Search Results: "Allison Rushby"


BOOK REVIEW

FRIDAY NIGHT COCKTAILS by Allison Rushby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Crisp writing makes the most of a slight (and rather dated) premise."
A first from Australian author Rushby. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 19, 1999

"Like its subject, Rushby's book can loosen one's mooring to the everyday world, conveying the reader to darkened rooms high above ancient, exotic cities."
A superior travel narrative of the qat trail, its history and strange quirks, and very strange characters, from newcomer Rushby. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE LONELY ONE by John Allison
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 21, 2015

"Funny and clever, but most likely to only satisfy fans who have been with the gang since the beginning. (Graphic mystery/sci-fi. 12-16)"
A group of students at a British school all become friends with a strange new boy who eats onions; one student suspects something odd's afoot and must discover the truth before it's too late. Read full book review >

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THE EXILES by Allison Lynn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2013

"The story sometimes strays into descriptions of architectural styles, which may not be of interest to every reader, but this only minimally detracts from the author's distinctive characters and focus."
A fresh start in a new city should signify a positive beginning for a couple and their 10-month-old son, but they soon discover that, though their old possessions disappear when their Jeep Cherokee is stolen, their emotional baggage remains. Read full book review >

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SPEAK OF THE DEVIL by Allison Leotta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Leotta shows her strongest suit when she places her action in the courtroom in this pleasing third effort."
Former federal sex-crimes prosecutor Leotta's third novel propels her protagonist, Anna Curtis, into the dark world of gang violence. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 2011

"Although somewhat repetitive, the book provides a welcome reversal of the all-too-prevalent tendency to regard the elderly as a burden rather than a resource."
Emmy Award-winning TV producer Gilbert (Always Too Soon: Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both Parents, 2006) discusses "what it [is] like to be a parent without parents." Read full book review >

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SKIN by Dorothy Allison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 1994

"But Skin is nonetheless a valuable record of a remarkable life and a testament to the struggles, triumphs, and growth of one bold and inspiring woman."
Allison (Bastard Out of Carolina, 1992, etc.) has assembled a nourishing compilation of articles and essays about being ``queer in a world that hates queers...poor [in] a world that despises the poor'' and a passionate writer and lover of literature. Read full book review >

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BEAUTY BEFORE COMFORT by Allison Glock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2003

"A memoir as elemental as its subject: pulsing, fetching, leaving a strong afterglow. (20 photos)"
Glock debuts with a lovely, blue memoir of her maternal grandmother, a vital square peg in the poor, round hole of a hard-baked West Virginia town. Read full book review >

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YOU'RE THE ONE I WANT by Shane Allison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Overwrought, overdramatic, overwritten, underedited."
A husband's twin brother and his wife's best friend will go to any lengths to break up the couple. Read full book review >

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DISCRETION by Allison Leotta
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 3, 2012

"Better editing could have made this memorable, but even with Leotta's tendency to provide character fashion reports on every page, this is worth the read."
Former federal prosecutor Leotta covers some familiar ground in her second legal thriller. Read full book review >

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LIFE IS FINE by Allison Whittenberg
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 11, 2008

"Though prone to some convenient plot liberties, Whittenberg has penned an overall hopeful tale for Samara, like the Langston Hughes poem for which the novel was named. (Fiction. YA)"
For 15-year-old Samara Tuttle, life is anything but fine. Read full book review >

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HOLLYWOOD & MAINE by Allison Whittenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Though readers need not be familiar with the first offering to enjoy the charm of this one, there are some allusions that will be clearer if they are. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Negotiations involving first love, a potential modeling career and a ne'er-do-well uncle prove challenging for 15-year-old Charmaine (Maine) in this gently humorous second installment about life in the Upshaw family. Read full book review >