Search Results: "Connie McLennan"


BOOK REVIEW

IRISH ALPHABET by Rickey E. Pittman
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 2011

"The device works tolerably but more contextualization and greater sensitivity to the audience level would have made the book more useful. (Picture book. 7-10)"
This luck-of-the-Irish alphabet book cites Irish legends and symbols with intertwined one-stanza poems. Read full book review >

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THE RAINFOREST GREW ALL AROUND by Susan K. Mitchell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"A lighter, less message-driven alternative to Lynne Cherry's classroom standby, Great Kapok Tree (1990). (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Modeling her text on the folk version of "And the Green Grass Grew All Around" (rather than William Jerome's lurid ballad of the same name), Mitchell tours a tall kapok tree, pointing out for each cumulative verse a cat, a snake, an ant, a frog or other floral or faunal resident of its ecosystem. Read full book review >

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DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS by Connie Goldsmith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Equally apt for research projects and as a single go-to source of information. (Nonfiction. 11-18)"
With myriad dietary supplements available in the largely unregulated market, this effort explores the value vs. the potential danger of these products. Read full book review >

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PURE COP by Connie Fletcher
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 2, 1992

"Without the in-depth intensity of David Simon's Homicide (p. 527) and the confessional candor of Mark Baker's Cops (1985)—but, still, engaging, sometimes enthralling dispatches from behind the shield: a true-crime treat."
Chicago special-unit cops talk shop in a sure-footed sequel to What Cops Know (1990). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 1994

"By retaining her mental balance about her subject, Bruck allows the reader to enjoy mental balance as well."
This much ballyhooed book starts out slowly and seems derivative. Read full book review >

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SISTERS AND LOVERS by Connie Briscoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1994

"Smoothly readable, but flat and uninventive. (First printing of 35,000; Literary Guild alternate selection; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Imagine Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale without the sex, the sizzle, and the funky humor and you have a fair idea of Briscoe's first novel about three black sisters and their problems with their menfolk. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"'Wholesome meals, enjoyed as a special celebration or as part of our daily routine, are an important aspect of the art of living,' Guttersen writes. Don't take her word for it; try it out yourself."
An update to Guttersen's classic cookbook features more than 200 new recipes capturing the flavors and body-smart cuisine of the Golden State. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 2, 2007

"A book disappointingly devoid of substance."
Is Ohio's junior senator planning a 2012 run for president? Read full book review >

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DOOMSDAY BOOK by Connie Willis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 15, 1992

"Splendid work—brutal, gripping, and genuinely harrowing, the product of diligent research, fine writing, and well-honed instincts, that should appeal far beyond the usual science-fiction constituency."
Second solo novel (following Lincoln's Dreams, 1987) from an author best known for her strong stories (the collection Fire Watch, etc.). Read full book review >

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NO PLACE FOR A DAME by Connie Brockway
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"Clever, sexy, fun and breathtakingly romantic."
The latest from RITA award recipient (The Bridal Season, 2001, etc.) and Minnesota resident Brockway. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Beautifully straightforward, unadorned, evocative prose that will likely inspire a new generation of travelers."
Booze, brawls, broads—an Aussie adventurer explores the macho commonalities of communities around the globe. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"McLennan's is less an aid to hikers than a handbook for outlet-mall devotees."
For those who know they want a meaningful spiritual life, but don—t know where to find one. Read full book review >