Search Results: "Lois-Ann Yamanaka"


BOOK REVIEW

BEHOLD THE MANY by Lois-Ann Yamanaka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2006

"Beautifully tragic, this should garner Yamanaka the wider attention she deserves."
In this superb seventh novel from Yamanaka (Father of the Four Passages, 2001, etc.), the ghosts of children curse the living, and a young woman finds salvation in early-20th-century Hawaii. Read full book review >

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FATHER OF THE FOUR PASSAGES by Lois-Ann Yamanaka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A beautifully realized work, imagistic and poetic, awash in the powers of blood and redemption."
The author of the Hilo Trilogy (Blu's Hanging, 1997, etc.) takes a dark and surreal journey into the realm of personal anguish. Read full book review >

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HEADS BY HARRY by Lois-Ann Yamanaka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"One's only complaint is that this essentially reworks, with very similar if not identical characters, the contents of Yamanaka's earlier books."
The conclusion to Honolulu poet and novelist Yamanaka's raffish trilogy (Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers, 1996; Blu's Hanging, 1997) is another agreeably comic tale of growing up absurd amid the natural beauty and polyracial confusion of the islands. Read full book review >

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BLU'S HANGING by Lois-Ann Yamanaka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

Yamanaka's giddy, bawdy, and genuinely moving second novel (Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers, 1996) concerns three Hawaiian Huckleberry Finns, children left motherless and in poverty, who must fend for themselves against a harsh, indifferent world. Read full book review >

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WILD MEAT AND THE BULLY BURGERS by Lois-Ann Yamanaka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Too fragmented at the start, but a finish that's more luminous than a Hawaiian sunset. (Author tour)"
A sharp, funny, and fast-paced (occasionally manic) first novel that takes us backstage in paradise—into the very heart and soul (and guts) of a working-class Japanese-American family on the island of Hawaii. Read full book review >

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LOIS LOWRY by Lois Markham
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"She stuck with it, and the rest is historyand two Newbery medals. (b&w photographs, notes, chronology) (Biography. 10-14)"
Any institution needing works for those writing about authors will find this first installment of the Meet the Author series a serviceable title. Read full book review >

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MARY ANN by Betsy James
by Betsy James, illustrated by Betsy James
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A note offers sensible advice on keeping a mantis. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When her best friend moves away, Amy feels bereft: ``I wish there were hundreds and hundreds of Mary Anns,'' she tells Daddy, imagining that it wouldn't matter, then, if one moved away. Read full book review >

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SALLY ANN THUNDER ANN WHIRLWIND CROCKETT by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The straight-faced recounting of these far-fetched adventures is paced perfectly for a read-aloud; readers will yearn for Kellogg (who includes a careful source note) to hatch still more eggs from his storytelling basket. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
A perennial favorite follows Kellogg's other tall tales (Mike Fink, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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ANN TENNA by Marisa Acocella Marchetto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Zany with a touch of uplifting. You will be measurably hipper after reading it."
A high-spirited graphic novel skewers the Twitterati. Read full book review >

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KEISHA ANN CAN! by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"One caveat: Readers of a certain generation may find themselves reading aloud to the rhythm of the 'Candy Man' song. (Picture book. 4-7)"
With jaunty rhymes and a spunky heroine brimming with a go-to attitude, Kirk's sprightly tale encourages readers to let their inner star shine. Read full book review >

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THANKSGIVING FOR EMILY ANN by Teresa Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"While there are few books that even mention kids' complaints about the November holiday, the majority of Thanksgiving-themed books address gratitude much more meaningfully (and realistically). (Picture book. 3-5)"
A kid's perspective on Thanksgiving Day points out all the inconveniences of the holiday. Read full book review >