Search Results: "Ned Stuckey-French"


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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 15, 2012

"A quirky, variegated salute to what Aldous Huxley called 'a literary device for saying almost everything about almost anything.'"
Should essays be light and playful, hard and serious, or both? Some 50 experts on the form, ranging across 400 years, tackle the question in this odd volume, edited by Klaus, founding director of University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program (The Made Up Self: Impersonation in the Personal Essay, 2010, etc.), and Stuckey-French (English/Florida State Univ.; The American Essay in the American Century, 2011). Read full book review >

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THE REVENGE OF THE RADIOACTIVE LADY by Elizabeth Stuckey-French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2011

"A dark, humorous portrait of a dysfunctional modern family. With its interesting premise and diverse, flawed characters, Stuckey-French's (Mermaids on the Moon, 2002, etc.) black comedy could have been even stronger. A tighter plot and a more developed heroine would have helped."
If revenge is a dish best served cold, then Marylou Ahearn is serving up ice cream. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2000

"A bit uneven, then, but strong debut. One hopes Stuckey-French will soon test her gift for exploring arrestingly unconventional characters and conflicts in the ampler latitudes of the novel."
A provocative debut collection of 12 edgy, effectively varied tales, many set in what appears to be their author's home state of Indiana. Read full book review >

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MERMAIDS ON THE MOON by Elizabeth Stuckey-French
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 18, 2002

"A quirkily convincing but ultimately stagnant tale."
Stucky-French follows her story collection (The First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowa, 2000) with a soggy first novel about family relationships and synchronized swimming. Read full book review >

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WHERE WICKED STARTS by Elizabeth Stuckey-French
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"More effective as an exploration of the odd moments of transition as a blended family struggles to cohere than as a mystery. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Two stepsisters are preoccupied by weird characters who keep popping up around their Florida town. Read full book review >

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TAMED BY A BEAR by Priscilla  Stuckey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"The book may find a few appreciative readers in Santa Fe and Sedona, but fans of actual ursines will want to look elsewhere, while those seeking wisdom from a bear ought to look no farther than A.A. Milne."
Albuquerque-based spiritual counselor Stuckey (Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature, 2012) delivers a tale of the bear as yogi. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Meticulous and well researched: a solid tribute to black culture in America that might well ignite sparks of interest in a new generation of historians and artists."
An impressive array of 14 essays (most reprinted from scholarly journals) on aspects of African-Americanism, ranging in theme from black nationalism to the writings of Herman Melville— and spanning a quarter-century of the author's impressive career (History and Religious Studies/UC Riverside; Slave Culture, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >

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ZOOMER'S OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD CHRISTMAS by Ned Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Kids will connect with this wildly exuberant fantasy, and Zoomer seems destined to zoom off into further ingenious adventures in unexplored territories. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this third entry in an imaginative series, Zoomer the zestful hound dog hits his stride with a wacky Christmas Eve visit from aliens who crash-land in the field near his house. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 13, 2012

"A helpful, systematic approach to developing a discriminating palate."
A thorough investigation of the sensation of taste. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER NORMALS by Ned Vizzini
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"Great geeky fun. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
A shy role-playing-game aficionado finds slaying monsters easier than kissing a girl in this appealing adventure by the author of It's Kind of a Funny Story (2006). Read full book review >

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SPIRIT HORSE by Ned Ackerman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Reminiscent of Armstrong Sperry's Call It Courage, this is an exciting story with a richly satisfying conclusion. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Running Crane's mother has married a member of the Kainaa band, and he still feels like an outsider. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR BEFORE THE FLOOD by Ned Sublette
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2009

"A powerful, heartfelt and sometimes angry take on a great American city."
Musician and "Afropop Worldwide" radio producer Sublette delivers an intense and thoughtful "companion volume" to The World that Made New Orleans (2008). Read full book review >