Search Results: "Annette Lavers"


BOOK REVIEW

WITHOUT ANNETTE by Jane B. Mason
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 31, 2016

"Based on the author's own experiences in boarding school, a landmark lesbian love story set in a narrow slice of white privilege. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In her debut for teens, Mason pens a novel about small-town longings and circumstances compelling a young person to find a safe place to simply be. Read full book review >

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ANNETTE VALLON by James Tipton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A pleasing literary fancy set against the terrors of the French Revolution."
An adventuresome debut novel starring William Wordsworth's true-life mistress recast as a heroine during the Reign of Terror. Read full book review >

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MYTHOLOGIES by Roland Barthes
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1972

"The selections, however, are ample, and the translation fine."
Although Mythologies, published 15 years ago in France, may seem a lamentably late arrival on these shores, it is still the gamiest of structuralist studies. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 20, 2012

"It's remarkable that essays written more than a half-century ago, on another continent, should seem not merely pertinent but prescient in regard to the course of contemporary American culture."
A new edition of landmark work. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"Natural history is one of the few sciences that lends itself to enjoyably larking about ideas and hypotheses as well as having its sober sides, and Lavers takes full advantage of its propensity for entertaining erudition."
Provocative stabs at answering the really big questions regarding wildlife biology, the ones seemingly skipped over when the Victorians tidied up their discipline of natural history. Read full book review >

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THE NATURAL HISTORY OF UNICORNS by Chris Lavers
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"Lavers makes an elegant, colorful guide to the unicorn's myth, marvel and the ties that have bound it to human progress."
Lavers (Natural History/Univ. of Nottingham; Why Elephants Have Big Ears: Understanding Patterns of Life on Earth, 2001) ingeniously tracks the myth-making of the unicorn, a 2,500-year "windy road with many charming vistas, and many strange ones." Read full book review >

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REKINDLING OF HOPE by Doug Lavers
Released: Nov. 29, 2012

"An engaging read for fans of Utopian sci-fi, but limp characters and tensionless conflict limit its appeal."
Lavers' debut novel opens as an alien collective, known as the Bearing, contacts elderly Australian Peter Wilson. Read full book review >

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ROBOT BURP HEAD SMARTYPANTS! by Annette Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A lot of eructation, with a little education. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The mechanical rivals of Robot Zombie Frankenstein! (2012) go for the full "alphabelch" in this effervescent return. Read full book review >

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ROBOT ZOMBIE FRANKENSTEIN! by Annette Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Yet in an era in which electronics are always one-upping one another in the global market, it's nice to see a picture-book equivalent that ends with the consumption of delicious desserts. Apple and PC, take note. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Competitive pals get into a war of escalating ridiculousness in this amusing if visually stunted tale. Read full book review >

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A Different Day, A Different Destiny by Annette Laing
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"A mostly engaging, enjoyable sequel."
Laing (Look Ahead, Look Back, 2012, etc.) continues the adventures of three time-traveling children in this second installment of the Snipesville Chronicles.Read full book review >

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ELEANOR & ABEL by Annette Sanford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2003

"Pleasant enough but curiously dull, with few surprises and little suspense. Best for those greatly devoted to love stories in the Bridges of Madison County vein."
Love among the geezers, rather staidly told but touching nonetheless, by Texas author Sanford (Crossing Shattuck Bridge, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >