Search Results: "Deb Olin Unferth"


BOOK REVIEW

WAIT TILL YOU SEE ME DANCE by Deb Olin Unferth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Chock-full of emotional insight and comic verve, Unferth's beguiling stories are not to be missed."
A stunning debut collection from Unferth (Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, 2011, etc.), in which a maverick cast of lonely characters wades through life's uncertainties. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A dryly humorous memoir of love, travel and wide-eyed idealism."
Chronicle of the chaotic year during which two-time Pushcart Prize-winning author Unferth (English/Wesleyan Univ.; Vacation, 2008, etc.) and her then-boyfriend went from being college coeds to aspiring communist revolutionaries in Central America. Read full book review >

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DEB OLIN UNFERTH
by Megan Labrise

Deb Olin Unferth’s quirky-funny-brilliant collection, Wait Till You See Me Dance, features 39 short (and shorter) stories on the absurdity and magnificence of everyday life. And they give the impression—I mean, they at times make you wonder if—they’re directly drawn from her life.

“She doesn’t have any skills,” Unferth writes in “My Daughter Debbie,” a story narrated by ...


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BOOK REVIEW

WICKED GAMES by Sean Olin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 10, 2014

"When readers reach the sequel-promising ending, their feeling will be more weariness than excitement. (Thriller. 14-18)"
A novel that feels inspired by nighttime soaps like Revenge. Read full book review >

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BROTHER/SISTER by Sean Olin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 9, 2011

"As soon as the first unfortunate skull is cracked open, they'll be catapulted head first into a world so ridiculously twisted that they won't know what hit them. (Horror. 14 & up)"
When Ashley and Will's violently drunk-ass mom is institutionalized by her strange, stoner boyfriend for the umpteenth time, the two siblings are left to fend for themselves. Read full book review >

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RECKLESS HEARTS by Sean Olin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"It's far from a must-read, but it's not without some appeal for readers looking for a romance with slightly higher stakes than the usual. (Romantic thriller. 14-18)"
When friendship turns into love, the path is rarely smooth—especially when there's a third party involved. Read full book review >

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BEAR AND SQUIRREL ARE FRIENDS...YES, REALLY! by Deb Pilutti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A nifty, expectation-defying read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-8) "
They might look very different, but Bear and Squirrel are friends. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 8, 2008

"No source citations, either. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Assuring readers that "you're not the first to have a time out, you're not the worst," Lucke presents 14 of the badly behaved from history—including Cleopatra the "Phighting Pharaoh," Isabella the "Not-So-Clean Queen" (she claimed to have bathed only twice in her life) and the "Armée Brat" Napoleon: "He looked at Germany and said, ‘Mine.' He saw Italy and said, ‘Mine.' " Unfortunately, she wastes her promising premise by skipping over nearly all of the actual details ("In 1717 Bach was given a time out for ‘stubbornness'), and by not checking her facts carefully—no, Rosa Parks did not become an activist after she was arrested, and no, she did not receive the Congressional Medal of Honor (she did win the Congressional Gold Medal). Read full book review >

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THE LAST FOREVER by Deb Caletti
ROMANCE
Released: April 1, 2014

"A story that proves there can, indeed, be life after death. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A despairing father and his 17-year-old daughter take an emotional journey together that brings redemption, hope and healing. Read full book review >

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THE SECRETS WE KEEP by Deb Loughead
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Too many flaws to make it worthy of precious reading time. (Mystery. 12-16)"
Secrets and lies and guilt and shame choke this mild thriller. Read full book review >

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SHADOW GIRL by Deb Abramson
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"The memoir as reduced to recitals of dysfunction."
A competently written, unremarkable coming-of-age memoir. Read full book review >