Search Results: "Angela Swan"


BOOK REVIEW

SWAN by Frances Mayes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Pralines in a bed of melting homemade ice cream. Not a trace of humor."
Popular palazzo-renovator Mayes (Bella Tuscany, 1999, etc.) sets aside a bowl of perfectly sun-ripened pomodori to rest for a while, picks up her hefty, beautifully balanced penna, and has a go at a romanzo. Can't be too hard, can it? Read full book review >

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SWAN by Laurel Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Young ballet lovers will be smitten with the story. (author's note, bibliography, quotation sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
A poor Russian girl enchants the world with her romantic ballet performances. Read full book review >

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ANGELA MERKEL by Matthew Qvortrup
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2016

"This eye-opening biography, drawing from rich behind-the-scenes knowledge, is necessary reading for anyone who wants to broaden his or her perspective on the world today."
A biography of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (b. 1954) that provides insight and clarity into Germany's often underreported role in shaping the European political landscape. Read full book review >

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BLACK SWAN by Chris Knopf
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2011

"Reliable, predictable thrills that don't shame Knopf's growing reputation but won't advance it either."
Despite its title, Sam Acquillo's fifth adventure has nothing to do with the movies (Hard Stop, 2009, etc.)—at least not movies about high-strung, overworked ballerinas. Read full book review >

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ANGELA AND DIABOLA by Lynne Reid Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"The two approaches don't always blend: Banks often sacrifices subtlety for the broad satire of Roald Dahl's work, but the conclusion is both satisfying and novel. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Banks (The Mystery of the Cupboard, 1993, etc.) introduces readers to twin girls—one purely good, one purely evil—who make a hash of their well-intentioned parents' lives. Read full book review >

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ANGELA LANSBURY'S POSITIVE MOVES by Angela Lansbury
Released: Nov. 7, 1990

A charming, low-key exercise/diet/cookbook from the actress best known for her role as writer/sleuth Jessica Fletcher on TV's popular Murder, She Wrote. Read full book review >

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COSMIC SWAN by Bill Copeland
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 27, 2009

"Well-written, with a unique cosmic and spiritual dimension."
A geologist investigating strange tectonic phenomena discovers a mind-blowing secret under a mountain in Tibet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE SWAN by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"A successful introduction. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
This elegantly simple and informative story chronicles a year in the life of a family of trumpeter swans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2006

"Too bad, as the language and characterizations are vivid and rich. (author's notes) (Fiction. 10-14)"
A promising first novel falls utterly to pieces about halfway through. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHITE SWAN, BLACK SWAN by Adrienne Sharp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2001

"A well-accomplished if downbeat debut."
Luminous debut collection by a former dancer with the Harkness Ballet in New York: a somber tour of the "kingdom of the dance" where bodies, loves, and lives are sacrificed to an art that often seems more punishment than reward. Read full book review >