Search Results: "Beth Fehlbaum"


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BIG FAT DISASTER by Beth Fehlbaum
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2014

"Colby's experiences, while extreme, ring true, and the fast pace, lively and profane dialogue, and timely topic make it a quick and enjoyable read. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Colby's life as the heavy daughter of a disapproving former Miss Texas beauty queen is difficult enough, but it gets worse very quickly once she discovers a photo of her politician father kissing another woman. Read full book review >

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ABC GULLS by Beth Rand
by Beth Rand, illustrated by Beth Rand
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Kids without a frame of reference will still get a kick out of these goofy gulls. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Take a seaside location, add a colony of gulls and the alphabet, and the result is a clever abecedary specific to Maine. Read full book review >

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ONE THING STOLEN by Beth Kephart
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Disturbing, sometimes unsettling and ultimately offering a sliver of hope, this effort rivetingly captures the destructive effects of mental and physical illness on a likable, sweet-natured teen. (Fiction. 11-18)"
Something very bad is happening to 17-year-old Nadia. Read full book review >

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SMALL DAMAGES by Beth Kephart
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 19, 2012

"Lovely and unusual—at once epic and intimate. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A young woman is forced into unexpected territory when she is packed off to a vividly imagined, shimmering Spanish countryside in order to conceal an unexpected pregnancy. Read full book review >

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SHELTER by Beth Cooley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"Readers will find a moving glimpse into a different kind of life, with the more frightening aspects downplayed. (Fiction. YA)"
Sixteen-year-old Lucy's family has been in a downward economic and emotional spiral since the death of her father several months earlier. Read full book review >

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BUT COME YE BACK by Beth Lordan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"There's nothing flashy here, but each image, moment, and word counts and builds as the characters' lives overlap—overlap in connections the more powerful for their subtlety."
Life is an accumulation of told and, more importantly, untold stories in a quietly remarkable linked collection (a second from Lordan: And Both Shall Row, 1998) about a couple who retire to Ireland. Read full book review >

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FATAL DESCENT by Beth Groundwater
Released: June 8, 2013

"Figuring out which river is in which state is just the beginning of readers' frustration, as Groundwater squanders her opportunities for complex interactions among interesting characters, focusing instead on how her heroine's virtue shines imperishably through."
A late-season rafting trip spells trouble for a river ranger doubling as an adventure tour guide. Read full book review >

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DOMESTIC PLEASURES by Beth Gutcheon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1991

"A delicious and satisfying read."
After a ten-year hiatus from novels, Gutcheon (The New Girls, 1979; Still Missing, 1981) offers a contemporary tale about the state of domestic life in the Big Applea surprisingly upbeat story of romantic love complicated by exes and adolescent offspring, if somewhat cushioned by money. Read full book review >

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BREATH OF EARTH by Beth Cato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A steampunk-flavored adventure with amiable characters and a fantastical version of San Francisco that has imaginative promise but fails to engage with the Asian cultures it appears to take inspiration from."
In a novel that imagines a very alternate history, Cato (The Clockwork Crown, 2015, etc.) channels her flair for steampunk fantasy into the story of a plucky heroine living in San Francisco in 1906. Read full book review >

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LEEWAY COTTAGE by Beth Gutcheon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2005

"There's more going on here than the narrative can comfortably contain, but Gutcheon gets an A for effort and a solid B for achievement."
The wounds inflicted by bad parenting, the complexities of a flawed but enduring marriage, and Denmark's resistance to the Nazis: three compelling themes awkwardly yoked together in this ambitious latest from Gutcheon (More Than You Know, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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CITY OF BOYS by Beth Nugent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 1992

"Weird, hypnotic, and highly promising."
Nugent, whose stories have appeared in The New Yorker and Mademoiselle, as well as in The Best American Short Stories 1985 and other anthologies, opens a door in this first collection to a bleak world whose hopelessness weighs heavy at times, but whose characters linger in the memory. Read full book review >