Search Results: "Kim Barnes"


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A COUNTRY CALLED HOME by Kim Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2008

"Resonant with themes of longing and loss, but too self-conscious for its own good."
Poet/memoirist Barnes' second novel (Finding Caruso, 2003) traces the impact of a young couple's impetuous decision to seek a new life in Idaho. Read full book review >

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FRIDAY BARNES, GIRL DETECTIVE by R.A. Spratt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Delightful, highly logical, and well-informed fun. (Mystery. 8-12)"
She's only 11, but she's smarter and better informed than most adults, and she's determined to solve mysteries for a living. Read full book review >

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IN THE WILDERNESS by Kim Barnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 1996

"This is also a book about humility, and how one is of one's origins, no matter how far a person has traveled in imagination, artistry, and insight."
A poet's sad and beautiful memoir about growing up in Idaho logging country, in the complicated bosom of a fundamentalist Christian family. Read full book review >

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FRIDAY BARNES, UNDER SUSPICION by R.A. Spratt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A cliffhanger ending will have readers drumming their fingers as they wait for the next episode. (Mystery. 8-12)"
As in series opener Friday Barnes, Girl Detective (2016), instead of just one mystery, Friday confronts a series of strange happenings in her school, posh Highcrest Academy. Read full book review >

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IN THE KINGDOM OF MEN by Kim Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2012

"Barnes writes poetically and intensely about personal conflict and subtly informs the reader about continuing Western misunderstandings of Middle Eastern culture."
When her husband Mason gets a job with Aramco, Oklahoman Gin McPhee moves from small-town life to a wider—and wilder—world of privilege, corruption and Middle Eastern geopolitics in the 1960s. Read full book review >

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FINDING CARUSO by Kim Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2003

"A standard coming-of-ager, told in a polished if somewhat precious voice ('I abide in the whisper of wind through an old mare's bones') that sounds more evocative of Greenwich Village than Idaho."
A Brontë-esque debut novel about wretched families, childhood grief, love and betrayal, by poet and memoirist Barnes (Hungry for the World, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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Released: March 7, 2012

"An unusual concept and strong characters shine through stilted writing and unbelievable plot devices."
Accomplished business writer Barnes (Consulting on the Inside, 2011, etc.) makes her first foray into mystery, with murder, mergers and mayhem. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2006

"Like a visit with very honest, very smart friends."
Wide-ranging essays about being female and middle-aged, collected by memoirist Barnes (Hungry for the World, 2000, etc.) and novelist Davis (Winter Range, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A meticulously detailed feat of rare footage inside the DPRK's propaganda machinery."
Exhaustively researched, highly engrossing chronicle of the outrageous abduction of a pair of well-known South Korean filmmakers by the nefarious network of North Korea's Kim Jong-Il. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS KIM AND TOO MUCH TRUTH by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Clearly character education, subtlety is sacrificed to purpose, but it sparkles nevertheless. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Honesty may be the best policy, but Kim's zeal takes this valuable idiom to the extreme. Read full book review >