Search Results: "Kim Barnes"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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Released: July 12, 1994

"Contributors include Tess Gallagher, Marilynne Robinson, Pam Houston, and Terry Tempest Williams. (Author tour)"
The landscape and culture of the American West has long been associated with reticent, leathery-skinned men. Read full book review >

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FLYAWAY by Lesley Barnes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2016

"Towers and stairways and lots of curlicues will intrigue some viewers, but this sweet concoction of a gift book may have a limited audience. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Feeding the princess craze, this lift-the flap book features a young royal whose bird with beautiful singing voice breaks free from its cage. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A heartening memoir of good food and tough love with a few down-home recipes thrown in."
A memoir of an untrained chef with an English degree who set out to temper bad behavior by serving good food and to change junk-food die-hards into foodies. Read full book review >

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FLASHPOINT by Linda Barnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 8, 1999

"As usual, Barnes's eighth (Cold Case, 1997, etc.) dashes off memorable characters in a few deft strokes, even if some of the most interesting ones have to make way for more standard-issue secrets. ($125,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Carlotta Carlyle's clients might as well be on the Endangered Species list: there aren't many of them, and they don't hang around long. Read full book review >

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A POUND OF FLESH by Trevor Barnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 25, 1993

"Despite some routine police work and a retro damsel-in-distress climax, Barnes achieves a scary intensity in his portrayal of repressed, murderous David: here's a man who really does need to kill."
Scotland Yard Superintendent Blanche Hampton (A Midsummer Night's Killing, 1992) takes on a particularly horrific case: Patricia Hoskin, daughter of a Home Office junior minister, has been strangled and her body mutilated while a recording of the St. Read full book review >