Search Results: "Ali Wentworth"


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HAPPILY ALI AFTER by Ali Wentworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Though the oddly unfulfilled premise remains a bungle, Wentworth charms her way to safety with her endearing reflections."
Facing her 50th birthday, Wentworth (Ali in Wonderland, 2012, etc.) embarks on an inspirational quest to self-betterment as she reflects on teachable moments from her life.Read full book review >

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ALI IN WONDERLAND by Ali Wentworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"A smart, often-funny memoir."
Comedienne Wentworth revisits her privileged and precocious early years. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A painful story smartly told, Benjamin's first solo novel has appeal well beyond a middle school audience. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
In middle school, where "Worst Thing" can mean anything from a pimple to public humiliation, Suzy "Zu" Swanson really has a reason to be in crisis: her former best friend has died unexpectedly, and the seventh-grader is literally silenced by grief and confusion. Read full book review >

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MISDIRECTED by Ali Berman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A sermon with too little to say. (Fiction. 12-16)"
The new kid at school comes into conflict with the administration's faith-based agenda. Read full book review >

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MADRAS ON RAINY DAYS by Samina Ali
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"However well intended, overwrought and unconvincing."
A young woman, torn between the certainties of life in India and the potentially liberating challenges of America, undergoes an arranged Islamic marriage—with disastrous results. Read full book review >

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A SINGULAR HOSTAGE by Thalassa Ali
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2002

"A colorful muddle not improved by a strained plot."
Newcomer Ali's hand is heavy in concocting the story of a Victorian woman looking for love. Read full book review >

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THE IHOP PAPERS by Ali Liebegott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"Tender writing about a raw life."
Schoolgirl crush frees a young waitress to escape the 'burbs for San Francisco. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST PERSON AND OTHER STORIES by Ali Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"The willed spareness of the stories grows annoying, but at her best Smith is an original observer of the blessings and curses of living inside one's imagination."
A collection of 12 smartly constructed observations of the way we think and write, from Whitbread Award-winning Scottish author Smith (The Accidental, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Solid advice for an anxious and angry polity on how to talk about a growing cultural challenge."
An immigration activist confronts the nativist opposition to the nation's changing demography and suggests another way to bridge the yawning cultural divide. Read full book review >

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HOTEL WORLD by Ali Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 15, 2002

"Long riffs on a theme, presented like a puzzle."
A prizewinner back home, Scotland-born Smith (stories: Like, 1998) offers a verbally high-speed tale of a girl's death that may touch some but will seem mainly airy to others. It was shortlisted for the 2001 Orange Prize—as it is now for the Booker. Read full book review >

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RONDO IN C by Janet Wentworth
Released: Oct. 1, 1988

"An unusual tribute to the power of music, and to the depth and diversity to be found in any group of people."
From a gifted novelist and poet for children (Joyful Noise, 1988), 13 neatly phrased lines of verse, each a succinct expression of the memory that Beethoven's piano piece evokes for one of the listeners at a recital in a large, comfortable living room: "The first squint of sunlight on the water in Maine/Lightning bolts! Read full book review >