Search Results: "Charlotte Vale-Allen"


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SOMEBODY'S BABY by Charlotte Vale Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Badly unsatisfying, then but so goes escapism, attendant upon its flaws: On the summer's beaches, readers will willingly close their eyes and follow Snow to her reward."
To the author's credit, this would-be twisted tale is remarkably readable, even though Allen (Leftover Dreams, 1992, etc.) runs out of ideas well before her final chapter. Read full book review >

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WHERE IS THE BABY? by Charlotte Vale-Allen
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Inspired by real events, Vale-Allen (Parting Gifts, 2001, etc.) invents a compelling back story for her characters that makes for a real page turner."
Does the dark past of three characters justify their present actions? Read full book review >

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DREAMING IN COLOR by Charlotte Vale Allen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 15, 1993

"Topical and, oddly, commercially comfy."
Veteran novelist Allen (Leftover Dreams, 1992, etc.) now offers an ultimately feel-good tale about the successful rehabilitation of a severely battered woman who, with her child, is aided by three generations of women. Read full book review >

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LEFTOVER DREAMS by Charlotte Vale Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1992

"Leftover dreams, in this case at least, don't make for a satisfying meal."
Allen's 27th novel details the generally unremarkable lives of two Canadian sisters, from their miserable Toronto childhood to one sibling's success in London as the owner of a chain of copy shops: a ho-hum Cinderella tale in which the bad guys may be repulsive, but the good guys are fatally dull. Read full book review >

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PARTING GIFTS by Charlotte Vale Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"A bit way-out, but just the ticket if you're in the mood for a good cry."
Another weepy offering from the prolific Allen (Somebody's Baby, 1995, etc.), this one a modern variation on the classic baby-on-the-doorstep melodrama. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"There are some perceptive moments here, but the vast scope of the project and its occasional biases overshadow Allen's obvious erudition."
An ambitious but unsatisfying intellectual history of the quest for the historical Jesus by a contributing editor to Lingua Franca. Read full book review >

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LUMBERJANES TO THE MAX
by Julie Danielson

Have you heard the happy Lumberjanes news? Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! is on shelves now from New York Times bestselling author Mariko Tamaki. She has adapted the comic book series to novel format for middle-grade readers, complete with spot illustrations from Brooke Allen. I chatted, very briefly, with Tamaki, who is excited about this new project. But then, for the love ...


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PAINTING THE STORY OF A SONG WITH CHARLOTTE RILEY-WEBB
by Julie Danielson

Gary Golio’s newest picture book is, in many ways, the biography of a song. Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song, illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb, tells the story of how Holiday and Abel Meeropol—the son of Jewish immigrants, who was himself outraged by discrimination against African Americans in the 1930s—joined forces to create one of the ...


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A HIGHLANDER IN VEGAS by Jennae Vale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2016

"A fast-paced and engaging historical and romantic fantasy with strong protagonists."
A 17th-century Scottish highlander finds romance and intrigue after traveling to present-day Las Vegas. Read full book review >

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THE SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY BOOKS EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT IN APRIL
by John DeNardo

April is bringing a whole new enticing batch of science fiction and fantasy books that will stretch your imagination. Here's a selection of the ones that will be generating the most buzz. You'll find fallen angels, Death's assistant, human refugees in space, a revolution against the One Percent, matriarchal lunar colonies, giant robots, genetic thrills, biotech-weird, and ...


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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: CLAUDE ARNAUD
by Rhett Morgan

Even as a teenager, Jean Cocteau tried to calm worries about his future even as he would fly off in new and illogical directions stemming from his interests of the moment. “Never fear,” he wrote to his worried mother, “there is beneath my seeming frivolity something great and profound, which I have wanted to mask.” After that letter ...


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