Search Results: "Diane Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

L’AFFAIRE by Diane Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2003

"If L'Affaire were a dinner companion, she (or he) would be quite learned but, sadly, a terrible bore."
An avalanche in the Alps brings together a disparate group for much debate over cultural differences in Johnson's latest novel of ideas (Le Divorce, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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LE DIVORCE by Diane Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 1997

"A shrewd, carefully detailed portrait of the ways in which Americans and the French continue to romanticize, denigrate, and misapprehend each other, contained in a well-paced, believably dramatic narrative."
A modern collision of French and American mores begins in near farce but ends in tragedy in Johnson's bright, unsparing novel. Read full book review >

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NATURAL OPIUM by Diane Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 14, 1993

"Maybe Johnson should have stayed at home."
Peevish, polished travel reports by a novelist (Health and Happiness, 1990, etc.), biographer (Dashiell Hammett, 1983), and book critic (Terrorists and Novelists, 1982). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"Nothing is as wonderful as a trip to la ville lumière, but this is a good second choice."
The bestselling author turns her hand to travel writing in an episodic, engaging evocation of Paris. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLYOVER LIVES by Diane Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2014

"The unfailing deftness of the prose makes this book a pleasure."
A European's challenge inspires a family history. Read full book review >

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LULU IN MARRAKECH by Diane Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2008

"As stimulating as Johnson's previous work, but there are too many loose ends (an unexplained fire, the fate of a kid nabbed by Moroccan security) and the resolution disappoints."
Johnson (L'Affaire, 2003, etc.) breaks new ground by making her American expatriate a CIA spy in Morocco. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOUR AMERICA by Diane Siebert
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Entertaining, educational and possibly even inspirational. (list of art and mediums) (Poetry/nonfiction. 8-12)"
Siebert once again mines her knowledge of the United States, gained during a ten-year motorcycle odyssey with her husband, to produce poems that celebrate sites famous and lesser known. Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLE WITH WISHES by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"A classy retelling of a classic myth highlighting the meaning of real companionship. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this version of the Greek myth Pygmalion, Stanley interprets "notions of perfect beauty and misguided love." Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"Her classic illustrations capture body language and facial expression to a T. A wonderful celebration of the end of a school year, ideal for preparing kindergartners. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Gilbert and his friends return to delight their fans in this look at their last day of school. Read full book review >

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LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE by Diane DeGroat
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Readers who have enjoyed Gilbert's earlier exploits will look forward to more from this remarkably human opossum. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Using the story of George Washington and the cherry tree as inspiration, school children realize that the lessons they learn about honesty extend beyond the skit they perform. Read full book review >