Search Results: "Elaine Szewczyk"


BOOK REVIEW

I’M WITH STUPID by Elaine Szewczyk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2008

"Often laugh-out-loud funny, Kirkus editor Szewczyk's well-observed debut is a quirky, perverse take on dating that easily rises above the singleton genre competition."
A magical one-night stand with a strapping South African wildlife ranger has unexpected consequences in this screwball rom-com with a winningly sardonic heroine. Read full book review >

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ICE-CREAM CONES FOR SALE! by Elaine Greenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"As delicious as the story. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 4-8)"
As irresistible as its subject, Greenstein's jaunty text and marvelous pictures are also an object lesson in the joys and perils of research. Read full book review >

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WHEN IS A PLANET NOT A PLANET? by Elaine Scott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 20, 2007

Joining the rush of revised views of the solar system for young readers that has been following in the wake of the International Astronomical Union's decision to redefine Pluto (and some other fellow wanderers) as "dwarf planets" rather than the full-fledged sort, this production shows several signs of haste, from a narrative that fails to note that Pluto has more than one moon to a chapter that opens with a full page, uncaptioned photo of a vague smear of light. Read full book review >

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MRS. ROSE'S GARDEN by Elaine Greenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"(Picture book. 3-6)"
Mrs. Rose's Garden ($15.00; May 1, 1996; 32 pp.; 0-689-80215-3): A gentle tale of homegrown generosity. Mrs. Rose has always wanted to win blue ribbons, until her unusual mix of fertilizers produces a whole garden full of prize-winning vegetables. ``Somehow it didn't feel like fun anymore,'' so Mrs. Rose hits on a plan to neatly redistribute the bounty and turn all her neighbors into winners, too. Mrs. Rose gets a special ribbon from Mr. Rose for having ``the biggest heart''—a nice touch in a winning and warming story accompanied by paintings that have a flattened perspective and a sweet, quirky magic. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Shiite' but not 'Sunni'), skimpy source notes (two-thirds from just two books), and an index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Four months ago, every library in America needed a book for young people on bin Laden; now, this prolific nonfiction author delivers the biography she has spent three years researching. Read full book review >

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TERRORISM by Elaine Landau
NONFICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

"Notes; further reading; index (not seen). (Nonfiction. 12+)"
In a simplified, sensational treatment of a complex topic, Landau digests newspaper, magazine, and TV reports to give a strongly biased account of predicted threats to people in this country. Read full book review >

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NONFICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

"B&w photos; notes; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
A fair, well-balanced account of abuses of human rights through covert action by government agencies, presenting stories from Eastern Europe, Central America, the Middle East, and the US, and incorporating just enough historical background for basic understanding, including some international involvement (e.g., US training of Central American torturers and Israeli training of the Iranian Savak). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 1993

"Not much new, but smartly joined together. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
With a rich idea satisfyingly carried out, novelist/biographer Feinstein (All You Need, 1990, etc.) focuses on the erotic life of D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONTANA IN A MINOR by Elaine Russell
Released: April 27, 2014

"Well-written and engaging YA."
In this excellent YA novel, Russell's (Across the Mekong River, 2012) teenage cellist heroine, Emily Lopez, uses music as her framework for dealing with the world. Read full book review >

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MURDER WITH RESERVATIONS by Elaine Viets
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2007

"Brave Viets (Murder Unleashed, 2006, etc.) preps by actually working the jobs she describes in loving and hilarious detail, giving her offbeat series a healthy balance between the banal and the bizarre."
The murder of a coworker threatens to expose a hotel maid hiding from her greedy ex. Read full book review >