Search Results: "Diana Wagman"


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LIFE #6 by Diana Wagman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2015

"Although Wagman follows the contours of conventional midlife-crisis fiction with a too-easy ending, thoughtful references to Greek myth and musings on the nature of survival give the tale a darker, deeper hue."
In Wagman's latest (The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets, 2012, etc.), a cancer diagnosis and faltering marriage cause a middle-aged woman to contact the lover she hasn't seen in years.Read full book review >

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SKIN DEEP by Diana Wagman
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A disappointing debut from screenwriter Wagman, especially considering its intriguing initial idea."
A first novel with a fascinating concept falters when it leaves the main premise behind to examine less interesting byways. Read full book review >

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THE CARE AND FEEDING OF EXOTIC PETS by Diana Wagman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"The opportunities for cliché are endless, but Wagman avoids most of them. Matters of timing aside, a satisfying glimpse into a herpetological demimonde—and the weird households of sunny SoCal."
A sometimes slow-moving but evocative study in the oddball psychology—or better, psychologies—that is as much a Southern California hallmark as sun and surf. Read full book review >

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BUMP by Diana Wagman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Unsettling, witty, grim. The suicide notes are the best."
Four lives collide in a third death-obsessed fable from Wagman (Spontaneous, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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EXTRAORDINARY OCTOBER by Diana Wagman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Offbeat while also incorporating themes of tolerance, October's tale will have readers rooting for her every step of the way. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
An ordinary girl, an unquenchable itch, a bizarre, spontaneously appearing flower-shaped ankle tattoo—and suddenly, four days before October Fetterhoff's 18th birthday, she begins to change. Read full book review >

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SPONTANEOUS by Diana Wagman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2000

"The frustrated desires of these characters are linked symbolically to the meat in Aunt Neddy's freezer. Spontaneous combustion microwaves rather than thaws, leaving its products ready quickly, and as well done as this exercise in flash defrosting."
Wagman's second (after Skin Deep, 1997), like a good Hollywood thriller, links an implausible premise to events convincing enough in their detail and swift enough in their development to carry the reader forward. Read full book review >

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MRS. HORNSTIEN by Fredrica Wagman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1997

"A consumer fantasy, yes, but this bologna wrapped up like a Black Forest ham should sell. (First printing of 100,000; $100,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Philadelphia-based shortie by novelist Wagman (Peachy, 1993) that asks the pressing question: Can Marty Fish, 17, fathered by a Russian Jew, find happiness with a mother-in-law like Mrs. Hornstien? Read full book review >

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PEACHY by Fredrica Wagman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 1993

"More a lemon than a peach."
Wagman (Magic Man, Magic Man, 1975, etc.) returns after almost 18 years to limn—in excruciatingly pretentious prose—the midlife crisis of an aging American Princess. Read full book review >

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HIS SECRET LITTLE WIFE by Fredrica Wagman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"Sensual but florid novella on art and morality that never quite convinces."
A young girl's life is changed forever when a famous composer and his wife move in next door. Read full book review >

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WILDFLOWER ABC by Diana Pomeroy
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Some readers will want to refer to the earlier book for instructions on how to create the prints. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Using potato prints, acrylic paints, and appliquÇ, Pomeroy (One Potato, 1996) has created an alphabet of wildflowers not to be missed. Read full book review >

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ONE POTATO by Diana Pomeroy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"Odds are that young readers will stampede kitchenward on a potato raid! (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-8)"
Subtitled "A Counting Book of Potato Prints,'' Pomeroy's first book is a handsome one indeed. Read full book review >