Search Results: "Alma Alexander"


BOOK REVIEW

ALMA by Gordon Burn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"In sum: sporadically arresting or amusing, ultimately thin and gimmicky."
Winner of Britain's 1991 Whitbread Award for a first novel: a fact/fiction pastiche, using the life of 1950's pop-singer Alma Cogan (1932-1966) as the springboard for an intriguing but less- than-satisfying meditation on celebrity. Read full book review >

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ALMA ROSE by Edith Forbes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 1993

"Life-affirming without sentimentality; in spite of the occasional character too good to be real, the portrayal of love and growth rings absolutely true."
A self-contained young woman in a small western town awakens to life through a lesbian affair: an appealing first novel told with beguiling honesty and humor. Read full book review >

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WORLDWEAVERS by Alma Alexander
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2009

"Buy it to keep the fans happy. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Thea Winthrop returns to the Wandless Academy in the fall and is drawn immediately into another adventure when the Federal Bureau of Magic asks for help. Read full book review >

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SPELLSPAM by Alma Alexander
FANTASY
Released: March 11, 2008

"Able to stand on its own merits, this book's energetic plot, well-integrated back story and teen characters will make fans very happy and bring new readers under the series' spell. (Fantasy. Ages 13-16)"
From the very first page, this second in the Worldweavers series grabs the reader's attention. Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2007

"The combination of suspense, magic and teen angst will appeal to young-adult fans of Isobel Bird's Circle of Three series and Tamara Pierce's Circle of Magic books. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
Try to imagine Carlos Castaneda's mythos meeting Orson Scott Card's Tales of Alvin Maker(with the substitution of a depressed adolescent female protagonist), and you'll have a feel for this fantasy stew. Read full book review >

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ALMA MATER by Rita Mae Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Sketchy characterization and desultory writing don't exactly fill in the blanks between sex scenes, and the college-lesbian romance seems awfully dated—when not embarrassingly rapturous."
Twosomes and threesomes at an ivy-covered Virginia college, from the author of Rubyfruit Jungle (1983), etc., and the popular Sneaky Pie Brown mystery series. Read full book review >

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ALMA ROSÉ by Richard Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"This well-researched and highly readable biography provides a moving account of one woman's confrontation with the greatest horrors of the war. (60 photos)"
The Holocaust account of Gustav Mahler's niece, who went from being the musical heiress of Europe to conducting a women's orchestra at Auschwitz. Read full book review >

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THE SECRETS OF JIN-SHEI by Alma Alexander
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 27, 2004

"Full indeed, and yet, even so, more episodic than epic."
In a mythical Chinese kingdom, members of an ancient sisterhood fight, die, and practice sorcery for one another as they struggle to survive. Read full book review >

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ALMA MATER by Original Clyde Aidoo
Released: March 3, 2014

"A thoroughly unique poetry project."
An unlikely but engaging poetic tour of Midwestern colleges and universities. Read full book review >

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ALMA MATER by P.F. Kluge
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Rueful, tender, eloquent: an evenhanded view of the allure and penalties of academic life that should be required reading for everyone connected with a liberal-arts college."
Kluge (The Edge of Paradise, 1991) brings his personable manner, pellucid style, and sharp eye to recounting a year spent living at his alma mater of Kenyon College, juxtaposing the illusions about academic life with the reality. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A sympathetic and judicious appraisal that will deepen the understanding of this remarkable man."
A slightly odd but ultimately very satisfying biography of a man who, in terms of political and historical impact, has been called ``the dominant writer of this century.'' George Kennan described The Gulag Archipelago as ``the most powerful single indictment of a political regime ever to be levelled in modern times.'' The irony is that the indictment came not from the West, but from a heroic survivor of the Gulag. Read full book review >

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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN by Andrew Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Wilson ably and unsparingly portrays the heady, competitive, solipsistic world that celebrated, and ultimately doomed, McQueen."
The astonishing creations and tormented life of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen (1969-2010). Read full book review >