Search Results: "Sharyn Wolf"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2011

"Blending a conversational tone with tight, fast-paced prose, the author doesn't shy away from her flaws, resulting in a book that is touching, humorous and familiar."
Oprah-sanctioned relationship expert dishes on the decline of her own marriage. Read full book review >

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SHE WALKS THESE HILLS by Sharyn McCrumb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 4, 1994

"By turns funny, probing, elegiac, and as wise about history as McCrumb has ever been: another stellar performance from one of the best. (Mystery Guild main selection; author tour)"
The latest in McCrumb's Ballad series (The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter, 1992, etc.) takes off from the legendary tale of Katie Wyler. Read full book review >

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FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN by Sharyn McCrumb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"No particular standouts—McCrumb really needs the novel length to shine—but a revealing sketchbook of two dozen tales exploring the quicksilver border between mystery and magic."
Not many mystery writers use story collections as crossover books, but McCrumb's versatility in novels as different as Zombies of the Gene Pool (1992) and The Rosewood Casket (1996) makes the transition here seem inevitable. Read full book review >

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GHOST RIDERS by Sharyn McCrumb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2003

"Unlike McCrumb's Ballad tales, which dramatized the convergence of multiple generations, this patchwork daringly leaves each story suspended, linked only by the inconclusive verdicts of history and the rush of ghost riders bound for glory."
A sprawling, multilayered tale: Deep, deep under the surface of Union and Confederate ideology teem the Appalachian folk for whom "the wrong side was to take a side" in the War Between the States. Read full book review >

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ST. DALE by Sharyn McCrumb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2005

"Still, this book of moments is required reading for anybody who still mourns Number Three—or who wonders what the fuss is about."
In a career marked by strange, wonderful stories (Ghost Riders, 2003, etc.), McCrumb offers her strangest yet: a modern-day Canterbury Tales with Dale Earnhardt replacing Thomas à Becket. Read full book review >

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THE HANGMAN'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER by Sharyn McCrumb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Compelling, in the manner of a folk tale, despite the rather limp prose."
Here, McCrumb turns serious as she explores death from many angles: the matter-of-factness of a backwoodswoman with the gift of Sight; the get-even attitude of two old friends, one dying from the willful contamination of the Little Dover River by the Titan Paper Company; the emotional trauma paralyzing a brother and sister (who were subjects of physical abuse and witnesses to a family bloodbath and suicide); and the despair of a three-year-old who loses his mother, and of a pregnant woman who loses her unborn child. Read full book review >

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PRAYERS THE DEVIL ANSWERS by Sharyn McCrumb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"This ambling novel is strong on period detail and atmosphere but repetitious and overforeshadowed."
In Depression-era Appalachia, a woman succeeds her late husband as sheriff in a small mountain town. Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2006

"Altogether, a gorgeous and rich collection. (Fantasy. 12+)"
The second Firebirds anthology gathers an all-star cast to explore adolescence and discovering the world. Read full book review >

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FIREBIRDS by Sharyn November
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Lloyd Alexander's chilling foray into darkness by itself would justify the price of admission. (Fiction. 12+)"
A splendid gathering of award-winning fantasists. Read full book review >

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THE BALLAD OF FRANKIE SILVER by Sharyn McCrumb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1998

A summons to a long-delayed execution—Fate Harkryder, the condemned man he arrested 20 years ago, has reached the end of his appeals—sends Tennessee sheriff Spencer Arrowood back in time over 150 years to the case of Frankie Silver, the teenaged bride and mother who was hanged in North Carolina in 1832 for killing her husband with an ax, dismembering his body, and burning it in front of their baby daughter in their one-room cabin (an outrage that turned the locals against her more powerfully than the murder itself). Read full book review >

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GODDESS GILDA by Sharyn Gale
Released: July 11, 2013

"A sweet, affecting coming-of-age story that shows how believing in yourself goes a long way in the quest to forgive."
Creating family where you can find it underscores this charming middle school novel in which a girl learns compassion despite family turmoil and tragedy. Read full book review >

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THE ROSEWOOD CASKET by Sharyn McCrumb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 13, 1996

Quite a homecoming for stricken Tennessee patriarch Randall Stargill's four sons: Their first family reunion in years includes at least one dead member, a child whose bones are duly presented to the family by elderly seer Nora Bonesteel. Read full book review >