Search Results: "Miriam Toews"


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A COMPLICATED KINDNESS by Miriam Toews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"Toews captures the spurts and lurches of adolescent growth in a tale as crude and fresh as its subject matter."
An amusing if somewhat rambling account by Canadian author Toews (Swing Low: A Life, 2001) of a teenaged girl growing up in the middle of nowhere. Read full book review >

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IRMA VOTH by Miriam Toews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"A literary novel marked by charm, wit and an original approach to language, weakened by polarized characters and a shift from gritty to soft-centered."
An unworldly Mennonite girl with a tainted past considers a life without the direction of her father, her husband or God, then implements it, in the latest from Canadian writer Toews (The Flying Troutmans, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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SWING LOW by Miriam Toews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"A powerful portrait of a man who, despite all odds, managed to live a normal life."
A father's suicide sets the stage for this wrenching account of a man's lifelong battle with mental illness, creatively written in his voice, as imagined by his daughter. Read full book review >

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A BOY OF GOOD BREEDING by Miriam Toews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2006

"An earnest, sweet-tempered narrative."
A charming novel by Canadian author Toews (A Complicated Kindness, 2004) reveals what it's like to live in the smallest town in Canada. Read full book review >

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THE FLYING TROUTMANS by Miriam Toews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Smarter and more thoughtful than its cinematic inspirations."
Emulating the comedic stylings of indie hits like Little Miss Sunshine provides a wealth of material and a breath of fresh air for Canadian novelist Toews (A Boy of Good Breeding, 2006, etc). Read full book review >

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ALL MY PUNY SORROWS by Miriam Toews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2014

"'Sadness is what holds our bones in place,' Yoli thinks. Toews deepens our understanding of the pain found in Coleridge's poetry, which is the source of the book's title."
A Canadian writer visits her older sister, a concert pianist who's just attempted suicide, in this masterful, original investigation into love, loss and survival. Read full book review >

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AT THE END OF WORDS by Miriam Stone
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2003

"This offering stands as a moving tribute to a lovely and loving mother and daughter relationship. (Memoir. YA)"
A sensitive and poetic examination of the author's mother's last days, this spare memoir provides a distinctly literary alternative for fans of traditional teen weepers as well as an inspiration for aspiring writers. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Though a laundry list of voyages, Estensen's meticulous account conveys the bravery and persistence, as well as cowardice and cruelty, of these early explorers. (8 pages color, 18 b&w illustrations)"
A map of the social, historical, and often mythical impulses that led the Western world on a search for the great Southern Continent—and Australia's distilling of society's most fantastic dreams and nightmares. Read full book review >

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IN A VERTIGO OF SILENCE by Miriam Polli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2014

"A quiet yet powerful saga of imperfection and the struggle for family connection."
Following three generations of women, Polli's debut traces an intricate web of family secrets as they are created, buried, and discovered. Read full book review >