Search Results: "Anna Porter"


BOOK REVIEW

ANNA by Michael Derechin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2014

"A compassionate portrait of a doctor's quest to make a difference."
In this novel set in 1973, a cancer doctor, who's struggling with feelings of futility, reluctantly agrees to treat an 11-year-old girl. Read full book review >

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ANNA by William Loizeaux
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"On behalf of his daughter, Loizeaux shares his sorrow with heartbreaking honesty."
An eloquent, extraordinarily painful memoir of a father's loss of his baby daughter. Read full book review >

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ANNA by Meghan Riley
Released: Aug. 29, 2013

"The protagonist mooning over boys sometimes overwhelms the engaging, unique sci-fi elements."
A teenage girl emerges from wallflower status only to be plagued by unexplained phenomena in this young-adult romance novel. Read full book review >

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PLENTY PORTER by Brandon Noonan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"This first novel occasionally has the feel of a writing exercise, but it is also smooth and compelling reading for long stretches, even if the end doesn't adequately match the beginning and middle. (Fiction. YA)"
Plenty Porter is the youngest of 11 children ("eleven is plenty," said her parents) in rural Illinois, in this story told mostly in the first person in the years 1952-53 as Plenty approaches and then turns 13. Read full book review >

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ANNA by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 1991

"To Be Continued'' quality, making for less than truly satisfying fiction."
In a first US publication, veteran British writer Harrod- Eagles (20 previous novels) brings her not-inconsiderable skills to a grand-scale, if curiously lackluster, romance set against the complex political backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2008

"A compelling narrative that does great justice to Kasztner's memory."
Glowing chronicle of an unheralded, Schindler-esque figure who saved Hungarian-Jewish lives during World War II. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Less a scholar than an opinionated journalist, Porter fills her book with interviews and personal observations, producing a broad and vivid but not terribly deep portrait of four nations that have been off the American radar for decades."
An enlightening if unsettling account of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia 20 years after the collapse of communism. Read full book review >

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COLE PORTER by William McBrien
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"McBrien obviously appreciates and loves his subject, but his book lacks two things needed to convey Porter's essence: wit and rue. (72 illustrations, not seen)"
A comprehensive biography that ultimately seems rather like a 400-page Cole Porter song list. Read full book review >

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DROWNING ANNA by Sue Mayfield
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Justice for Hayley is less important than Melanie's and Frances's realizations of their own failures to nurture Anna; in the end, the story represents a bleakly compelling cautionary tale for teens and their adults. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The slow but near-total destruction of a bright and talented teenage girl is clinically anatomized in this British import. Read full book review >

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THE LOST LUGGAGE PORTER by Andrew Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Stringer's third adventure (The Blackpool Highflyer, 2007, etc.) has the same engaging voice and lively splashes of historical color as his others."
An eager young railroad detective goes undercover. Read full book review >