Search Results: "Richard W. Jennings"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PIRATES OF TURTLE ROCK by Richard W. Jennings
ADVENTURE
Released: April 28, 2008

"Something's mizzen in this mildly entertaining but unmemorable effort. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Young women swooning over Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow may take to this tongue-in-cheek tale of intrepid 16-year-old Jenny Snow, who falls for a teenaged pirate Lothario and becomes embroiled in his treasure-hunting schemes. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT WHALE OF KANSAS by Richard W. Jennings
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"There is nothing stale about this book; from start to finish, it is every bit as much of an original as Kansascetus humongous himself. (Fiction. 9-14)"
A quirky wonder about truth, perseverance, and the vagaries of fame. Read full book review >

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GHOST TOWN by Richard W. Jennings
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 29, 2009

"Those unfamiliar with the author's style, however, may find themselves working a bit to acquire a taste for it. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Offbeat, quirky, peculiar, unusual—take your pick of adjectives; any (or all) could be used to describe the latest effort of a Midwestern writer known for original characters and unpredictable plots. Read full book review >

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FERRET ISLAND by Richard W. Jennings
ADVENTURE
Released: May 21, 2007

"Terrific, vintage stuff. (Fiction. 10-14)"
From an author who fairly defines "quirky" comes a downright loopy journey into territory both mythic and gleefully ridiculous. Read full book review >

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STINK CITY by Richard W. Jennings
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A leisurely musing on matters olfactory and romantic, this offering features Jennings's trademark wit and offbeat characterization, lyricism alternating with humor to make its own unique literary perfume. (Fiction. 10-14)"
What do you get when the heir to the biggest—and smelliest—catfish-bait company in America decides that fish feel pain? Read full book review >

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SCRIBBLE by Richard W. Jennings
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"The narrative moves back and forth from the present to Lawson's days with the terminally ill Jip, his matter-of-fact narration by turns funny and achingly sad, the arbitrary nature of life and death—and life after death—mining the surreal for truth. (Fiction. 10-14)"
"That's the thing about missing somebody who's not coming back. . . . It's like trying to live without food." Read full book review >

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MYSTERY IN MT. MOLE by Richard W. Jennings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2003

"A wry, witty, and always intelligent work that's as individualistic as its hero. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Nobody does quirky quite like Jennings, and this offering falls right into line with his other works. Read full book review >

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PETER JENNINGS by Kate Darnton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Evocative glimpses of a sorely missed class act."
A warm tribute to the Canadian high-school dropout who anchored ABC's World News Tonight for 22 years. Read full book review >

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MAD RICHARD by Lesley Krueger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"An entrancing portrait of artistic minds confounded by the Victorian Age."
On a cold January day in 1853, diminutive and curious Charlotte Brontë traveled to Bedlam to interview a broken Richard Dadd, one of the most celebrated artists of her day. A correspondence between their minds haunted her and perhaps altered her life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1994

"David's Day."
One of the many biographies of the actor, who died in 1984, including the surpassing Richard Burton: A Life (1988) by Melvyn Bragg and Richard Burton, My Brother (1988) by Graham Jenkins. Read full book review >

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ELÉCTRICO W by Hervé Le Tellier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2013

"Delicate handling of deep themes—loss, missed connections, meaninglessness—gives the novel an emotional charge greater than its low-key particulars and pacing."
A French journalist and a Portuguese photographer find they have some uncomfortable things in common in this latest from Le Tellier (Enough About Love, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >