Search Results: "Alan E. Sparks"


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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2010

"A thoroughly enjoyable read for animal lovers and explorers alike."
An engaging diary of a wolf-finding expedition in Transylvania. Read full book review >

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SPARKS by S. J. Adams
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A kinetic and well-paced comedy that just might win a few converts. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
What's a heartbroken teen to do when the object of her secret lesbian crush ditches her for a boring boyfriend? Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"An engaging, evocative work, despite its split personality."
Sparks (Dreaming of Wolves, 2010) recalls trekking through the Carpathian Mountains in this memoir and history of Eastern Europe. Read full book review >

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SPARKS by Cathryn Louis
Released: Oct. 22, 2012

"An intelligent thriller that's a bit overdone."
Set soon before the recent housing-market crash, Louis' debut features an excellent heroine in an elaborate financial thriller. Read full book review >

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SPARKS by Graham McNamee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2002

"This sweet story sparkles with wit and warmth. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Todd Foster's fifth-grade classmates call him a range of insulting nicknames from Gump (after Forrest Gump) to Retardo. Read full book review >

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E by Matt Beaumont
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Your career may depend on it."
Subject: Fab debut of former London adman, making a bugger-all brilliant update on the epistolary novel by having it largely in e-mail thrashing about on the office network and focusing on London's Miller Shanks ad agency striving to land the Coke account. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"His own story, however, turns out to be mundane. (8 pages b&w photos)"
Alexander sets a standard of thoroughness for future works on Paton, but the treasures unearthed by his impressive research are few and far between in this tell-too-much biography. Read full book review >

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ICY SPARKS by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Well intentioned, for sure, but Icy is too much the poster child for great success as fiction."
An overwritten, underdeveloped story celebrating Appalachia and a young woman who suffers from Tourette's syndrome. Read full book review >

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STE-E-E-E-EAMBOAT A-COMIN’! by Jill Esbaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2005

"The Story of Captain Blanche Leathers (2000), illus by Holly Meade, though its content is closer to William Anderson's comparatively restrained River Boy (2003), illus by Dan Andreasen. (afterword, map) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Inspired by a passage from Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi, Esbaum captures the bustle and commotion attending a steam packet's arrival in a small river town: "Rubberneckers, / pounding boots, / whiskered geezers, big galoots. / Wheels a-clatter, / choking cloud, / yapping dog, excited crowd." Read full book review >

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LUCKY ALAN by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Lethem's humor ranges from rueful to sly to 'big silly,' and his careful, mostly unshowy writing has a gift for charming a reader into almost anything."
These nine stories by a leading American writer almost all bend away from realism, and one goes well into fantasy, while offering choice prose and insights. Read full book review >

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ALAN LOMAX by John Szwed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2011

"Despite its wealth of detail, this is a portrait left half-painted."
Overdue, hagiographic biography of the folk-song collector. Read full book review >

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ALAN JAY LERNER by Edward Jablonski
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 9, 1996

"However, he relies on the standard literature in retelling Lerner's life, barely moving beyond a handful of well-known sources for further insights. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
Serviceable biography of a noted Broadway and film lyricist/librettist. Read full book review >