Search Results: "Claire Bidwell Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

THE RULES OF INHERITANCE by Claire Bidwell Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 2012

"Recommended for adults in their teens, 20s and 30s who are interested in stories of loss and the aftermath of a parent's death."
A young psychotherapist's nonlinear debut memoir describing myriad personal tragedies including the deaths of both parents. Read full book review >

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AFTER THIS by Claire Bidwell Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 28, 2015

"A touch morbid and obsessive, and in the end, probably not all that helpful to those struggling with grief."
An angst-ridden search for the afterlife. Read full book review >

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FELIX AND THE BLUE DRAGON by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"An extra. (Picture book. 4-8)"
First published in 1993 and reissued in 2005, it's the art that makes this British import worth the trip. Read full book review >

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Released: April 20, 1989

Baseball slugger Baylor reflects on his life in the sport (with some help from Smith, baseball columnist for the Hartford Courant). Read full book review >

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CLAIRE DEDERER
by Stephanie Buschardt

Longtime critic and essayist Claire Dederer has always had a slight obsession with film director Roman Polanski. So in the summer of 2011, a year after the release of Poser, her gutsy, bestselling debut memoir about yoga and motherhood, she set out to write her next book with him in mind. “I was working on that book,” Dederer recalls ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MONKEY AND THE LITTLE ONE by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"The story looks beautiful, but the depths of the issue are never plumbed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A mouse disturbs a monkey's tranquility but soon turns from irksome to indispensable in Alexander's tale of friendship's often strange course. Read full book review >

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GOOSEBUMPS
by Leila Roy

When sleep finally comes, I sink into a murky world of shadows. There is a tunnel before me, with bright light in the distance. The ground rumbles. White fog surrounds me. My heart is pounding. Something is coming, but I do not know what, and only feel its presence, a terrible shadow that slithers along the ground, leaving a trail ...

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GRUMPY PANTS by Claire Messer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"Really well turned, with balance, momentum, and all the right notes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The grumps are particularly vexing when you are a little penguin and you don't even know where they came from. Read full book review >

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MOON OVER MANIFEST by Claire Vanderpool
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"The absolute necessity of story as a way to redemption and healing past wounds is at the heart of this beautiful debut, and readers will cherish every word up to the heartbreaking yet hopeful and deeply gratifying ending. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
When 12-year-old Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kan., in 1936 to stay with her father's boyhood friend, little does she know her sojourn will take her back, via mesmerizing tales, newspaper clippings, curious mementoes and World War I letters, to Manifest as it was in 1918—and into the life of the mysterious boy nicknamed Jinx. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 11, 1990

Based on interviews with adult men and women whose parents were divorced when they were children, this study by a free-lance journalist of the effects of divorce is heartfelt but unsatisfying. Read full book review >

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PROTECTED by Claire Zorn
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"A story that defies the 'dead sister' genre and questions the very structure of familial relationships. (Fiction. 14-18)"
When your sister dies, your life is supposed to get worse. But how should you feel if it actually gets a little better? Read full book review >