Search Results: "Elise Blackwell"


BOOK REVIEW

GRUB by Elise Blackwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Gossipy, with insider elements that may limit its audience to aspiring writers—but a quick-paced, amusing novel."
Blackwell's third novel (The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish, 2007, etc.) is a fizzy contemporary-Manhattan retelling of New Grub Street, George Gissing's 1891 jeremiad about the London literary marketplace.Read full book review >

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THE LOWER QUARTER by Elise Blackwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2015

"An artful, gritty love story, eulogy, and survivor narrative for the city of New Orleans post-Katrina."
A man arrives in post-Katrina New Orleans, looking to solve the mystery of a missing painting and a related murder. What he finds is nothing less than love, sacrifice, survival, genius, depravity, and hope. Read full book review >

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HUNGER by Elise Blackwell
Released: April 15, 2003

"Ambitiously conceived, carefully planned, impeccably researched—but, like a kind of term-paper-novel, curiously unmoving."
Blackwell's little slip of a debut derives from the life of the real biologist and geneticist Nikolai Vavilov as it tells the story of a fictional scientist who survives the siege of Leningrad and life under Stalinism. Read full book review >

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TIME WITH ELISE by Christina Schilling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2014

"A sweet escape for fans of classical music."
Schilling, in her debut work of historical fiction, combines Beethoven with a charming bit of time travel. Read full book review >

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IF FOUND...PLEASE RETURN TO ELISE GRAVEL by Elise Gravel
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"A rare mix of wackiness and savvy counsel—just right for getting the creative juices flowing. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
A popular Canadian illustrator tucks advice for budding artists into galleries of freestyle monsters, vampires, imaginary friends ("Take whichever one you want"), and like flights of imagination. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Blackwell's inspiring call to action will help women get out of their own way on the path to fulfillment."
In her first book, a former executive coach and certified change agent attempts to provide readers the tools they need to eliminate the situations that weigh them down. Read full book review >

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LETTERS FROM PARIS by Juliet Blackwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A compelling story of Paris, art, and love throughout history."
A woman's quest to discover the origin of a haunting heirloom leads her to a foreign country and family secrets in this novel from Blackwell (The Paris Key, 2015). Read full book review >

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WHILE BEAUTY SLEPT by Elizabeth Blackwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2014

"Intelligent escapism that should please Brothers Grimm lovers more than Disney fans."
In her first novel, Blackwell keeps her retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" in the once-upon-a-time past but makes the standard version's reliance on magic subservient to a more psychological/sociological interpretation. Read full book review >

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UNDERCURRENT by Paul Blackwell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 23, 2013

"The framework never jells, leaving the plot points suspended in the mist of the falls themselves. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
A potentially deadly trip over a waterfall turns out to be the least of teenage Cal's problems. Read full book review >

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IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING A CIRCUS TO THE LIBRARY, DON'T! by Elise Parsley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Librarians will love sharing this story, maybe. Their listeners will love hearing it, definitely. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Quiet in the library? Not while Magnolia is in action! Read full book review >

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IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING A PIANO TO THE BEACH, DON'T! by Elise Parsley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"A delightful demonstration of just one of many things not to take to the beach; the brainstorming possibilities are endless. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The voice of experience (about alligators at school) this time deals with her inability to leave her beloved piano at home while visiting the beach. Read full book review >

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THE THREE DOTS by Elise Primavera
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Media-conscious readers will laugh at the droll ads and celebrity caricatures in Primavera's exuberant, cartoony illustrations, and enjoy the simple, feel-good story. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Vigorously told, hilariously illustrated: the tale of three spotted friends—Henry, Sal, and Margaret (frog, moose, and duck)- -united by their twin passions for donuts and music, then reunited, after a falling out, by their mutual regard. Read full book review >