Search Results: "Mary Beth Keane"


BOOK REVIEW

FEVER by Mary Beth Keane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 2013

"A memorable biofiction that turns a malign figure of legend into a perplexing, compelling survivor."
A fictional portrait of Typhoid Mary, the Irish immigrant cook who spread disease and death among the cramped, unsanitary streets of turn-of-the-century New York. Read full book review >

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THE WALKING PEOPLE by Mary Beth Keane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2009

"Sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes joyous and tender—one of those stories that lingers in the reader's memory as a lived experience."
From 2005 Pushcart Prize nominee Keane, a richly moving first novel about Irish immigration to America in the late 20th century. Read full book review >

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COUNTING CRANES by Mary Beth Owens
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A lovely, eloquent book. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Owens (A Caribou Alphabet, 1989, ALA Notable) brings her concern for wildlife and elegant sense of design to a counting book featuring a species—the whooping crane—once reduced to a population of 15, the number shown on the last spread here (there are are now 131 cranes ``living in the Canadian-American flock''). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Blazes new trails into Salem's well-explored history."
The author of Founding Mothers and Fathers (1996) evaluates a less edifying episode in early American history—the infamous 1692 witchcraft scare—and finds connections between the terrors of American's Second Indian War and the colonial authorities' endorsement of the trials. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The simple yet sturdy spirituality informing this book will assure its place in both individual and institutional collections that have room for religious titles. (Picture book. 6-8)"
This book of seasonal prayers, inspired by Saint Francis of Assisi's "Canticle of Brother Sun," and also indebted to Gaelic scholar Alexander Carmichel's work, can be summed up by a portion of the prayer for November: "Contained in every/season's end:/the blessing to begin again." Read full book review >

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LOVE, SARA by Mary Beth Lundgren
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Lundgren has indeed made a promising start. (Fiction. YA)"
Fifteen-year-old Sara has already experienced extreme trauma in her life. Read full book review >

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THE LOVED ONES by Mary-Beth Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"No question about this author's gift for striking imagery and vivid scene-setting, but her characterizations could be deeper, and she might consider the possibility that atmosphere is not everything."
Hughes (Double Happiness, 2010, etc.) follows a family reeling from the loss of a child through two disordered years in New Jersey and London.Read full book review >

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HANDTALK SCHOOL by Mary Beth Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"The use of time or multiple exposure to indicate movement can be confusing (it's not always possible to tell in which direction hands are moving); otherwise, an excellent addition. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-11)"
Fourth in an acclaimed series using crisp, appealing photos to introduce American Sign Language through the activities of children at a school for the deaf. Read full book review >

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SALT by Pierre Laszlo
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Displays broad interests and a wide-ranging intellect, but the style—often bland or dully didactic—could use a bit of seasoning."
A chemist constructs a cultural history of sodium chloride and reveals its magnitude in human affairs. Read full book review >

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PANDA WHISPERS by Mary Beth Owens
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"Obviously, despite—or because of—its overly sentimental style, this will find a wide audience among the fans of Mem Fox and Jane Dyer's much better, much prettier, Time for Bed (1993). (Picture book. 4-7)"
A nature bedtime story of the pretty but sappy variety. Read full book review >

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ON THE HEAD OF A PIN by Mary Beth Miller
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

"Strangely enough, the only fully fleshed character in the novel is Helen, whose angelically self-aware musings bookend this long-winded melodrama infused with way too much Catholic guilt. (Fiction. YA)"
Headstrong hooligan Andy quaffs way too many beers at a party in his dad's cabin, and at the party's end, he drunkenly and stupidly brings out his dad's rifle. Read full book review >