Search Results: "Pam Godwin"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Little of what's included seems like more than a one-time experience, providing diversion rather than transformational depth."
A blog sparks more of a self-help attitude than a book. Read full book review >

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UNFINISHED DESIRES by Gail Godwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 29, 2009

"A strong story populated by a host of memorable characters—smart, satisfying fiction, one of the author's best in years."
After a couple of subpar efforts, Godwin (Queen of the Underworld, 2006, etc.) is back in top form with a gripping tale of jealousies and power struggles at a Catholic girls' school. Read full book review >

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GRIEF COTTAGE by Gail Godwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Godwin approaches many of her usual melancholic themes from a different angle and raises the question of whether we get what we want or we get what we need."
Spirits of all types haunt characters in Godwin's latest examination of grief and loss. 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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Though not really much more than a commonplace book of the author's personal fascinations, many readers will dip into this appealing grab-bag with pleasure and sometimes surprise."
Bestselling novelist Godwin (Evensong, 1999, etc.) stitches an intimate sampler of the ways we humans have imagined acts of the heart through time and across cultures. Read full book review >

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VIOLET CLAY by Gail Godwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 1978

"Godwin's quick, amusingly sharp-tongued narrative assigns the feminist slant to a rich undertone rather than an overlay, making this a bright, but not uncompassionate scoring of the corrosive, self-pitying dramas we block out for ourselves when we live our lives as bad fiction."
Flashbacks at the ready, artist Violet Clay—thirtyish, jobless, broke, drinking heavily in her Manhattan digs—broods over life and Art as she sketches her latest freelance assignment in Gothic book jackets: "over two hundred women running away from houses." Read full book review >

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MUKIWA by Peter Godwin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1996

"A remarkable national and personal saga that, even in the darkest of its many dark moments, remains sensitive, insightful, and humane."
The insanity of war, the beauty and mystery of Africa, the chaotic death pangs of colonialism, an extraordinary coming-of-age: All swirl hauntingly together in this compelling account of the end of Rhodesia. Read full book review >

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EVENSONG by Gail Godwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"A solid piece of work from one of our most thoughtful popular novelists."
In a satisfying sequel to Father Melancholy's Daughter (1990), Godwin contemplates family ties, the prickly bonds of marriage, and the varieties of religious faith. Read full book review >

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THE FEAR by Peter Godwin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 2011

"The author's return to his beloved homeland transformed by violence and no longer familiar proves heart-wrenching and extremely moving."
Godwin (When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa, 2007, etc.), a white Zimbabwean journalist schooled in and relocated to England, bears brave witness to the last brutal days of Robert Mugabe's dictatorship. 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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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 >