Search Results: "Rilla Alexander"


BOOK REVIEW

HER IDEA by Rilla Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"A perfect storm of ugly imagery, sloppy thinking and subpar writing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The author of The Best Book in the World (2014), a paean to reading, brings to the art of writing the same over-the-top exuberance.Read full book review >

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THE BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD by Rilla Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 8, 2014

"To quote one of many exuberant, action-packed spreads: 'Enjoy the ride!' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Adding to a growing genre, this picture book shouts—no, hollers at the top of its lungs—praise to the codex. Read full book review >

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THE MERCY SEAT by Rilla Askew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A magnificent debut novel. (Author tour)"
Oklahoma native Askew follows the spare, haunting stories of her debut collection, Strange Business (1992), with a wrenching Cain-and-Abel first novel set in a vividly realized 19th-century American West. Read full book review >

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HARPSONG by Rilla Askew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2007

"A memorable portrait of a bizarre but credible marriage teetering between hope and despair."
A young man, his teenaged wife and his harmonica crisscross the Depression-era Southwest in Askew's mournful, compelling, religion-infused third novel. Read full book review >

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STRANGE BUSINESS by Rilla Askew
Released: July 1, 1992

"A middling first collection, then, with one marvelous exception."
Ten stories, all set in the small town of Cedar, Oklahoma, each titled by the year it is respectively are set in, make up Askew's debut volume. Read full book review >

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FIRE IN BEULAH by Rilla Askew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2001

"Imperfect, then, but powerful and thoughtful."
From the talented and ambitious Askew (The Mercy Seat, 1997), a second novel set in her native state of Oklahoma, this time a tale of primal guilt and racial intolerance during the oil boom. Read full book review >

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MOST AMERICAN by Rilla Askew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"An eloquently thoughtful memoir in essays."
A respected novelist muses on the tortured nature of her relationship to the state where she was born and raised. Read full book review >

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KIND OF KIN by Rilla Askew
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Askew deftly weaves all this together in a narrative that foregrounds a number of important contemporary issues: religion, immigration, the economy and the effect of all of these on family life."
An Oklahoma-centric novel about the "crime" of harboring illegal Mexican workers. Read full book review >

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SUMMER READING WITH KWAME ALEXANDER
by Julie Danielson

It doesn’t take much to get award-winning, bestselling poet and author Kwame Alexander excited, especially if you’re talking about books and children and teens. If you’ve ever seen him speak, you know this Newbery winner is high-energy and has great passion for his work.

He’s especially excited these days about summer. Probably for the same reasons a lot of us ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MAGIC THUMBELINA by Alexander Pogrebniak
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 29, 2011

"Not the slickest app ever, but the art is well worth second and third looks. (iPad storybook app. 7-9)"
An alternate track of instrumental rock adds an unusual dimension to this paraphrased version of the classic female-bondage/abandonment tale. Read full book review >

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LILA BLOOM by Alexander Stadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2004

After a bad day at school a little girl named Lila announces to her caretaker aunt and her ballet teacher, Madame Vera, that she wants to quit her strictly run ballet class. Read full book review >

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DUNCAN RUMPLEMEYER’S BAD BIRTHDAY by Alexander Stadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"The Message hangs heavy over this, but Duncan's distinctive voice, plus a light touch with the moral, makes it a persuasive exercise in the benefits of socialization. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Stadler's jagged, thick-lined art may resemble William Steig's, but his young narrator is pure Jules Feiffer: "Why share? Read full book review >