Search Results: "Kirstin Cronn-Mills"


BOOK REVIEW

TRANSGENDER LIVES by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Susan Kuklin's Beyond Magenta (2014), which documents the lives of transgender teens in their own words, is a superior title in every way. (timeline, glossary, notes, bibliography, further information, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
An outsiders' guide to the experiences of transgender individuals. Read full book review >

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BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FOR UGLY CHILDREN by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 8, 2012

"A kind and satisfyingly executed portrait of a music-loving teen coming out as transgender. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Readers first meet Gabe as he DJs his first community-radio show, Beautiful Music for Ugly Children. Read full book review >

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THE SKY ALWAYS HEARS ME AND THE HILLS DON’T MIND by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Her emotional landscape is all shades of gray, and teens might well find it liberating to meet a character who can, in the end, take on life's messiness and forgive it. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Sixteen-year-old Morgan lives in central Nebraska, a fact that, along with PMS and life in general, drives her to the hills to scream her lungs out, usually something along the lines of "DIE ASSHOLE DIE." Read full book review >

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LGBTQ+ ATHLETES CLAIM THE FIELD by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"High appeal for both athletes and those who support LGBTQ rights. (timeline, source notes, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Hope is found in the past for present and future athletes who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning/queer, or other. Read full book review >

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ORIGINAL FAKE by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 19, 2016

"Inky comics washed and textured with bright orange are interspersed throughout—a fine embellishment in this distinctive, smart novel. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Loner artist Frankie struggles with his family when he helps a street artist renowned in his hometown near the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2009

"Fascinating, if academic portrayal of an inspiring legislator and reformer."
Pultizer Prize-winning journalist Downey deconstructs the life of a passionate labor advocate who became the nation's first female Cabinet member. Read full book review >

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ISABELLA by Kirstin Downey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A strong, fascinating woman, Isabella helped to usher in the modern age, and this rich, clearly written biography is a worthy chronicle of her impressive yet controversial life."
Downey (The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR'S Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience, 2009) brings her journalistic expertise to this excellent chronicle of the end of the Middle Ages and that time period's most significant female figures. Read full book review >

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SOY SAUCE FOR BEGINNERS by Kirstin Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Comparisons with Lin's new-fangled sauce—short on depth and complexity—are inevitable given the conventional flavor of Chen's readable but lightweight debut."
East or West, music studies or the family business, authentic soy sauce or a cheaper modern alternative? These are the choices facing droopy Gretchen Lin in a pleasant if generic tale of roots and romance. Read full book review >

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CLOTHED, FEMALE FIGURE by Kirstin Allio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Marvels of craft and insight."
First collection by a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and author of Garner (2005), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times' Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. Read full book review >

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NIGHT AT THE FIESTAS by Kirstin Valdez Quade
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2015

"Quade is a writer to watch."
Debut collection of stories set in New Mexico from an award-winning writer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A wonderfully rich dip into American cheese, which, contrary to what many may think, 'has more styles than the pope has gilded white robes in his Vatican armoire.'"
A varied exploration of some of America's most delightful artisan cheeses. Read full book review >

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THE RAG COAT by Lauren Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Minna's family can't afford a coat for her, but Papa keeps her warm in winter with a burlap sack and Mama's patchwork quilt; this happy family understands that ``People only need people, and nothing else.'' Soon, Minna loses one of those people: Papa, a coal miner, gets the lung sickness and dies, after urging eight- year-old Minna to start school. Read full book review >