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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LET'S NOT DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Cover Story: I Weep for the Big Faced Future
BFF Charm: Meh
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Show and Tell and Tell and Tell
Bonus Factors: Time Travel, The Future
Relationship Status: Hot and (Mostly) Cold

Cover Story: I Weep for the Big Faced Future

I don’t even know ...


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HERE A TROPE, THERE A TROPE
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

Cover Story: Truth in Advertising

BFF Charm: Maybe

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: The Queen of Dark and Stormy Secrets

Bonus Factor: Mysterious Loner Dude

Anti-Bonus Factor: Dark Secret

Relationship Status: One Date Wonder

 

Cover Story: Truth in Advertising

The cover is a nice callback to ...


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BETH ANN FENNELLY
by Rachel Sugar

Beth Ann Fennelly’s latest collection defies easy categorization. It is not poetry, though it is like poetry, and not essays, though it bears strong similarities, and it is likewise not fiction, though the pieces are as driven as short stories. “Micro-memoirs,” she calls them; flash-autobiography, prose snapshots as compressed as poems. Some a handful of pages, some ...


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INTERCONTINENTAL LOVE SONG
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

Cover Story: Montell Jordan

BFF Charm: Heck Yes!

Swoonworthy Scale: 8

Talky Talk: Straight Up With a Twist

Bonus Factors: Grunge, Ireland

Relationship Status: First Love

 

Cover Story:  Montell Jordan

This is a pretty clever cover—a denim patch in the shape of Ireland is safety pinned to a ...


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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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GRATEFUL FOR GREAT BOOKS
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

As we head into the season of Thanksgiving, I wanted to express some gratitude for some great books coming out soon.

Are you a Jayne Ann Krentz fan? I am! (And Amanda Quick & Jayne Castle too). 

JAK’s last book, When All The Girls Have Gone, was a juicy plot twister which opened the door to a ...


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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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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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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 >

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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 >