Search Results: "Brenda Cooper"


BOOK REVIEW

WILDERS by Brenda Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"The potential for some interesting ideas languishes in a half-built world populated with barely sketched characters."
The first of a near-future series about an uneasy balance between city and country. Read full book review >

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BUILDING HARLEQUIN’S MOON by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2005

"Despite many agreeable details, there's little to be done with such a far-fetched and overelaborate setup; practically from page one the narrative settles into a comfortable rut and thereafter stays its entirely predictable course."
First full-length outing for these long-time collaborators, in Niven's (Ringworld's Children, 2004, etc.) world-building tradition—literally. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2014

"Infused with humor, hope and cleareyed compassion—a fresh take on an old paradigm. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Violet's a bright, engaging biracial preteen, resigned to a "predictable summer of boring nothing" in small-town Washington; happily, for her and for readers, she couldn't be more wrong. Read full book review >

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CEMETERY STREET by Brenda Seabrooke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2008

"Bucky's first dog meets a gruesome end and there are hints about Satanic involvement, but these elements clash with the apparent main plot of new-girl-moves-to-town-and-conquers-all-she-encounters-with-guts. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Arriving with their oft-wedded but currently single mom in Limbo Key, Fla., when their car dies, Courtney and little brother Bucky are not pleased with their rental on Cemetery Street. Read full book review >

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DEFINITELY COOL by Brenda Wilkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Nevertheless, Roxanne's honesty and zeal, the affectionate bumbling of her longtime friend Rolland, and a liberal dose of contemporary slang make for an easy, timely slide through the first days of junior high. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Roxanne's exhilaration as she faces seventh grade is tempered only by her penchant for worry. Read full book review >

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ROSALIND FRANKLIN by Brenda Maddox
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"At once a scientific exploration and a personal history, Maddox's biography is inviting and ultimately satisfying. (16 pages b&w photos)"
This engagingly direct biography of Franklin encapsulates her vital contributions to science and in particular the deciphering of DNA while providing a durable portrait of a forceful personality. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Maddox's investigation lacks the dazzling heft of John McPhee's Annals of the Former World (1998), but it makes for a gentle introduction to early modern natural history, one of the last eras in which a gentleman (or gentlewoman) scholar might ever hope to have a solid grasp of every branch of science."
The word "scientist" is Georgian, but the scientific habit of mind is Victorian—and quite British, as this popular history ably shows. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 2, 2014

"A concrete business guide that emphasizes relationship building."
In her latest how-to for business executives, Bence (Leading YOU, 2016, etc.) proposes a people-oriented approach for leadership. Read full book review >

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Bibsy by Brenda Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A lovingly constructed, engrossing novel about an African-American family and hamlet."
Ross tells the story of a woman searching for peace in a threatened black community in the Hudson Valley. Read full book review >

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THE LAST GOOD FREUDIAN by Brenda Webster
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"A fresh take on the poorlittlerichgirl theme, whinefree and surprisingly frank. (16 b&w photos)"
Soulbearing memoirs of a woman ``born and brought up to be in psychoanalysis,'' who discovers rather late in life that writing fiction has taught her more about herself than years of psychotherapy. Read full book review >

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GOTTA FIND ME AN ANGEL by Brenda Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2006

"Unlikely but successful combination of light humor and introspection."
Country music elegy to a long-lost woman, lesbian-style. Read full book review >