Search Results: "Nancy Sheehan"


BOOK REVIEW

ANIMAL ACTION ABC by Karen Pandell
ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"For a stronger illustration of the same concept, see Jean Marzollo and Jerry Pinkney's Pretend You're a Cat (1990), which stretches minds as well as bodies. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The alphabet in this book functions more as a framework than it does a primer in letters. Read full book review >

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GOODNIGHT, BOY by Nikki Sheehan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A tension-filled and provocative premise commands readers' attention even if it ultimately misses the mark. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A boy newly arrived to the United States is locked in an outdoor kennel by his abusive adoptive father in this thriller. Read full book review >

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LIFE FOR ME AIN'T BEEN NO CRYSTAL STAIR by Susan Sheehan
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 1993

"Sheehan offers no solutions here—simply a relentless and dispassionate chronicle of shattered lives and inadequate institutions."
Sheehan (A Missing Plane, 1986, etc.)—best known for her Pulitzer-winning account of a schizophrenic, Is There No Place on Earth For Me?, (1982)—continues documenting lives on society's margins: in this case, those of a 14-year-old and her premature baby who are separately channeled into the N.Y.C. foster-care system. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Short but closely observed; essential for your Vietnam shelf."
A view of Vietnam since America's involvement, by the author of perhaps the best book on the war, A Bright Shining Lie (1988). Read full book review >

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HISTORY LESSON FOR GIRLS by Aurelie Sheehan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2006

"Lyrical, assured, heartbreaking."
An intelligent, original coming-of-age novel from the author of The Anxiety of Everyday Objects (2004) and Jack Kerouac Is Pregnant (1994). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 1996

"Almost unbearably moving at times, a must-read book for anyone facing severe illness or loss."
When Sheehan (This Running Life, 1980, etc.) was diagnosed with inoperable cancer, he turned his physician's eye and writer's ear to the subject of his own mortality, producing this posthumous volume. Dr. Johnson once observed that knowing that death is imminent has a wonderful way of focusing the mind. Dr. Sheehan was never someone who had trouble focusing in his writing. Read full book review >

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THE ANXIETY OF EVERYDAY OBJECTS by Aurelie Sheehan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"Deliciously wacky debut novel from the author of Jack Kerouac is Pregnant (stories: 1994) and winner of a Pushcart Prize. Hilarious, sly, sharply observed, and one of a kind—more, please."
A secretary—but not the world's best. Not even close. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Simply outstanding."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning author chronicles the Soviet-American arms race through the life story of the man who was indispensable to the creation of the intercontinental ballistic missile. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2006

"Anything but subtle."
With an impressive roster of strippers, swingers, porn stars and prostitutes, Sheehan explores the very adult side of Vegas entertainment. Read full book review >

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TRUTH by Jacqueline Sheehan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2003

"Though the facts of the story are well known, Sheehan offers a solid portrait of slavery that also brings the child and young woman to life."
A fictional account of the life of Sojourner Truth—abolitionist, feminist, preacher and former slave—sticks close to the facts while imagining the mostly appalling details of the activist's early life. Read full book review >