Search Results: "Beverly Swerling"


BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Sure to fascinate even readers who don't know 'up-the-town' from 'down-the-town.'"
In Swerling's fourth Old New York novel (City of Glory, 2007, etc.), the Devreys and the Turners forge new alliances as their city and their rivalry evolve. Read full book review >

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BRISTOL HOUSE by Beverly Swerling
Released: April 8, 2013

"This latest effort by Swerling is nicely penned but also ponderous and overloaded with out-of-place sexual vernacular, an overabundance of detail, and a tired, evil Catholic Church conspiracy."
An intricately woven plot with voices from the past give Swerling's latest historical thriller an otherworldly aura. Read full book review >

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CITY OF DREAMS by Beverly Swerling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"The ongoing feuds here often seem like overwrought plot contrivances, a problem aggravated by this newcomer's fossilizing tendency to pack her dialogue with exposition. But early medicine and city history undeniably make for an interesting read."
Ambitious historical novel of New York City's medical practices from the 1630s to the 1780s, a first novel freighted with so much fact and family melodrama it almost sinks under its own weight. Read full book review >

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CITY OF PROMISE by Beverly Swerling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Swerling doesn't promise more than she delivers, but this is still a rather ordinary novel. For a stronger thriller set in the same time and place, see Frederick Busch's The Night Inspector."
Swerling (City of Dreams, 2001, etc.) continues her series of "city of" novels celebrating the history of New York. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"Good fun, duly grounded in history."
The Great Mogul diamond, a slave-catching scam and a plot to produce opium in America stir the melodramatic pot in Swerling's riotous tale of New York City, circa 1814. Read full book review >

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MY OWN TWO FEET by Beverly Cleary
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 27, 1995

"In her, readers will find a character worthy of even Cleary's imagination. (Biography. 12+)"
Continuing her memoirs, begun so successfully in The Girl From Yamhill (1988), Cleary here covers the eventful years that began with her boarding a bus for junior college in California and ended with the publication of her first children's book in 1946. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZON PAPERS by Beverly Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Inspired. (Fiction. 11-13)"
For Iris, 16, no sooner does the door close behind her mother and cousin Ellie, off on a 10-day cruise, than things spin out of control. Read full book review >

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TAKEN IN by Beverly Coyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"Emotional, interrogatory prose—heightened by omniscient commentary—memorably captures the jagged quality of a moving depiction of flawed, decent people trying to respect one another's differences and do the right thing."
A dramatic and unusually quirky portrayal of a shattered Florida family, by the author of The Kneeling Bus (1993) and In Troubled Waters (1990). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 2003

"Impeccable research informs a prose that sings, whirls, and delights. (10 photos, not seen)"
Lively, literate biography of the incredible Sarah Breedlove, who rose from perfect poverty to create her own hair-care business and build a mansion on the Hudson. Read full book review >

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SOWN IN TEARS by Beverly Magid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2012

"An intricately plotted piece of period fiction that doesn't quite separate itself from similar efforts. "
Following the murder of her husband, a Jewish woman in 1905 Russia struggles to provide a future for her children amid revolution and poverty. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Allen provides a general and informative map to decoding ethnic relations and a specific and essential outline of genocidal rape."
A personally and politically authoritative inquiry into modern war crimes. Read full book review >

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THE LUCKIEST GIRL by Beverly Cleary
FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 1958

"That same balance of humor and understanding, and the calmly affirmative outlook which have distinguished Beverly Cleary's many successful books for younger readers, makes this a teen-age story, a cut above the average."
A sixteen-year-old girl gains perspective into herself and her family when she leaves her comfortable Oregon home and spends a year visiting with friends in California. Read full book review >