Search Results: "Christina Noble"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Despite some holes, a heartbreaking story of a woman's survival and triumph against terrible odds. (First printing of 35,000; author tour)"
A children's rights activist's devastating account of the violence and destitution in her own life, which eventually led her to work with bui doi, the street children of Ho Chi Minh City. Read full book review >

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THE FRIENDSHIP TEST by Elizabeth Noble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"A wearying mix of stock characters in a lukewarm melodrama."
Despite the title, friendship takes a backseat to romance in British author Noble's second novel (The Reading Group, 2005) about the intersecting lives of a band of British women 20 years after they vow eternal friendship as college freshmen. Read full book review >

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THINGS I WANT MY DAUGHTERS TO KNOW by Elizabeth Noble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2008

"A comfortable if formulaic and sentimental scenario, delivered in a light tone with professionalism and a straight face."
A beyond-the-grave, mother/daughter heartstring-tugger, from the shrewd British novelist (Alphabet Weekends, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE DEMON RIFT by M.K. Noble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2017

"Effective for readers who appreciate supernatural gore, but the timeline becomes hard to track."
In this debut horror novel, several generations of women try to prevent a demon from opening a permanent rift between universes. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Elizabeth Noble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Bland, harmless New York City tableau from a chick-lit pro."
The highs, lows and heartaches of the residents of an upscale Manhattan apartment building, examined during the course of a few momentous months. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"Shallow, pretentious, and uninformed: not only failing to make its case persuasively but debasing the very concepts of heroism it claims to make available to women."
After the eloquent title, the high rhetoric, and the elaborate heroic schema appropriated from Joseph Campbell, Noble (Psychology, Women's Studies/Univ. of Washington) offers the very antithesis of the heroic: ordinary women leaving home and family to become nuns, teachers, lesbians. Read full book review >

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SPARTANS AT THE GATES by Noble Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2014

"Something different for historical fiction fans."
In the second volume of his Warrior Trilogy (Sons of Zeus, 2013), Smith's young warrior, Nikias, makes a perilous journey to seek aid from Athens to help defend the city-state of Plataea from the Spartans. Read full book review >

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THE READING GROUP by Elizabeth Noble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Bound to be a hit, but depressingly adept at perfecting the formula."
British chick-lit bestseller hits all the right marketing buttons. Read full book review >

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JACK THE BEAR by Christina Leist
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"While the clever choices of creatures to represent their important human counterparts may elicit chuckles from adults, this well-meaning tale ultimately fails to be greater than the sum of its parts. (Picture book. 4-6)"
On the cover a kindly bear looks up with open arms to welcome readers into an exploration of what could make "the world a better place." Read full book review >

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ATLANTIS by Christina Balit
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"A closing note by Geoffrey Ashe, author of Atlantis: Lost Lands, Ancient Wisdom (not reviewed), puts the tale into both historical and cultural perspective. (Picture book/folk tale. 8-10)"
Balit (Twelve Labors of Hercules, 1997) recasts Ancient World accounts into a spare narrative, describing Atlantis's creation as Poseidon's wedding gift to his mortal bride Cleito, its idyllic early history, gradual descent into lawlessness, and final punitive submergence. Read full book review >