Search Results: "Pam Durban"


BOOK REVIEW

SO FAR BACK by Pam Durban
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Not an especially artful novel, though a generally absorbing and eventually very moving one. Durban really isn't one of the better novelists around, but her patience and compassion make her fiction very attractive—and worth paying attention to."
Ancestral guilt, racial conflict, and the call of the unlived life are the dominant themes of this intricate, slow-moving second novel from the South Carolinian author (All Set About With Fever Trees, 1985; The Laughing Place, 1993). Read full book review >

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THE LAUGHING PLACE by Pam Durban
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 1993

"Not a tale of innocence betrayed, then, but of arrogance revealed."
This first novel by Durban (All Set About with Fever Trees, 1985) adds little to the ever-expanding literature of family dysfunction: it's really one long-winded southern whine about ``a make-believe world of appearances, a world of graciousness and beauty and truth.'' No Quentin Compson, Annie Vess simply hates the South. Read full book review >

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THORNHILL by Pam Smy
Kirkus Star
by Pam Smy, illustrated by Pam Smy
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Beautiful, moody, sad, and spooky—all at once. (Horror/graphic hybrid. 10-adult)"
Decades after the tragedy at and closure of gothic Thornhill Institute, a new girl in town is drawn into its story. Read full book review >

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WHO BUILT THE ARK? by Pam Paperone
adapted by Pam Paperone, illustrated by Pam Paperone
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Music with a simple accompaniment included on the endpapers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Based on an African-American spiritual, Paparone's version of Noah's gathering is cast as a counting rhyme and illustrated with deft, primitive-style paintings. Read full book review >

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BLUE WILLOW by Pam Conrad
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Gallagher's artwork is lovely, crowded with incidentals from the story and setting; the faces are animated, sometimes peeking out at readers, and inviting them into the substantial text. (Picture book. 6-10)"
The 18th-century "blue willow" pattern, with its teahouse, hump-backed bridge, and willow tree, has inspired storytellers to shape a tale about the design's origins; here the fundamental elements of the story combine in Conrad's tale of love and loss. Read full book review >

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STONEWORDS by Pam Conrad
Released: March 25, 1990

"A satisfying thriller."
A 20th-century child intervenes in a 19th-century tragedy involving the ghost who has been her frequent companion and friend. Read full book review >

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COWBOYS ARE MY WEAKNESS by Pam Houston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"The author doesn't always search far enough for the reason why smart women behave like dishrags—but most of these stories are fine things from a writer one hopes will come up with a novel before too many suns sink in the West."
``...I should know better, but I love it when he calls me baby.'' That about sums up the sentiment running through these fresh, highly crafted, image-packed stories by the debuting Houston. Read full book review >

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WHAT I DID FOR ROMAN by Pam Conrad
Released: April 1, 1987

"Darcie's final escape from what has become an evil spell is heart-stopping."
Darcie, 16, seeks her father, Paul, and is befriended by handsome, intriguing Roman during a summer that climaxes with a startling tragedy. Read full book review >

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TAKING THE FERRY HOME by Pam Conrad
Released: July 1, 1988

"Although there is much more here that has been well worked over in other YA novels, Conrad's well-rounded characters and skillful style lend fresh insight to the story, which is moving and memorable."
As she did in Prairie Songs and What I Did for Roman, Conrad deals again with a character who is finally revealed to be profoundly disturbed; here, however, by using Simone as one of two narrators, she takes the reader within the troubled psyche, creating an enriched, more thought-provoking personality. Read full book review >

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DROUGHT by Pam Bachorz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 11, 2011

"An intriguing story with depth, but its success will depend on individual taste. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
In this lengthy, imaginative science-fiction tale, a girl is driven to escape an isolated commune in upstate New York that's been frozen in time since 1812. Read full book review >