can turn a charming phrase—sometimes to the point of the saccharine—but this last of his bayou trilogy never matures into more than a string of picaresque adventures."
A Cajun alligator hunter goes on the run after standing up to a racist sheriff whose nephew attacked his son. Read full book review >

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CYANIDE WELLS by Marcia Muller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2003

"A little hokey sometimes, but Muller's best plotting in years makes it irresistible."
Furloughing Sharon McCone after 22 cases (Dead Midnight, 2002, etc.), Muller delivers a brisk, tidy number without her. Read full book review >

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THE WELLS BEQUEST by Polly Shulman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2013

"A clever, sparky adventure made of science fiction, philosophy and humor. (author's note, librarian's note) (Science fiction. 10 & up)"
In this stand-alone companion to The Grimm Legacy (2010), the most extraordinary library in the world makes physical impossibilities possible. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1991

"No bibliography, sources, or index. (Biography. 7-9)"
Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) was a journalist whose lifelong fight against discrimination began at age 16. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"A moving tribute to an artist who should not be forgotten."
From journalist and Motown chronicler Benjaminson (The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard, 2009, etc.), a compelling, sympathetic biography of Motown's first diva Mary Wells (1943-1992). Read full book review >

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RASCAL by Ken Wells
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

In this new novel geared toward younger readers, Wells brings back Meely LaBauve, the hero of his young adult trilogy set in the South Louisiana bayous. Read full book review >

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IDA B. WELLS by Walter Dean Myers
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"The design sets the staunch advocate's quotations off from Myers's accessible account, printing them in a typeface as bold as their speaker. (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
In spite of adversity, or because of it, Ida B. Wells served as a catalyst in the civil-rights movement. Read full book review >