Search Results: "Carrie Berk"


BOOK REVIEW

CARRIE by Stephen King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 8, 1974

"But as they still say around here, 'Sit a spell and collect yourself.'"
Figuratively and literally shattering moments of hoRRRRRipilication in Chamberlain, Maine where stones fly from the sky rather than from the hands of the villagers (as they did in "The Lottery," although the latter are equal to other forms of persecution). Read full book review >

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PEACE, LOVE AND CUPCAKES by Sheryl Berk
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"Cupcake recipes and baking tips are included in this overlong (for the audience) effort that misses the opportunity to effectively deal with bullying. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Can developing a successful baking club help a fourth-grader move out from the shadow of a persistent bully? Read full book review >

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RECIPE FOR TROUBLE by Sheryl Berk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Fans of the first effort—and young bakers—will likely enjoy another outing, but it's nothing more than an average early chapter book in a crowded field. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Kylie and her friends, introduced in Peace, Love and Cupcakes (2012), are back for another bakefest. Read full book review >

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SISTER CARRIE by Lauren Fairbanks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 7, 1993

"Pretentious nonsense."
Like Kathy Acker, first-novelist Fairbanks finds inspiration for her barely readable word collage in the works of Joyce, Beckett, and Burroughs. Read full book review >

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THE CARRIE DIARIES by Candace Bushnell
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2010

"Yes, the sex, drugs and drinking will titillate, but Carrie's sharp observations of her peers and human relationships give the book smart, sassy intellectual power. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Before she made a name for herself as a New York City sex columnist, Carrie Bradshaw lived in a small Connecticut town and navigated the perils of high school, the events of which she narrates here in the present tense. Read full book review >

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CARRIE AND ME by Carol Burnett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2013

"A mediocre book, but it's not difficult to understand why Burnett wrote it. Instead of buying it, rent Tokyo Pop, a 1988 cult classic starring a young, radiant Hamilton."
Comedian Burnett (This Time Together, 2010, etc.) limns her relationship with her eldest daughter, Carrie Hamilton, who died of cancer at age 38. Read full book review >

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DEATH WATCH by Ari Berk
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"Original ideas bog down in prosy, purpose-driven writing. (reading group guide, author Q&A) (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Folklorist Berk enters the world of teen lit with mixed results. Read full book review >

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THE DARK DAYS OF HAMBURGER HALPIN by Josh Berk
FICTION
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"Only a clichéd fatness explanation (overeating) and the implausibility of such highly successful lip reading distract; but the funny, clever voice and the small but spot-on thread of deaf politics make this a winner. (Fiction. 12-16)"
This witty tale of mainstreaming, misfits and murder glitters like the "Future Diamonds" that coal-mine souvenirs promise to someday become. Read full book review >

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LAUGH LINES by Ann Berk
Released: April 20, 1989

Another investigation of the cracks in the lives of picture-perfect contemporary women—those who suffer booms and busts that Berk suggests are the legacy of feminism. Read full book review >

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MISTLE CHILD by Ari Berk
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Fine bedtime fare for readers looking to cut down on their sleep. (Ghost story. 12-15)"
The bipolar young escort to newly dead souls introduced in Death Watch (2011) acquires potentially soul-corrupting powers and necromantic skills in this deliberately paced but strongly atmospheric middle volume. Read full book review >

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GUY LANGMAN: CRIME SCENE PROCRASTINATOR by Josh Berk
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 13, 2012

"Realistic grief, humor, camp, crime investigation—and plenty of good boner jokes. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Hilarious wit and serious gloom blend seamlessly as Guy wades through the year after his dad's death. Read full book review >

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SAY IT AIN'T SO by Josh Berk
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"Lenny is thrown several curves as he solves the mystery and finds a deeper appreciation of what it means to be a friend in this satisfying caper. (Mystery. 8-12)"
The second installment in the Lenny & the Mikes mysteries finds Lenny Norbeck and his friends Mike and Other Mike in seventh grade with a new case to solve. Read full book review >