Search Results: "Sybil Raney"


BOOK REVIEW

WAITING FOR THUNDER by Sybil Raney
Released: May 5, 2009

"A sassy, sexy Southwestern romance."
A fun, sexy novel about middle-aged romance, second chances and the wide open spaces of big-hearted Texas. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"A nuanced, not-entirely-unsympathetic account of the women who perpetrated a sensational literary fraud."
Nathan (Pornography, 2007, etc.) claims that the subject of the 1973 international bestseller, Sybil by Flora Schreiber, and the blockbuster film that followed, was a deliberate fabrication that not only fooled a mass popular audience but shaped the practice of psychiatry, opening the door to mass hysteria and misdiagnosis. Read full book review >

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THE DEATHS OF SYBIL BOLTON by Jr. McAuliffe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"His attribution of his alcoholism to his Indianness, for instance, comes perilously close to racism. (Author tour)"
McAuliffe, an editor for the Washington Post, offers an informative, often poignant story of a suppressed chapter of American history—a kind of Native American Roots. Read full book review >

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OLD THUNDER AND MISS RANEY by Sharon Darrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Smaller sketches drawn to suggest old sepia photographs add to the bygone-days flavor of this triumphant, slightly tall whirlwind of a tale. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Young Raney Cloud's luck isn't all that turns around in this folksy debut. Read full book review >

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THE SYBIL IN HER GRAVE by Sarah Caudwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 11, 2000

"Despite a superb barrage of letters from Aunt Reg to Julia, a hilarious send-up of refurbishing pitfalls, and a clever use of mothballs, there are too many coincidences and jaunts to the pub en route to a most unlikely confession. An imperfect wrap-up to an all-too-short career."
Caudwell, who died this past January, managed in just three books (The Sirens Sang of Murder, 1989, etc.) to achieve cult status for her gleefully barbed wit and erudition. Nobody, however, raved about her plotting, and her long-awaited fourth mixes her best and worst. Read full book review >

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THE BINDING OATH by Sybil Downing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Stilted language and a tendency to treat the most sensational plot developments with the brio usually reserved for section headings in doctoral dissertations: a ho-hum debut."
Downing, the co-founder of Women Writing the West and co-author of Crown of Life: The Story of Mary Roberts Rinehart (1992), tries her hand at fiction with iffy results. Read full book review >

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WRITING FOR YOUR LIFE #2 by Sybil Steinberg
Released: May 15, 1995

"In a book devoted to writers, however, it seems little churlish not to credit the people who actually penned the interviews in the Table of Contents; they merely get their name appended to each article's conclusion, just above the publication date."
Publishers Weekly, a trade journal for the book industry, allows its regular author interviews a roomier format (some 2,200 words) and a more detailed examination of the publishing process than most consumer periodicals. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2009

"A poignantly searing fusion of heartbreak and hope."
Candid, compassionate memoir of dealing simultaneously with a newborn and a mother with Alzheimer's. Read full book review >

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Jim Morgan and the Pirates of the Black Skull by James Matlack  Raney
Released: Nov. 22, 2013

"A YA adventure that will likely charm many readers, regardless of age."
Young Jim Morgan returns to seek a powerful talisman and retribution against a malevolent pirate in Raney's (Jim Morgan and the King of Thieves, 2012) YA adventure sequel. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 28, 2012

"A rip-roaring good tale for children of all ages."
When 11-year-old Jim Morgan's father is killed, he's determined to find out why and ends up on the run in 19th-century London in Raney's debut historical adventure novel. Read full book review >

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Chasing Stolen Art by Sybil Terres Gilmar
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A tale with a worthy subject but sometimes-flawed execution."
In this historical novel, Gilmar (The Jew and the Pope, 2012) addresses the power of art and its connection to the brightest and darkest aspects of human nature.Read full book review >