Search Results: "Mary Clearman Blew"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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CONCEPCION AND THE BABY BROKERS by Deborah Clearman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2017

"Stories of strength and ethical quandary, but inconsistently rendered."
A collection of stories about hard choices borne of desperation and the stark delineations between classes in both Guatemala and the United States. 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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CABINS IN THE WOODS
by Leila Roy

There were twenty-five letters in all. They went to girls who lived in apartment buildings in cities and farmhouses in the country and condos in the suburbs. Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week at Camp So-and-So, a lakeside retreat for girls nestled high in the Starveling Mountains, on a merit scholarship. Each letter came with a registration ...
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THIS ISN'T YOUR TYPICAL KISSING BOOK
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson

Cover Story: The Ring

BFF Charm: Heck Yes

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: Postapocalyptic Medieval

Bonus Factors: Surprise Twists, Prophecies

Anti-Bonus Factor: Series Starter

Relationship Status: Researching Reception Venues

 

Cover Story: The Ring

Although this cover is likely supposed to elicit feelings of epic ...


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SAY HELLO LIKE THIS by Mary Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A hoot (pun intended). (Picture book. 1-4)"
Toddlers and their adults nationwide will welcome with open arms this clever coupling of animal sounds and lift-the-flap elements. Read full book review >

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PANDA FOO AND THE NEW FRIEND by Mary Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The friends' matter-of-fact exchange and ultimate acceptance of their newest member makes this an excellent tale to share with young readers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Murphy explores the delicate art of making new friends in this gentle preschool tale. Read full book review >

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I KISSED THE BABY! by Mary Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"A knock-out in design and concept. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The excitement of a new arrival is proclaimed loudly and by all: "I saw the baby! Read full book review >

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SOME THINGS CHANGE by Mary Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Straightforward and accessible for the youngest reader, Murphy's tale offers children a comforting exploration of a challenging and oftentimes unsettling concept. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Murphy's trio of convivial penguins (Please Be Quiet!, 1999, etc.) returns, this time to demystify the nature of change for young readers. Read full book review >