Search Results: "Donna Gruber Adair"


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AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY by Donna Gruber Adair
Released: June 17, 2011

"With 2011 marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, Adair's novel is a fitting, rousing tribute to the courage of ordinary families who made extraordinary sacrifices."
A captivating generational tale of one family's pioneering travels during America's 19th-century westward expansion. Read full book review >

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THE BATHTUB PRIMA DONNA by Anne Brouillard
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Brouillard's illustrations are gems: a beckoning village square, a storm of operatic dimensions, and an unforgettable songbird. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This fine little enchantment from Brouillard follows the consequences of a prima donna discovering the tap will issue no water for her morning bath. Read full book review >

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HOOPI SHOOPI DONNA by Suzanne Strempek Shea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Until the ludicrous finale, when Betty's sister Aniela, a Donna look-alike from Poland, appears and offers a highly implausible rationale for Donna's father's inexcusable behavior, this is a sometimes rollicking, sometimes heartbreaking, effectively quirky read. (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
A worthy follow-up (titled after the American pronunciation of a Polish polka) to Shea's promising debut (Selling the Lite of Heaven, 1994); again, the author captures the spirit of an insular Polish-Catholic community and homes in on one unforgettable family. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF DONNA-MAY DEAN by Joey Manley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 1991

"Though sometimes slick—and though Keller's stories are not nearly the hoot Manley seems to think they are—this is an honest portrayal of not only small-town homosexuality but also of generational conflict."
A promising first novel that chronicles homosexual life in small-town Alabama—in particular, the coming of age of Jamie, who rejects the camp-riddled life of his storytelling mentor for realism. Read full book review >

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DONNA ROSE AND THE ROOTS OF EVIL by Norma Tadlock Johnson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 21, 2009

"The bourgeoning romance between Johnson's delightful older sleuths (Donna Rose and the Slug War, 2005) is likely to make them even more popular with the cozy crowd."
The murder of an inept and unpopular police chief leaves a pair of amateur sleuths in charge. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1991

"A woman to admire, with a remarkable story that's undercut by lackluster prose and a tendency to deal superficially with the darker side of times past."
Full of record accomplishments—youngest Ph.D. in Germany, first American correspondent to travel to the Soviet Arctic—this memoir of her 1920's and 30's by veteran journalist Gruber (Rescue, 1987, etc.) is high on action but low on analysis. Read full book review >

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WHITE HEAT by Cherry Adair
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2007

"A predictable love story."
Pheromones—of the hate him, love him, hate him, live happily ever after variety—cloud the heroine's judgment in Adair's (Edge of Darkness, 2006, etc.) latest romantic suspense novel. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

An offbeat, engaging footnote to a standard-bearer of "gay literature, of what might whimsically be defined as ‘homotextuality.' " When Thomas Mann laid eyes on the seraphic Wladyslaw Moes, a young aristocratic Pole vacationing in Venice, it was as though this vision of youth—"this sailor-suited ephebe," writes novelist Adair (Love and Death on Long Island, not reviewed, etc.)—delivered intact the entire narrative of Death in Venice to Mann. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 23, 2001

"An honest, moving account of family life gone haywire."
San Francisco Chronicle columnist Lara turns to memoir. Read full book review >

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THOMAS ALVA EDISON by Gene Adair
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1996

"This foray into the workshops of a gifted and prolific inventor is fascinating. (b&w photos, reproductions, diagrams, chronology, bibliography, index) (Biography. 12+)"
The latest entry in the Oxford Portraits in Science series chronicles the life of ``the wizard of Menlo Park'' from his beginnings as a budding telegrapher and troublemaker, through his major inventions, and up to his death in 1931, a wealthy, self-made American hero. Read full book review >

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THE FORGERY OF VENUS by Michael Gruber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2008

"Fast, frightening and, as usual, richly imagined."
The stupendous talent of an otherwise wasted illustrator pushes him to the edge of madness and leads to the creation of an original work by a master who has been dead for centuries. Read full book review >

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VALLEY OF THE BONES by Michael Gruber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"No second-novel slump here. Gruber has drawn even with John Sandford and has power to spare."
Afro-Cuban Miami detective Iago Paz, policeman, chef, and heartthrob hero of Gruber's superb 2003 debut (Tropic of Night), returns to sort out the defenestration of a spectacularly nasty Sudanese petro-thug. Read full book review >