Search Results: "Diane Schoemperlen"


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BY THE BOOK by Diane Schoemperlen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An extremely clever and often graceful collection that rewards the curious reader but should not be approached with the expectation of traditional story."
A new collection by Schoemperlen (At a Loss for Words, 2008, etc.) offers stories that revel in unconventional forms and odd details, each one mining texts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries in an exploration of collage and fragmentation.Read full book review >

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IN THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE by Diane Schoemperlen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Better in pieces than as a whole: bright shards from a promising writer who shouldn't be afraid to hammer together a real structure next time. (Author tour)"
Using the hundred simple words of a word-association test as starting points for its hundred chapters, Canadian Schoemperlen's debut novel demonstrates why it's probably better to avoid such gimmicks altogether—here, a hundred brilliantly written separate episodes turn into one long and sadly stagnant narrative. Read full book review >

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RED PLAID SHIRT by Diane Schoemperlen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2003

"In all, smart and imaginative."
Tales both new and previously collected (this is the author's sixth story volume) that are almost universally one part Alice Munro, one part Donald Barthelme. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2001

"Ambitious and intelligent, but more a collection of fascinating essays than a fulfilling piece of fiction."
What would you do if the Virgin Mary came to visit for a week? Taking off from this entertaining premise, the author of In the Language of Love (1996) falls short, though not for want of trying. Read full book review >

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FORMS OF DEVOTION by Diane Schoemperlen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"While there's no denying the author's considerable skill at turning a wry phrase, all the glitter here yields precious little substance. (144 b&w line drawings and half-tones) (Author tour)"
Echoing her first novel's artifice (In the Language of Love, 1996), Schoemperlen uses images culled largely from the 18th and 19th centuries as inspiration for her storytelling, winding up with a string of aborted experiments Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"An excellent introduction that will lead older children (and adults) to the music. (author's notes, chronology, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
At three, Mozart heard his older sister play the clavier and copied her. Read full book review >

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SIGNED, ABIAH ROSE by Diane Browning
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 25, 2010

"America. (author's note, further reading) (Picture book. 6-10)"
In a book that instantly evokes and sustains old-fashioned charm, readers meet young Abiah Rose, who lives in the Genesee River Valley sometime in the 18th century. Read full book review >

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THANKSGIVING IS HERE! by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Sure to please families of any size at harvest season. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A large extended family comes together at Grandma's house for an old-fashioned Thanksgiving. Read full book review >

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JOAN OF ARC by Diane Stanley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

From Stanley (Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter, 1997, etc.), a sympathetic biography that is also a straightforward affair, captured in gemlike illustrations that feign a Book of Hours touch—though many are drenched in piety—recounting the story of Joan's life. Read full book review >

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BUCK'S TOOTH by Diane  Kredensor
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"Lots of sight words, full-color cartoon illustrations, easy-to-read speech bubbles, humor, and lots of likable characters add up to a surefire hit for new readers. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Buck is a beaver with just one front tooth—but it's a big one! Read full book review >

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LAST ONE IN IS A ROTTEN EGG! by Diane DeGroat
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"DeGroat's artwork and story have a benign, empathetic cast to them, so the moral eases into the proceedings without becoming heavy handed. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Having been the principal in ten heartening, gently didactic books from deGroat, Gilbert is a familiar face by now: He's the one who looks like Albert Einstein, had Einstein been a young opossum. Read full book review >

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BRAND-NEW PENCILS, BRAND-NEW BOOKS by Diane DeGroat
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"DeGroat's watercolors—with their easygoing charm —evolve from expectant to relaxed as the kids find what first-graders have always found: School rarely meets their dire predictions, and even kids like Lewis have their time-honored place. (Picture book. 4-7)"
DeGroat ably threads her way through some well-trod ground: the first day of school. Read full book review >