Search Results: "Betty Medsger"


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THE BURGLARY by Betty Medsger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2014

"Medsger captures the domestic political ferment of the 1970s on a large canvas, though the narrative's extreme detail and depth occasionally make for slow going or repetitive observations."
Ambitious, meticulous account of a successful burglary of the FBI, during a different time of controversy regarding governmental surveillance. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 8, 1954

"For a girl who forgets her pets at home, there's a good dose of farm animal care- and so on down the line of faults."
The author of The Egg and I comes up with some cleverly done fantasy in which the morals are golden, enticingly packaged and totally unlike sermons. Read full book review >

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THE UNMAKING OF DUNCAN VEERICK by Betty Levin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Dull and ultimately unsatisfying. (Fiction. 10-14)"
There is a mystery to be found in this, but it takes an inordinate time to get to it and then the whole thing fizzles. Read full book review >

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I SMELL LIKE HAM by Betty Hicks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Especially satisfying is the beginning of a real relationship between the two boys, forged while they're on their own until Nick's able to convince Dwayne to come home. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old Nick has to go to school smelling like the cloves his new stepmother puts into the shampoo, and that's just the beginning in this humorous yet true-to-life portrayal of family blending and sixth-grade angst. Read full book review >

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FINISHING TOUCH by Betty Rowlands
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1992

"Charmless, with gooey romantic twinges and predictable swipes at greeting-card artist-students, faculty wives, and the like."
Melissa Craig, the most successful crime writer since Agatha Christie (A Little Gentle Sleuthing, 1991), is now offering a course at the Mid-Cotswold College of Arts and Technology, where the usual faculty types abound: the stodgy dean; the Lothario lecturer; the soul-tormented tutor; and the gorgeous, sexy faculty secretary—here, Angelica, who's promoted (just like that) to replacement art teacher. Read full book review >

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DESERT LOST by Betty Webb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Lena, with her nightmares and trust issues, seems as damaged as the women of Second Zion, but even readers who find her unsympathetic will be compelled and shocked by the grim depiction of polygamous life underpinning the mystery."
Private eye Lena Jones (Desert Cut, 2008, etc.) sets out to discover who killed an escapee from an Arizona polygamy compound. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF CORN by Betty Fussell
Released: July 15, 1992

"Still, the labor and immersion are evident, and libraries should find uses for Fussell's odd compilation. (Photographs- -150—and line drawings—100—not seen.)"
Fussell (Food in Good Season, 1988, etc.) has steeped herself in corn lore and emerged with this encyclopedic entry on that sustaining American grain in myth, ritual, history, science and technology, breeding and cultivation, industry, processing, and cookery (not recipes, just a survey)—with a chapter on corn whiskey thrown in and an interweaving of personal root-claiming by way of a Nebraska grandfather. Read full book review >

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MISS MINCHIN DIES by Betty Rowlands
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2011

"An excellent puzzle that takes perceptiveness, logic and Sukey's intuition to solve."
The death of a middle-aged spinster competes with the murder of a teenager for the attention of DC Sukey Reynolds (A Fool There Was, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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HERE WE GO AGAIN by Betty White
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A likable if long-winded autobiography from a justifiably well-loved personality. (b&w photos) (Author tour)"
A breezy memoir of 45 years in television by a lady who's seen it all and is still in there pitching. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Chromatic stories of passion and quick wits on the road out of slavery."
Journalist DeRamus (Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad, 2005) depicts the various canny and courageous ways in which slaves outfoxed their circumstances to gain freedom. Read full book review >

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DESERT VENGEANCE  by Betty Webb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Webb, no stranger to hot-button issues (Desert Wind, 2012, etc.), takes on child molestation in a page-turner that presents both her flawed heroine and the reader with plenty of challenges to their moral codes."
An Arizona private detective who survived a childhood from hell becomes a suspect in the death of her abusers. Read full book review >