Search Results: "Claire M. Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

ROUX MORGUE by Claire M. Johnson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2008

"Sexual tension, cooking tips and a neatly packaged mystery. All in all, a tasty tale."
Pastry chef Mary Ryan (Beat Until Stiff, 2002) is hired by a culinary institute where murder is on the menu. Read full book review >

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BEAT UNTIL STIFF by Claire M. Johnson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Even dedicated foodies may find this easy to resist."
A first mystery from a former California pastry chef features a San Francisco pastry chef, smart-aleck Mary Ryan, who has a cop for an ex-husband, his ex-partner O'Connor for an innuendo-packed love interest, and the sort of imagination that dreams up persimmon puddings for soiree desserts. Read full book review >

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THE KEY & THE FLAME by Claire M. Caterer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2013

"Fine enough as fantasy goes—but there are better. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Excessive length dilutes this fantasy adventure. Read full book review >

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THE WAND & THE SEA by Claire M. Caterer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 23, 2015

"Generic. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Holly returns to the alternate realm that she can only reach from a holiday cottage. Read full book review >

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HENRIETHA by Joyce M. Johnson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 27, 2010

"Cathartic and politically thoughtful, if didactic and clichéd."
A pair of novellas about friendship and endurance in the face of hardship. Read full book review >

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In Search of Tom Candy by Dairl M. Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A well-crafted book that weaves together historical facts and fiction to explore interesting but far-fetched conspiracies behind Lincoln's assassination."
Historical fiction that explores a young journalist's quest to understand the link between his father and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SIDE by Lacy M. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 2014

"Ferociously beautiful and courageous, Johnson's intimate story sheds light on the perpetuation of violence against women."
In this riveting memoir, Johnson (Trespasses, 2012) writes of falling prey to an act of terrifying violence and its aftermath. Read full book review >

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LOTTIE PARIS AND THE BEST PLACE by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2013

"Bound to be a favorite for storytimes, classroom sharing and pre-library visits. After all, libraries are the best place. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Librarians get out your order pads; this picture-book homage to libraries is a charmer. Read full book review >

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LOTTIE PARIS LIVES HERE by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"The final spread shows the small family's love: Lottie in Papa Pete's lap on the porch swing, eyes closed, smiling, cuddling her little dog on her lap. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Sure, she lives here, but she also plays, pretends and occasionally gets in trouble in this lively story about a young African-American girl and her Papa Pete. 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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LUCY AND THE BULLY by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The foreword, by a staff therapist at Northwestern's Family Institute, provides tips for parents and teachers on using stories in bullying-prevention programs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lucy, a primary grader, is good at art to the delight of all her classmates, except for Tommy. Read full book review >