Search Results: "Alyson Cole"


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BRAVE CHARLOTTE by Anu Stohner
by Anu Stohner, illustrated by Henrike Wilson, translated by Alyson Cole
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"An appealing suggestion that independence in young human mavericks is worth nurturing, however worrisome it may sometimes be. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Not so much a black sheep as one who just doesn't buy into the herd thing, Charlotte is forever causing the older woolly heads to tut-tut at her un-sheep-like behavior. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: TEJU COLE
by Michael Valinsky

Most readers know Teju Cole as the photography critic for the New York Times. Others know him as the novelist who explores, through his narrative gestures, the various ways in which one comes to build an identity in an environment that makes prejudice and binaries rules of thumb. But to assign Cole a trade would be undermining his entire practice ...


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#LOVINGDAY & #PRIDEMONTH
by Bobbi Dumas

Since this week encompasses #PrideMonth, #LovingDay, and #RememberOrlando, I wanted to share some great M/M romances and inter-racial romance titles I really enjoyed.

I recently mentioned Santino Hassell & Megan Erickson’s RITA nominated Fast Connection (Cyberlove series), and I’ve requested a stand-alone title from Hassell’s Interborough series in audio. In all the years I’ve written about romance, I’ve rarely ...


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A ROMANTIC NOD TO WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
by Bobbi Dumas

As we close out March, I thought it would be a nice salute to women’s history month to focus on some great historical romance and some truly terrific romance heroines!

First off, I wanted to give a major shout-out to a debut novel that was released this week, Lisa Berne’s You May Kiss the Bride (which earned a starred review ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BLACKLIST by Alyson Noël
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 4, 2017

"Chick lit to the max for those who want it. (Chick lit. 14-18)"
The Beautiful Idols saga continues as the competitive Hollywood teens deal with the consequences of Madison's murder. Read full book review >

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GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT by Alyson Foster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014

"An intelligent new voice in fiction yet not an especially persuasive one."
Botany professor, mother, troubled wife, manic gardener—and now an astronaut? Foster's crammed debut tracks the hectic life of Jessica Frobisher, a woman encountering crises of conscience, loyalty and the heart. Read full book review >

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GHOSTS OF WYOMING by Alyson Hagy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Hagy's images of Wyoming are a bit too muted to be fully engaging, but her writing is consistently provocative and informed."
An assortment of carefully tuned stories marked by hauntings, curious incidents and hard Western landscapes. Read full book review >

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RADIANCE by Alyson Noël
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"But for those preteens who like a mild supernatural adventure with romantic overtones, you go, ghost. (Paranormal. 9-12)"
Twelve-year-old Riley is dead, and she isn't particularly happy about it. Read full book review >

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GRAVEYARD OF THE ATLANTIC by Alyson Hagy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"Occasionally a little studied in tone and attitude, but this is honest work from a thoughtful craftswoman."
Strong, polished stories, many previously published in literary quarterlies, by an accomplished veteran in this genre (Hardware River, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE LAST VAN GOGH by Alyson Richman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"Despite Richman's talent with visual detail, nothing new about van Gogh is illuminated, and wan Marguerite never comes fully to life."
Another in the ever-expanding genre of possible romances between famous painters and their subjects. Read full book review >

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BOLETO by Alyson Hagy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2012

"Plot lags behind character, but Hagy reads horses and people so well you won't mind…so much."
He's come of age, but the appealing young cowboy still has life lessons to learn in this beautifully observed third novel from Hagy (Snow, Ashes, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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SWEDISH TANGO by Alyson Richman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2004

"Richman flirts with some interesting issues of private priorities—family and love—versus the greater public good by showing both Salome and Octavio's points of view, but ultimately the Nicholas Sparks-style sentimentality gets in the way."
Second-novelist Richman (The Mask of the Carver's Son, 2000) pits political morality against personal loyalty as a Chilean exile in Sweden recovers slowly from being brutally kidnapped in retaliation by the Pinochet government. Read full book review >