Search Results: "Dianne Hales"


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NON-FICTION
Released: May 12, 2009

"A somewhat entertaining but gushing and affected frolic through Italy's rich linguistic past and present."
An unabashed celebration of Italian language and culture. Read full book review >

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MONA LISA by Dianne Hales
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The breezy tone is a jarring contrast to the considerable scholarship that informs the author's history."
Like many visitors to the Louvre, journalist Hales (La Bella Lingua: A Passionate Journey through the World's Most Beautiful Language, 2009, etc.) was fascinated by Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait and set out to investigate the real Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo: "Why did the most renowned painter of her time choose her as his model?...And why does her smile enchant us still?" Read full book review >

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Released: March 9, 1999

"But as a general look around and update on research into women's health and life cycle issues, this is fine."
An overview of recent gender-specific research that is redefining womanhood, drawing on biology, anthropology, and psychology. Read full book review >

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A SMALL MADNESS by Dianne Touchell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2016

"Told with compassion and empathy, a conversation-starting look at the dangers of keeping a pregnancy secret. (Fiction. 14-18)"
High school couple Rose and Michael deal with the devastating consequences of her insistence that an unexpected pregnancy simply isn't real in this Australian import. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF SOMEDAY by Dianne Dixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Slightly flawed, but an OK way to spend a rainy afternoon."
Screenwriter Dixon's (The Language of Secrets, 2010) second novel centers on the convergence of the lives of three women who have a mysterious connection. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST CUT by Dianne Emley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Nicely developed characters and genuine suspense elevate this impressive crime debut."
Pasadena police detective back on the job after a traumatic attack investigates the brutal sex murder of another female officer. Read full book review >

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HANUKKAH IN AMERICA by Dianne Ashton
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 2013

"A fact-filled, mostly interesting account of Hanukkah's development in the United States."
An American Jewish History editor details the modern development of Hanukkah's rituals and traditions Read full book review >

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IN THE EMPIRE OF DREAMS by Dianne Highbridge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"Enchantingly detailed, with insightfully developed characters and a number of remarkably imagined scenes, Highbridge's tale still needs a stronger framework to keep its many fine moments from seeming as fragmented as they do."
Drawing on her own experiences in Tokyo—having taught English to Japanese adults and being married to a Japanese man—Highbridge follows her powerful debut (A Much Younger Man, 1998) with this lesser but still compelling series of interlocking vignettes about three Western women who have come to Tokyo to pursue academic research. Read full book review >

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COLD CALL by Dianne Pugh
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A first novel that's breezily on target about sexual politics in the office, though it's a shame that only one of these guys actually gets tabbed for the killing."
Investment counselor Iris Thorne—a teacher of the deaf who changed careers to run with the wolves in L.A.'s financial district- -offers a fascinating mix of the contemporary and the nostalgic as she tracks down the killer of her deaf, polio-stricken office mailman Alley. Read full book review >

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CALL WAITING by Dianne Blacklock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Derivative dialogue, trite plot, a big ho-hum debut."
Lackluster chick-lit from Down Under. Read full book review >

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A MUCH YOUNGER MAN by Dianne Highbridge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"As the lovers here see nought but each other, the story sees little but them and their obsession—and in that context the heights and depths of passion and each frisson of delight are finely done."
The emergence of an abiding love between a schoolteacher in her 30s and the 16-year-old son of a longtime friend is the main event in this softly rendered, erotically charged debut from Tokyo-based Australian Highbridge. Read full book review >