Search Results: "Richard Gwyn"


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THE COLOR OF A DOG RUNNING AWAY by Richard Gwyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2007

"A slowly deflating bubble of sophisticated storytelling."
A moody literary love story set in Barcelona morphs into a mystery centered on reincarnation and the Cathars, with postmodern layers. Read full book review >

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WALKING ON BONES by Richard Gwyn
Released: Nov. 27, 2000

"While the poet laments 'the pernicious attributes of a godless world,' his work goes a long way toward sanctifying the rituals of daily life."
It's tempting to assume that any poet who resorts to prose poems is lazy, inept, terribly trendy—or all three. Read full book review >

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PROFESSOR AESOP’S THE CROW AND THE PITCHER by Stephanie Gwyn Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Children are natural scientists; they do not need these extraneous bells and whistles to encourage exploration. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)"
Busy design seeks to illustrate Aesop's fable of the crow and the pitcher, with an emphasis on the scientific method—hence, presumably, the "Professor" Aesop of the title. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE

"The only unsatisfying feature of Parry's debut is that it ends."
This lighthearted, sparkling novel presents the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of a man, his dog, his mother's ghost and other assorted characters. Read full book review >

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From Footlights to Flashlights by Gwyn English Nielsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2015

"Engaging, educational interactivity for teenage performers and audiences."
In this debut collection, a current secondary schoolteacher offers original theater pieces, suitable for adolescents to perform and discuss. Read full book review >

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69 A.D. by M. Gwyn Morgan
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Informative, but heavy as a sack of Roman coins."
A modern historian fills in the gaps left by previous accounts of the Roman Empire's most politically chaotic year. Read full book review >

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WHY DO I HAVE TO EAT OFF THE FLOOR? by Chris Hornsey
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Suzanne William's My Dog Never Says Please (1997), however, is far better suited to a child's sense of humor. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Murphy, a short, enthusiastic dog, reveals his canine desires through a series of questions. Read full book review >

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THE WORLD BENEATH by Aaron Gwyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"The novel is not always coherent, but Gwyn's taut prose commands readers' attention."
Gwyn (stories: Dog on the Cross, 2004) pens a grim, suspenseful first novel about murder in a small town. Read full book review >

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DOG ON THE CROSS by Aaron Gwyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 26, 2004

"When Gwyn eventually hits his stride, he's terrific. An auspicious first."
Eight linked stories cast a baleful light on fear, loathing, and sexual repression in the Bible Belt. Read full book review >

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THE WOODSMAN’S DAUGHTER by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2005

"If the corn that suffuses this novel were likker, we'd all be too drunk to finish reading it. Perhaps that would be best."
The fortunes of a prosperous Georgia turpentine farmer's beautiful daughter wax and wane incessantly in this florid successor to Rubio's Oprah-chosen debut, Icy Sparks (1998). Read full book review >

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LOVE & ORDINARY CREATURES by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Worse, the cliché-ridden novel sends uncomfortable cues: Are readers really supposed to blame Clarissa's younger brother for being emotionally troubled or dislike her sous chef because he's effeminate?"
A self-consciously erudite cockatoo narrates this avian-human romance from Rubio (The Woodsman's Daughter, 2005, etc.).Read full book review >

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GETTING DOWN TO EARTH
by Julie Danielson

Earth Day 2017 may have passed, but I’m a firm believer in the notion that, as many bumper stickers like to so succinctly put it, Earth Day is every day. I’ve been keeping my eye out for picture books—the fictional, story-time types, that is—that get children thinking about this planet we live on and how to best take care of ...


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