Search Results: "Mary Beth Miller"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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AIMEE by Mary Beth Miller
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"A fascinating character study that will intrigue readers wanting to go beyond sensationalistic headlines. (Fiction. YA)"
In a journal being written for therapy, an unnamed narrator tells of being accused of the murder of her best friend. 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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MARY MILLER
by Stephanie Buschardt

Despite its title, there’s not a lot of happiness going around in Mary Miller’s new collection, Always Happy Hour. “There is nothing more disgusting, really, than people enjoying themselves so thoroughly when you’re miserable,” writes Miller in the book’s opening story, a rather grim yet appropriate introduction to the morbid hilarity that’s to come in the following pages. More ...


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BOOK REVIEW

INDIGO ROSE by Susan Beth Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 28, 2004

"Still, despite occasional clunkiness, Miller's vernacular style is altogether winning in a story that seriously tries to examine the depression of foreign caregivers."
Personal tragedy puts a Jamaican child-care provider on the road to ruin—in a contrived, sometimes overwrought, and jazzily accented debut. Read full book review >

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THE LAST DAYS OF CALIFORNIA by Mary Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2014

"Drab and dreary."
Miller (Big World, stories, 2009) puts a family on the road but doesn't give them much to do in her aimless first novel. 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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A BEAUTIFUL BOY by Susan Beth Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A striking, searing work that will linger long in readers' memories."
Miller's (Indigo Rose, 2005) novel tells a tale of survival and growth in a war-torn land. Read full book review >

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ALWAYS HAPPY HOUR by Mary Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Like a two-for-one drink special or a boxful of beer, this bracingly strong collection may prove intoxicating."
A sense of detachment permeates the lives of the women in this short story collection, yet readers will find themselves riveted. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >