Search Results: "Mary-Beth Hughes"


BOOK REVIEW

WAVEMAKER II by Mary-Beth Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A consistently accomplished debut that's still hard to take because the family's anguish seems too little distinguished from the general social funk to provide much narrative energy."
Ten years after the fall of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, his legal counsel, Roy Cohn, is still unwillingly claiming victims—in this first novel of a family turned inside out by their loyalty to Cohn. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE HAPPINESS by Mary-Beth Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"Only the title story, an anti-elegy for a World Trade Center victim, demonstrates explicitly how apt Hughes's title is, for the mourners' happiness is so rare and fleeting that they're doubly happy to feel happy."
Everything about this slender collection of 11 stories from Hughes (Wavemaker II, 2001) rings true except for its ironic title. 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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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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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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THE EMPTY LOT by Mary Gray Hughes
Released: Jan. 15, 1993

"A sometimes predictable debut novel, but one that also avoids the usual sentimental and satirical clichÇs."
From story-writer Hughes (The Calling, 1980, etc.): an occasionally moving—if also a bit wooden—first novel about a couple's divorce that's complicated by the wife's father and a quarrel over real estate. 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 >

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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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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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'Twas the First Night Before Christmas by Mary Beth Vonk
Released: Aug. 8, 2014

"An appealing Christmas message—simplified and rendered in poetry—for Christian youngsters."
A poetic takeoff on "A Visit from St. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Readers in Texas—and even nationally—who want change should pay attention and get started on the author's to-do lists. She knows the territory, and she wants it back."
How to change the political landscape in Texas, "the reddest of the red-hot states, covered by a big bubble that protects the most reactionary, radical, and rabid set of officeholders that much of the country has ever seen." Read full book review >