Search Results: "Yvonne Buchanan"


BOOK REVIEW

ABOUT YVONNE by Donna Masini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"A potentially interesting short story overinflated."
This debut by a prizewinning poet is a latecomer to bad-girl fiction, with all its candid sex-talk, and also furthers that most contemporary of tropes—the novel as extended whine. Read full book review >

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BUCHANAN DYING  by John Updike
Released: April 1, 1974

"Il est plus aise de connaitre l'homme en general, que de connaitre un homme en particulier' — might serve as a fitting clue to the fundamental absence of emotional interest, since the most revealing, intimate touch about Buchanan's character in Updike's dry, cold, statuesque play comes in an early stage direction: 'This is the so-called Back Bedroom, preferred by the dying man perhaps because, being over the kitchen, it was warm."
John Updike has made a stalwart attempt to rescue James Buchanan from historical oblivion — and failed. Read full book review >

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FLY, BESSIE, FLY by Lynn Joseph
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Joseph allows inspiration to form from a quiet presentation of facts; adding to the aura of possibility and grace under fire are Buchanan's sure, atmospheric ink-and-watercolor illustrations. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Joseph (Jump Up Time, p. 1119, etc.) uses a strong, steady present-tense narration to tell the story of Bessie Coleman, African-American, Texan, and world's first black woman aviator. Read full book review >

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AMERICA by W. Nikola-Lisa
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"About the Art'' page includes photos of and quotations by the artists and information on their techniques and published works. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Seriously flawed as a concept book, this picture book offers rewards for readers interested in its specific merits. Read full book review >

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JACK’S RABBIT by Yvonne Jagtenberg
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"While certainly not a crowd-pleaser, the tale is appealingly atmospheric, and the idea that relationships need not be based on coercion is a worthy one to introduce. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The timorous lad introduced in Jack the Wolf (not reviewed) gets a speaking part in his second appearance. Read full book review >

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HOW MANY LETTERS ARE IN GOODBYE? by Yvonne Cassidy
Released: March 8, 2016

"Heavy and intense, this book will make readers confront their own senses of identity. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Teenage immigrant Rhea Farrell must figure out how to confront fear and loss in 1999 New York City. Read full book review >

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MS Madness! by Yvonne Desousa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2014

"A warm, unique memoir about coping with disease."
DeSousa's debut memoir chronicles her first year living with multiple sclerosis and some of the lessons she learned along the way. Read full book review >

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ROY WILKINS by Yvonne Ryan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2013

"Brings deserved attention to the accomplishments of a dedicated, savvy man."
A solid biography of the man who headed the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for nearly a quarter of a century. Read full book review >

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BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES by Yvonne Ventresca
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"The stereotypical depiction of sociopathy, that hoary trope, leaves a bad taste. (further reading) (Thriller. 14-18)"
Fifteen-year-old Ariella Benton, nicknamed Ella, finds herself in Hoboken, New Jersey, at the mercy of her own ideas regarding her long-dead father, her mom's new husband, her love for cats, a new love interest, a belief in the supernatural, and the stigma of mental illness. Read full book review >

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THE VINYL PRINCESS by Yvonne Prinz
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"A modestly successful debut for indie music retailer Prinz. (Fiction. YA)"
Allie is devoted to musicians in every genre, as long as their tunes were pressed onto vinyl. Read full book review >

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BUTTERFLY BURNING by Yvonne Vera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Evocative but drenched in often overwrought imagery ('sees the sky peel off the earth that is the distance between the land and the sky'; 'her body a flame searching: nothing can sanction courage but desire') that makes for a diffuse fable more than a particularized novel."
A poignant tale of love and ambition overwhelmed by self-consciously poetic prose: in a first US appearance for Zimbabwean author Vera. Read full book review >