Search Results: "Ann Mah"


BOOK REVIEW

MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING by Ann Mah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2013

"A bighearted, multisensory tour of France."
An American diplomat's wife finds sweet solace in Parisian culture and cuisine. Read full book review >

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SPRING CLEANING, AWESOME READING
by Bobbi Dumas

Are you a Spring Cleaner? Is this the time you go through closets and boxes, wash windows and pack away clothes?

The weather in Wisconsin has been a little erratic the past couple of months, so I’m hesitant to put away any warm clothes just yet. However my awesome husband has had some time off this month and has decided ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CHOPSTYX by Sophia Mah
Released: Oct. 11, 2012

"A unique story with a strong voice, definitely appealing to chick-lit fans tired of typical genre clichés."
In Mah's debut, an insecure woman in her late-30s wants to find her life's passion and prove her traditional Chinese family wrong, so she starts a rock 'n' roll cover band. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: June 9, 2009

"This accessible, entertaining introduction to Chinese culture and history is likely to inspire readers to dig deeper into the subjects that pique their interest. (timeline, suggestions for further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
In this sweeping overview of more than 2,000 years of history, Mah offers a rich, eclectic survey of Chinese cultural and spiritual traditions, art and architecture, history, language, mythology, politics and technology. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"As none succeed, the question may go unanswered. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The success of Mah's memoirs (Falling Leaves, 1997, for adults and Chinese Cinderella, 1999, for kids) led to her well-received novel Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society (2005) and historical overview China: Land of Dragons and Emperors (2008). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 1998

"A compelling story of family cruelty."
A well-told ``wicked stepmother'' story, with the vicious backdrop of racial inequality. Read full book review >

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A CONTRIVED WORLD by Jung Young-Moon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"A contrived world? A contrived book, though, if such a thing is wanted, an inducement to torpor and despair."
Does Korean literature have a slacker-novel genre? If so, here's its archetype. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WATCH WILLIAM WALK by Ann Jonas
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Text and illustrations are perfectly synchronized. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Jonas (The 13th Clue, 1992, etc.) pens an alliterative, winning work about the letter W. The simple story features two children, William and Wilma, a big black dog, Wally, and a white duck, Wanda. Read full book review >

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BIRD AND BEAR by Ann James
by Ann James, illustrated by Ann James
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Ultimately, Bird and Bear are charming characters to look at, but their story needs more…story. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A slice-of-life story describes the friendship enjoyed by the eponymous Bird and Bear. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS by Ann Fearrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The book, without enough contrast to show either the exuberant blinking lights that punctuate the darkness or the hush of paper lanterns lining a street, acts more as a remembrance of the ritual than a conveyance of its thrills. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A family loads into their station wagon on a dark, cold Christmas night to view lights on trees, spires, apartment balconies, factories, and office buildings, then arrives home where ``last year, this year, every year, we love our own lights best of all.'' The brief text is more sightseeing than story. Read full book review >

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THE 13TH CLUE by Ann Jonas
by Ann Jonas, illustrated by Ann Jonas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1992

"Another handsome and appealing book from this unusually innovative artist. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``What a terrible day,'' reads the diary, but ``at least they sang to me at school.'' What follows is a treasure-hunt ending, of course, in a birthday party; in this case, it's the clues along the way that intrigue: instructions spelled out in the grass, with clothes on a line, with a coiled jump rope or carefully laid sticks; to be read upside down or inside out, or by unscrambling an anagram or decoding a rebus—all imaginatively displayed in Jonas's clean, beautifully composed illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ADVENTUROUS CHEF: ALEXIS SOYER by Ann Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2002

"The excitement of food and food preparation set in a historical context radiates from every page; middle-grade readers and those ready for a biography of a totally unique individual, irreplaceable by all accounts, will be fascinated. (Biography. 8-12)"
The illustrator of the splendid Fanny at Chez Panisse (1997) offers a fascinating pictorial biography of an engaging personality, the French chef Alexis Soyer. Read full book review >