Search Results: "Ann Haywood Leal"


BOOK REVIEW

A FINDERS-KEEPERS PLACE by Ann Haywood Leal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Mature beyond her years, able to make the best of a bad situation and blessed with impressive survivor skills, Esther proves an admirable heroine in this poignant story. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
As her single mother's mental state degenerates, a resilient little girl desperately tries to hold life together. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALSO KNOWN AS HARPER by Ann Haywood Leal
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"A poignant debut. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Harper Lee Morgan loves nothing more than the tingle of a new poem working itself out in her head. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUT OF WARRANTY by Haywood Smith
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"In Smith's sure hands, this funny tale of unlovable misfits is a gentle, romantic surprise."
Can a middle-age woman with a chronic fungal condition find love, or at least decent medical coverage? She might find both in this unlikely winner from the best-selling Haywood Smith. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

90-DAY GEISHA by Chelsea Haywood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2009

"An entertaining but shallow read that reveals more about the author than Japan."
The high and low times of a temporary hostess in Japan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RED HAT CLUB by Haywood Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"Much livelier than Smith's first (Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch, 2001). Great title and fabulous cover art will have readers reaching for it."
Rowdy southern feminist fantasy for women of a certain age. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AUGUSTA LOCKE by William Haywood Henderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2006

"Self-conscious, strained myth-making clots a good story."
A near-epic saga aims for the literary stratosphere, but its purple prose drags it down. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOING NOWHERE FAST by Gar Anthony Haywood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 3, 1994

"Geez Looweez. (Mystery Guild main selection; Literary Guild alternate selection)"
This farcical change of pace from Haywood's Aaron Gunner series (You Can Die Trying, 1993) introduces the Loudermilk family: Big Joe, a retired police officer; his wife, Dottie (who establishes their uniquely affectionate domestic ambience early on when she sighs, ``I could almost feel his loving hands closing around my throat''); and their (ugh) children, whom they sell their house and buy an Airstream trailer to get away from—only to find, while they're admiring the Grand Canyon, their sour-smelling son Bad Dog in residence, together with a corpse on their toilet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CEMETERY ROAD by Gar Anthony Haywood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Haywood, best known for his Aaron Gunner series (All the Lucky Ones are Dead, 2000, etc.), offers up rue, redemption and cataclysmic surprises with noir underpinnings."
Twenty-six years after their search for revenge led to a criminal catastrophe that drove them apart, a corpse reunites a trio. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN LAST SEEN ALIVE by Gar Anthony Haywood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Start reading for the plot, and you'll stay, as usual, for the flavorsome African-American backgrounds."
Elroy Covington came a long way to disappear—all the way from the Million Man March in Washington to a run-down motel in Hollywood—but his sister, Yolanda McCreary, is convinced that even though LAPD Missing Persons has given up the search, Aaron Gunner can find Covington. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT'S NOT A PRETTY SIGHT by Gar Anthony Haywood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 1996

"Gunner (You Can Die Trying, 1993) knows everybody who's anybody, and even more people who aren't, and his tour of the battered-wives scene is the high point of this eventful but slackly told story."
After a three-year vacation while Haywood introduced the zany Loudermilk family (Bad News Travels Fast, 1995, etc.), his main man, L.A. shamus Aaron Gunner, is back on the job. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUEEN BEE OF MIMOSA BRANCH by Haywood Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Derivative plot, limp humor, dull heroine."
Fifty-year-old divorcée starts over, in a lackluster first hardcover from Smith. Read full book review >