Search Results: "Bethany McLean"


BOOK REVIEW

SHAKY GROUND by Bethany McLean
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 2015

"Readers of this maddening, sharp report will rightly wonder why Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been allowed to survive and why we can't do better."
The housing sector is a house of cards. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 2010

"Hard-hitting reporting and fluent writing bring the utter devastation of the Great Recession to life—with John Cassidy's How Markets Fail (2009) an essential aid to understanding where all the money went, and who benefited."
A closely written account of the late financial meltdown, when, in the words of one analyst, "we went from a collective belief in soundness to a collective belief in insolvency." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN I GROW UP...  by Gill McLean
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2015

"Warm and affecting. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A yellow Labrador puppy ponders life as an adult dog. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"A funny and charming look—through Scottish eyes—at Texas as a microcosm of America. (illustrations, not seen)"
This first nonfiction outing by the award-winning Scottish fiction writer McLean (Bucket of Tongues, 1994; Bunker Man, 1997) is sure to make some waves on this side of the Atlantic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I'M TRYING TO LOVE SPIDERS by Bethany Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"Both arachnophobes and arachnophiles will find useful debate fodder squashed within these pages. (Picture book. 3-12)"
What if "trying" not to hate spiders doesn't quite cut it? Read full book review >

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SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS by Bethany Crandell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readers who want 'moments' should spend time with the campers in Harriet McBryde Johnson's Accidents of Nature (2006), who are already human beings. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Constance "Cricket" Montgomery is horrified when, as a semipunishment, her wealthy father nixes her vacation to Maui and sends her to work at Camp I Can "with a bunch of retards" and a strict counselor who knows Cricket mysteriously well. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STUNG by Bethany Wiggins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 2, 2013

"Readers will gladly be bitten by this bug. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Fiona Tarsis wakes up to a world of nightmares in this fast-paced, fever-bright post-apocalyptic adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 1, 1980

"But the book—in an oblong, picture-book format—is packed with family photos and examples of Tudor's handiwork; and children may well take it—not too seriously—as itself a kind of historic restoration."
Tasha Tudor, we learn with some wonder, has managed to live the rustic, old-fashioned life depicted in her books; and the nice thing about daughter Bethany's admiring portrayal of that life is its suggestibility—the satisfactions of molding butter or weaving baskets; the procession of holidays imaginatively observed (with candlelit birthday cakes actuary floating down the river—as in Becky's Birthday—and miniature valentines for the costume dolls); the sense of the least repast as an Occasion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUBILEE MANOR by Bethany Hagen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Even the requisite romance is drowned in florid prose and uneven characterization. (Science fiction. 13-15)"
Madeline Landry, the daughter of one of the richest and most powerful noble houses of a nuclear future, hopes to empower society's weakest without endangering her own wealth and comfort. Read full book review >

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LANDRY PARK by Bethany Hagen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Regency romances can combine well with science fiction (Lois McMaster Bujold's accessible adult novel A Civil Campaign (1999) does so brilliantly), but this awkward merger of the two will convince few. (Science fiction. 12-14)"
Regency romance sits uneasily in a dystopian throwback future. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DARK STAR by Bethany Frenette
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"Decidedly more urban fantasy than comic book, Frenette's debut features a variety of characters and should please readers looking for paranormal without so much romance. (Urban fantasy. 12-16)"
A superhero's daughter learns the truth about an ancient evil. Read full book review >