Search Results: "Diane Zahler"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 1998

"Decorated by a glamorous roster of friends and acquaintances (from Andy Warhol to Queen Elizabeth II), this biography is direct and unpretentious, but essentially insubstantial—much like the wrap dress. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Build a better dress and they will come: this is the theme of this celebrity autobiography by designer/jet setter Von Furstenberg. Read full book review >

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BAKER'S MAGIC by Diane Zahler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A sweet, magical, environmentally conscious adventure. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
A young orphan will need all the magic she can muster if she is to help her friends, defeat an evil mage, and figure out how to save the kingdom from destruction. Read full book review >

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THE THIRTEENTH PRINCESS by Diane Zahler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Delicious descriptions of gowns and (worn-out) slippers, teas and sweetmeats, pink castle and dark forest make up for the pale villains, incomplete magic and the occasional obviousness of the story's fairy-tale skeleton. (Fairy tale/fantasy. 8-12)"
This sweetly written reimagining of "The 12 Dancing Princesses" is for younger readers than the richer and darker Princess of the Midnight Ball, by Jessica Day George (2009). Read full book review >

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THE MARVELWOOD MAGICIANS by Diane Zahler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A hair-raising, exhilarating, big-top mystery. (Fantasy/mystery. 8-13)"
Mathilda "Mattie" Marvelwood wants a normal life: friends, school, and a home in one place. Read full book review >

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SLEEPING BEAUTY'S DAUGHTERS by Diane Zahler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A refreshing fairy tale that breaks the passive-heroine mold. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Two sisters quest to break a spell, even as one of them succumbs to the same curse that kept their mother asleep for 100 years. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS OF THE WILD SWANS by Diane Zahler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"A pleasant magical outing. (Fairy tale/fantasy. 8-12)"
In her third fairy-tale novelization, Zahler (The Thirteenth Princess, 2010, and A True Princess, 2011) dips into Hans Christian Andersen's "The Wild Swans" and mixes in a bit of Celtic folklore. Read full book review >

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A TRUE PRINCESS by Diane Zahler
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A middling middle-grade muddle. (Fairy tale/fantasy. 9-12)"
Incorporating elements from Andersen's "The Princess and the Pea," Norse mythology and European faerie lore, Zahler crams this brisk tale with an amalgam of folklore motifs, stock characters and familiar plot points. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIANE ARBUS by Arthur Lubow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Despite limitations on research, Lubow sharply captures Arbus' restlessness, pain, and artistic vision."
Photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971) was addicted to danger, sex, and human oddities. Read full book review >

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DIANE GOODE'S BOOK OF GIANTS AND LITTLE PEOPLE by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"It's a thoughtfully organized book, suitable for almost any folklore collection. (Folklore. 5-10)"
Like her previous efforts in this vein (Diane Goode's Book of Silly Stories and Songs, 1992, etc.), Goode offers a diverse, accessible, and well-rounded collection of stories about people big and small, interspersing old favorites (``The Elves and the Shoemaker,'' ``Teeny Tiny,'' etc.) with more unusual gems: the West Indian ``Anansi and the Plantains,'' the Japanese ``Three Strong Women,'' and the wryly feminist ``Managing Molly.'' The book opens with a wise introduction and closes with Nancy Willard's ``Magic Story for Falling Asleep''just the right note. Read full book review >

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DIANE GOODE'S BOOK OF SILLY STORIES AND SONGS by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A perfect gift book that will also find many library uses. (Folklore. 4-10)"
Another attractive, well-planned volume in the style of The Diane Goode Book of American Folk Tales & Songs (1989). Read full book review >

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MEAN BUSINESS ON NORTH GANSON STREET by S. Craig Zahler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"If you can get past the detailed descriptions of violence and mutilation, you'll find that Zahler (Corpus Chrome, Inc., 2014, etc.) tells a gripping story."
A detective's smart mouth gets him transferred from sunny Arizona to frigid Missouri, where life is worse in every way imaginable. Read full book review >

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UNKNOWN REMAINS by Peter Leonard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"This multithread thriller is a weak Xerox of something that has been done with more distinction elsewhere."
A 9/11 widow discovers that her late husband was harboring a wealth of secrets in this unusual thriller. Read full book review >