Search Results: "Susan Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

Home Fires by Susan Johnson Cameron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"A generally engaging addition to the expanding library of historical fiction."
Debut Canadian novelist Cameron, inspired by stories from her grandparents and uncles, pays homage to the early settlers of Ontario's northern territory. Read full book review >

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HUNGRY GHOSTS by Susan Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 2002

"Strongly written and intelligent evocation, in well-rendered settings, of the darker side of love and friendship."
An absorbing and disquieting tale of love, friendship, and betrayal: debut fiction written by Australian author Johnson during her first pregnancy (see her memoir, A Better Woman, p. 160). Read full book review >

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FLYING LESSONS by Susan Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Evocative descriptions of Australia, but this is too laden with unfulfilled intellectual ambitions to really take off."
One of those novels that promises much, by acclaimed Australian writer Johnson, now making her US debut, but never quite fulfills the expectations it raises. Read full book review >

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A BIG LIFE by Susan Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Not, in the end, your average hero, or your average story, as Johnson movingly celebrates the resilience of the human spirit."
The author of Flying Lessons (1991) offers a superficially old-fashioned story—about an Australian boy who ``would grow up to look into the eyes of a king''—made agreeably contemporary by modish conventions of style and intent. Read full book review >

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A BETTER WOMAN by Susan Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 9, 2002

"A distinguished memoir: one of those rare insights into motherhood that describes the magical and the mundane with equal insight and honesty."
From Australian novelist Johnson (Hungry Ghosts, p. 128, etc.), a beautifully written and remarkably wise look at the realities of becoming a mother, as well as at the unexpected physical consequences of giving birth. Read full book review >

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SPIRIT WILLING by Susan B. Johnson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 25, 2007

"A subtle and suasive ghost story."
A deftly rendered account of a family's fight to preserve its heritage and home in modern-day Savannah, Ga. Read full book review >

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WHEN WOMEN PLAYED HARBALL by Susan E. Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 1994

"This book will be enjoyed not only by the admirers of the All- American Girls Baseball League, but by baseball fans in general."
Several years ago the movie A League of Their Own alerted many Americans for the first time to the existence of the All-American Girls Baseball League, which existed from 1943 to 1954. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Published a shade too late to join the flood of books commemorating the 150th anniversary of the gold rush, Johnson's study makes a useful yet decidedly secondary reference for scholars and students of the period."
A dutiful, ponderous reconstruction of daily life in the California gold fields. Read full book review >

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King Daniel by Susan Wolf Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2016

"A gripping tale of a missing patriarch in 1970s Florida; an auspicious debut."
The disappearance of a Tampa Bay blue blood rattles the skeletons in his family's closet. Read full book review >

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FASHIONING A FRIENDSHIP
by Leila Roy

I sat back and considered my words. They had to be enough to get me in. After all, I alluded to the loss of my mom without mentioning any of the désagréables details, and I talked about the constant moving without getting into the foster homes and the times we’ve lived in the car. I think it is best not ...
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ALPHABET SCHOOL by Stephen Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not only does Johnson once again take something simple and make it extraordinary, but he will inspire readers to do the same. (Alphabet book. 4-8)"
The multiple-award-winning illustrator takes a page from his own book—Alphabet City (1995), that is—and creates a graphic-alphabet book that will have students searching their own schools for letters. Read full book review >

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MAGRITTE'S MARVELOUS HAT by D.B. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2012

"Arty, amusing and exceedingly clever. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Johnson recasts René Magritte as a dapper, blue-eyed hound and incorporates the painter's surreal iconography into a visual tour de force. Read full book review >