Search Results: "Dana Spiotta"


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EAT THE DOCUMENT by Dana Spiotta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2006

"Fiction as documentary, a coruscating, heartrending fable of struggle and loss."
Two 1970s activists spend decades on the run in Spiotta's antihero odyssey. Read full book review >

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LIGHTNING FIELD by Dana Spiotta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2001

"Mostly unmemorable people, but a witty satire, nonetheless, about the lives of the idle and beautiful."
The glittering if ephemeral distractions of life in the City of Angels are lampooned with a wry, knowing touch, in a funny first novel by a writer who grew up "surrounded by the movie industry." Read full book review >

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INNOCENTS AND OTHERS by Dana Spiotta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"A superb, spiky exploration of artistic motivation."
The complex relationship among three women and the film world drives this tale of technology and its discontents. Read full book review >

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STONE ARABIA by Dana Spiotta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2011

"A fine novel about heartbreak. Spiotta keenly understands how busily we construct images of ourselves for the public, and how hard loved ones work to dismantle them."
A woman tussles with memories of her brother, a rock 'n' roll cult hero, in a sharp, challenging novel about identity and family history. Read full book review >

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DYING FOR DANA by Jim Patton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

Max Travis, the white-knight ADA of Portland, Oregon, is in big trouble this time, and it's all his fault. Read full book review >

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UNICORN VS. GOBLINS by Dana Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Fans of the series may appreciate its untiring comedic banter, but the endless sparkles and running jokes start to lose a bit of their luster, making this feel a bit like a one-trick pony—er, unicorn. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
In this third installment, Phoebe and her unicorn find themselves encountering yet more whimsical hilarity. Read full book review >

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KAY KAY'S ALPHABET SAFARI by Dana Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Kids will enjoy the silliness, and there's lots of potential for the classroom. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Themed alphabet books are like the Little Engine that Could—they just keep on comin'. Read full book review >

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PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN by Dana Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A sweet, spun-sugar confection just right for unicorn fans. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
A pink, bubble-gum bonbon of a tale spun of a likable, albeit self-centered, fourth-grader and her magical, self-obsessed, although sometimes-kind, unicorn. Read full book review >

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OZZIE AND THE ART CONTEST by Dana Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"Once the story's lesson is revealed, there is little reason to read this one again. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ozzie enters the art contest at school only to be disappointed at the results. Read full book review >

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SOUTH OF SUNSHINE by Dana Elmendorf
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2016

"Ultimately, the novel contains positive messages about acceptance, but they are wrapped in an occasionally uneven plot. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Fearing small-town gossip and recriminations, Kaycee struggles to continue hiding her attraction to girls when world-traveler Bren moves into town. Read full book review >

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THIRTY MILLION WORDS by Dana Suskind
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Informative, exciting new data that confirms the significant benefits gained by talking to your child."
New research demonstrating the importance of communicating with your child right from birth. Read full book review >

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LIKE WATER ON STONE by Dana Walrath
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"The emotional impact these events had on individuals will certainly resonate, but understanding the conflict at large may still require supplemental reading. (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
This verse novel uses alternating narrators to document three siblings' flight from the 1915 Armenian genocide. Read full book review >