Search Results: "Kirby Gann"


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GHOSTING by Kirby Gann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2012

"Hillbilly noir as literary fiction of the first order."
Mister Greuel never could abide chaos. Now "product" is missing, along with his best salesman, a "laker" named Fleece Skaggs. Such it is that sets a drug-dealing Kentucky enterprise unraveling in Gann's (Our Napoleon in Rags, 2005, etc.) third novel. Read full book review >

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OUR NAPOLEON IN RAGS by Kirby Gann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Impressive and ambitious work from a talent to watch closely."
Second-novelist Gann (The Barbarian Parade, 2002) delves into the lives of eccentric and semi-lost regulars at a bar in a forsaken part of town. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 29, 2016

"Brilliantly comic, pleasingly discursive, admirably dexterous, this narrative poem is a tour de force."
As told in rhyming couplets, when a sneaky dog steals a scrupulous dog's hole, things fall apart, sparking philosophical reflections. Read full book review >

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LIBERTY by Kirby Larson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Practically perfect. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A white boy's love for a dog crosses social divisions in this World War II story. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET HISTORY OF US by Jessi Kirby
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A weightless romance meant to elucidate that one's true self is unsinkable. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Given a second chance at life, Liv must unravel the mysteries occluded by her memory loss. Read full book review >

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GOLDEN by Jessi Kirby
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 14, 2013

"A satisfying counterpoint to conventional romantic teen fiction. (Fiction. 12-17)"
The chance discovery of a private journal leads 17-year-old Parker Frost on a journey in which she finds out as much about herself as about the mystery she is trying to solve. Read full book review >

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THE CLOCKWORK THREE by Matthew Kirby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"An interesting concept, but it needed a little more time to come together. (Steampunk. 9-14)"
Three poor children leading separate lives find friendship and marvel in a late-19th-century alternative-American city. Read full book review >

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THINGS WE KNOW BY HEART by Jessi Kirby
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2015

"Just the thing for a day or two at the beach. (Romance. 11-16)"
Trent died in a car accident 400 days ago, leaving Quinn, his girlfriend, with crushing, unremitting grief that has derailed her life. Read full book review >

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RAGE IN PARIS by Kirby Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Williams is a first-time novelist, and it shows. The point of view teeters between Urby's flashy first-person observations and a blander third-person narrative. Yet the book's ragbag-deco milieu enhances its perversely anachronistic appeal."
A raucous exercise in screwball historical fiction with some hard-boiled action blended in. Read full book review >

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DASH by Kirby Larson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"This emotionally satisfying and thought-provoking book will have readers pulling for Mitsi and Dash. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old Mitsi Kashino and her family are forced to move to a Japanese internment camp following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Read full book review >

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FIVE THOUSAND YEARS OF SLAVERY by Marjorie Gann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 11, 2011

"For timeliness, international focus and, particularly, accuracy, this leaves Richard Watkins' Slavery: Bondage Throughout History (2001) in the dust as a first look at a terrible topic. (timeline, index; notes and sources on an associated website) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Sandwiched between telling lines from the epic of Gilgamesh ("…the warrior's daughter, the young man's bride, / he uses her, no one dares to oppose him") and the exposure of a migrant worker-trafficking ring in Florida in the mid-1990s, this survey methodically presents both a history of the slave trade and what involuntary servitude was and is like in a broad range of times and climes. Read full book review >

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SPEAK A WORD FOR FREEDOM by Janet Willen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An inspiring collection of those who have fought and continue to fight against the evil of slavery and an effectively solemn reminder that slavery remains a global plague. (photos, source notes, index) (Collective biography. 12-16)"
The authors of the outstanding global history Five Thousand Years of Slavery (2011) offer an equally impressive collection of 14 profiles of women who, from the 18th century to the present, have heroically championed emancipation and an end to human bondage. Read full book review >