Search Results: "Richard Horan"


BOOK REVIEW

LIFE IN THE RAINBOW by Richard Horan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 1996

"Episodic in the extreme, but the individual insights and human touches are frank and well-presented, making this more a harbinger of good things to come than an unqualified success."
The greedy, hostile world of a for-profit Chicago ``bughouse,'' as first-novelist Horan describes it, is no place for a young white male college graduate to serve as a nurse's aide, even if he does have a mandate from his barber and Henry David Thoreau. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2011

"A dazzling diamond of an idea set in a ring of straw."
Novelist Horan (Goose Music, 2001, etc.) travels around the country gathering seeds dropped by trees standing on land of literary, historical, musical or military significance. Read full book review >

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GOOSE MUSIC by Richard Horan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"An intermittently amusing pastiche by a talented writer trying too hard this time out."
Crazy-quilt tale of a doughnut heir with a hole in his head, by the author of Life in the Rainbow (1996). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"This could have been a fine book if the author's writing matched his energy."
From July to October 2011, Horan (Seeds, 2011, etc.) traveled to 10 owner-operated farms to take part in the harvesting of their crops; this is his flawed but enthusiastic and highly detailed report of that experience. Read full book review >

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LOVING FRANK by Nancy Horan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Lovers Frank and Mamah fail to generate sympathy, and the story closes with the unsubtle reminder that real life is never quite as tidy as fiction."
Journalist Horan's debut novel reflects her fascination with the brilliant, erratic architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his scandalous love affair with a married woman and mother of two. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY by Nancy Horan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"While the retelling of the Stevensons' lives is rather pedestrian, Robert Louis Stevenson comes through as utterly irresistible."
Horan (Loving Frank, 2007) offers another fictionalized romantic biography, this time of Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife, Fanny. Read full book review >

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31 BOND STREET by Ellen Horan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"An engaging mix of fact and fiction, with a juicy trial, sensationalistic reporters and lots of local urban color."
Horan brings to life a sensational 19th-century New York City murder trial in which a woman is accused of viciously killing her husband. Read full book review >

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DEVOTION AND DEFIANCE by Humaira Awais Shahid
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2014

"Although Shahid benefited professionally from her patriarchal ties, she admirably used them for the greater good."
A poignant story of a happy partnership that encouraged one Pakistani woman to face her oppressors. Read full book review >

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ALLY-SAURUS & THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"Ally is an empathetic guide for young children facing their own first days, no matter what or who they imagine themselves to be. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little girl with a dino-sized imagination joins, and learns to get along with, other kids with their own particular styles on the first day of school. Read full book review >

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MOE IS BEST by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"This lighthearted take on youthful determination and the value of continued effort successfully avoids undue complexity, allowing both message and story to reach their emergent-reader audience. (Early reader. 4-6)"
Veteran Torrey joins the stable of author-illustrators contributing to the I Like to Read picture-book series, crafting a family tale of persistence and confidence that serves as a timely lesson in a text explicitly aimed at the youngest budding readers. Read full book review >

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A BASEBALL STORY by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"An innocent, sweet and charming introduction to the national pastime. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Coach Mike says that baseball players always need to be ready, and Jordan is all set for the first game of the season. Read full book review >

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THE REALLY, REALLY, REALLY BIG DINOSAUR by Richard Byrne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A toothy, toothsome tale—if stronger on wish-fulfillment than feasible bully-fooling. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this pointed prehistoric episode, little Jackson, derisively dubbed a "tinysaur," defends a jar of jelly beans from a dino-bully. Read full book review >