Search Results: "Marion Hess Pomeranc"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CAN-DO THANKSGIVING by Marion Hess Pomeranc
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The story is driven by good intentions rather than character and plot; Cote's amiable illustrations feature a multicultural cast, but also gloss over and further trivialize the problems of the homeless and the hungry. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A feel-good title that nearly collapses under the weight of its sincerity. Read full book review >

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THE AMERICAN WEI by Marion Hess Pomeranc
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Pomeranc keeps the tone light-hearted and reassuring, showing only the sunny side of coming to America—and missing some of the details found in Maggie Rugg Herold's A Very Important Day (1995). (Picture book. 4-10)"
Wei Fong and his parents have immigrated to America from China, and they're about to become citizens. Read full book review >

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MADNESS IN MAGGODY by Joan Hess
Released: Jan. 11, 1990

Another jolly episode in the life and times of fey-filled Maggody, Arkansas (Strangled Prose, etc.), where Arly Hanks is police chief and her mother Ruby Bee runs the local bar and grill. Read full book review >

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DEATH BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 9, 1992

"Whimsy-laden, mildly entertaining, mediocre Hess."
Echoes of Arsenic and Old Lace flutter through this chronicle of the eccentric Malloys of Louisiana. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The black-and-white images project a deep antiquity situated squarely in the present, skillfully conveying both the respect accorded these creatures and the wholesale joy and sense of community the whales bring to the far, far north."
Through intensely atmospheric pictures and a rawboned text, photographer and journalist Hess documents here his 20-year association with the annual I§upiat whale hunt in Barrow, Akaska. Read full book review >

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POISONED PINS by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 12, 1993

"Amiable but often dull fare."
Adventure #8 for Farberville's bookstore owner Claire Malloy (Death by the Light of the Moon, etc.), widowed mother of teenager- from-hell Caron and sometime lover of police lieutenant Peter Rosen. Read full book review >

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MARTIANS IN MAGGODY by Joan Hess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

"Even if the Maggody formula—a murder plot and principals from outside, uninterrupted comic relief from regulars too lovable in their cunning stupidity to be suspects—isn't as fresh as it once was, this installment is certified merriment. (Author tour)"
Hess, whose recent chronicles of Maggody (O Little Town of Maggody, 1993, etc.), Ark., have tended to import visitors who made the zany locals act even zanier, strikes a rich lode of lunacy when a mysterious limo marks the advent of a series of UFO sightings and an otherworldly pattern of circles pressed into the cornfield of moonshiner Raz Buchanon, of one the seedier branches of Maggody's First Family. Read full book review >

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O LITTLE TOWN OF MAGGODY by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 16, 1993

"A fast, funny, amiably sardonic look at the forces behind the myths of stardom—and a marvelous treat for Maggody fans (Maggody in Manhattan, etc.)."
The zany citizens of Maggody, Arkansas, now in the grip of a recession, meet the mostly messed-up performers and handlers of the C&W music world when small-time record company executives Pierce and Ripley Keswick decide to polish the tarnished image of their hard-drinking mega-star Matt Montana. Read full book review >

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TICKLED TO DEATH by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 16, 1994

"There's more, much more, in this quagmire of a plot, bogged down with paper-thin characters, heavy-handed whimsy, a denouement that defies belief, and a heroine who grows ever more unappealing. (Author tour)"
A ninth adventure for Farberville's nosy bookstore owner Claire Malloy (Poisoned Pins, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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OUT ON A LIMB by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 11, 2002

"A lot more antic than Claire's usual fare, though fans looking for a more successful mixture of mystery and farce should wait for Hess's next dispatch from Maggody, Arkansas, miles and worlds away from Claire's Fayetteville."
Bookseller Claire Malloy (A Conventional Corpse, 2000, etc.) knows when her daughter has a real problem and when she's just acting like a teenager. Read full book review >

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BUSY BODIES by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 19, 1995

"Die-hard fans may accept the frenetic plotting; others will direct heartfelt sympathies to Lieutenant Peter Rosen."
Farberville, Ark., home to Claire Malloy (Tickled to Death, 1994, etc.)—queen of the busybodies, owner of the local bookstore, and mother of wearing teenager Caron—is agog over the antics of bankable Houston artist Zeno Gorgias. Read full book review >

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PRIDE V. PREJUDICE by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 2015

"Even a dreamboat husband and a dream house don't seem to satisfy Claire, whose sulky sense of amour-propre makes her teenage daughter, Caron, seem mature."
Bookseller Claire Malloy (Murder as a Second Language, 2013, etc.) gets pissed off at a local prosecutor. Read full book review >