Search Results: "Mary Clearman Blew"


BOOK REVIEW

BALSAMROOT by Mary Clearman Blew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Sagebrush and sage."
As Blew (All But the Waltz, 1991) watches her long-idolized aunt Imogene slide into dementia, she wisely analyzes past and present to create a stronger self and a more honest future. Read full book review >

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THIS IS NOT THE IVY LEAGUE by Mary Clearman Blew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A fierce and unsentimental book that stands eloquent testament to the high price that women of a certain generation had to pay to pursue their dreams."
In this quietly probing memoir, Blew (English/Univ. of Idaho; Jackalope Dreams, 2008, etc.) chronicles how she tried to escape her rural Montana roots as a young adult, only to be unexpectedly "called home" by an academic job that would both liberate and entrap her. Read full book review >

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ALL BUT THE WALTZ by Mary Clearman Blew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A superbly realized vision."
In her first essay collection, Blew (a story collection, Runaway, 1990—not reviewed) joins the top echelon with 11 virtuoso pieces on life and death on the Montana Plains. Read full book review >

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Released: July 12, 1994

"Contributors include Tess Gallagher, Marilynne Robinson, Pam Houston, and Terry Tempest Williams. (Author tour)"
The landscape and culture of the American West has long been associated with reticent, leathery-skinned men. Read full book review >

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MARY by Tomie dePaola
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"The interesting conceit behind these illustrationsto take children's book figures and place them in formal icon-like posesworks well. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A strongly religious book featuring 15 scenes from the life of Mary. Read full book review >

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MARY by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1970

"The story is a slight thing at best—a frail straw in the wind."
This is Nabokov's first novel (Mashenka), more properly novella, which is best read for its germinal indications of the later works to follow: particularly the theme of the emigre in transition which will be so triumphantly realized in another habitat, Pnin; and the retrospective refrains of Speak, Memory. Read full book review >

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MARY by Hillary Monahan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"An urban legend too light on either gore or camp to be any fun. (Horror. 14-18)"
Four friends face the dire consequences of summoning the infamous Bloody Mary. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE WIND BLEW by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 22, 1937

Margaret Wise Brown's early, tender, truly sad story about the old, old lady warmed back to life—when "her toothache was all that there seemed to be in the world"—by her little blue gray kitten, is a perilous choice for picture-book revival, being long on atmosphere and short on action; but to succeed at all it needs far more resonant pictures than these configurations, which have neither drawing, detail, nor conception to commend them. Read full book review >

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MARY by Demi
by Demi, illustrated by Demi
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"An Apostolic Blessing from Pope John Paul II reproduced on the back cover emphasizes the volume's Roman Catholic orientation, though Demi's superb paintings and the exemplary design elevate the work above these potential concerns. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Demi continues her highly regarded series of biographies of spiritual leaders with this reverential, exquisitely illustrated depiction of the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"Sure to kick up some biblical dust: a graphic, instructional story unlikely to receive the Church's imprimatur."
A knowledgeable journalist profiles history's most renowned Jewish mother, tracing a life barely touched upon in the gospels. Read full book review >

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THE SNOW BLEW INN by Dian Curtis Regan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"This family's hospitality is just what is needed on a cold wintry day—heartwarming. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A joyous look at generosity and hospitality as a snowstorm packs the Snow Blew Inn. Read full book review >