Search Results: "Melanie Rae Thon"


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IONA MOON by Melanie Rae Thon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1993

"Thon writes capably, but her prose is not yet powerful enough, nor her characters autonomous enough, to make her monochromatic world memorable."
Lives overflowing with pain are what Thon offers in her second novel (following Meteors in August, 1990), this time focusing on three Idaho teenagers. Read full book review >

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FIRST, BODY by Melanie Rae Thon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 1997

"Although in essence these stories are grim studies of lost possibilities, the rhythmic beauty of Thon's writing is everywhere extraordinary: Here is a writer who can really sing the blues. (Author tour)"
Singing the body electric in her distinctive way, by frying a basic life-as-punishment theme until little but ashes remains, Granta-acclaimed young novelist Thon returns with a second volume of tough, exact, unsparing stories (Girls in the Grass, 1991). Read full book review >

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SILENCE AND SONG by Melanie Rae Thon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2015

"An uneven book that struggles with its own fragmentation but occasionally offers striking reflections on the strange resilience of both humans and the natural world."
Thon (The Voice of the River, 2011, etc.) explores various forms of grief and trauma in a book with an unusual structure.Read full book review >

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IN THIS LIGHT by Melanie Rae Thon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2011

"Bluntly powerful but deeply nuanced stories from a unique voice in American fiction."
An unsettling group portrait of victimized young women whose survival on the margins of American life is its own best, or worst, reward. Read full book review >

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SWEET HEARTS by Melanie Rae Thon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2001

"Brilliantly imagined and infused with a raw spirituality that cuts to the bone. Thon writes with lyric power about the lives of lost souls who nonetheless passionately believe in a God 'no longer capable of even the smallest miracles.'"
A child of rape grows up to become a killer, in this third novel by the Whiting Award-winning author of First, Body (1997). Read full book review >

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GIRLS IN THE GRASS by Melanie Rae Thon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1991

"Thon has carved out her own territoryand through her meticulous style allows readers to share in her fascination."
A first story collection from Thon (Meteors in August, 1990) includes several standouts (the title story, ``Punishment,'' ``Repentance,'' and ``Sisters'') as well as others that display the author's particular forte with blue collar, coming-of-age material that explores the lure of the forbidden. Read full book review >

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WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER by Rae Carson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"The tepid, resolution-free ending beckons potential sequels. (author's note, dramatis personae) (Historical fantasy. 12-14)"
Acclaimed for her fantasy, Carson now travels the Old West. Read full book review >

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SPIDER EATERS by Rae Yang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"This is a sad story, filled with individual tragedies, but deeply revealing in its portrait of idealistic youth lost in a convulsion almost beyond human conception. (19 b&w photos, not seen)"
Moving, poetic, and honest, this is one of the best memoirs yet published of the Cultural Revolution in China. Read full book review >

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JACQUELINE SUSANN’S SHADOW OF THE DOLLS by Rae Lawrence
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"Capable but unexciting rehash of classic sleaze."
They're b-a-a-a-a-c-k! Read full book review >

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CALLING OUT by Rae Meadows
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2006

"Still, a writer to watch."
A depressed 30-year-old advertising copywriter packs up her New York life and heads west in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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THE MISADVENTURES OF AWKWARD BLACK GIRL by Issa Rae
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"An authentic and fresh extension of the author's successful Web series."
Writer, producer and director Rae, famous for her popular Web series, "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl," channels her humor and attention to detail into this eponymous collection of personal essays about all the embarrassing moments that have made her who she is. Read full book review >

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DO PIGS HAVE STRIPES? by Melanie Walsh
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"The work is easily mastered, and doesn't bear rereading, but certainly has its charms. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Burning questions of the animal world are answered here: Does a bird have a big black wet nose? Read full book review >