Search Results: "Elise Juska"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HAZARDS OF SLEEPING ALONE by Elise Juska
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Mother-daughter fiction of the best flawed sort where, in the midst of cliché, a genuinely admirable amount of truth shines forth."
Divorced mother, living in barely-there fashion, gets knocked for a loop when real life comes crashing in. Read full book review >

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ONE FOR SORROW, TWO FOR JOY by Elise Juska
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2007

"A disappointing, self-absorbed deconstruction of parent-daughter, husband-wife and sister-sister relationships."
When Claire abandons her colorless marriage to Bob and flees to Ireland, she slowly unravels the truth concerning the awkwardness between herself, her father, late mother and her exuberant sister, Noelle. Read full book review >

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THE BLESSINGS by Elise Juska
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"The author (One for Sorrow, Two for Joy, 2007, etc.) has created an ordinary fictitious family and stitched together a multilayered, sympathetic account of its members' lives."
Juska explores the collective experiences, traditions and loyalties of a close-knit family and the perspectives of individual members as they journey through a span of 30 years. Read full book review >

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GETTING OVER JACK WAGNER by Elise Juska
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Overall, though, clever structure, swift pacing, emotional insight, and an ultimately charming voice make this one a standout."
A fine, smart, funny newcomer brings a bit of Bridget Jones, a touch of High Fidelity, a high pop-cultural IQ, and a refreshing emotional take to her debut outing. 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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2003

"Expressive and touching: readers will be rooting for Juska to get all that she wants."
There's certainly plenty of sex in this debut memoir about relationships on the upper floors of the age pyramid, but there is also much fine, unfeigned writing on life's miscues, congestions, brave moves, broken hearts, and appetites. 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 >

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OLGA AND THE SMELLY THING FROM NOWHERE by Elise Gravel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"A bubble-gum crowd pleaser with wide audience appeal. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
A young girl who prefers science to people discovers an adorable and smelly little creature. Read full book review >

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I WANT A MONSTER! by Elise Gravel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2016

"Though not quite as much fun as Gravel's Disgusting Critters series, this offering will still elicit chuckles from the younger set. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Snaggle-toothed, asymmetrical, bug-eyed monsters abound in this not-so-subtle "A pet is a big responsibility" primer. Read full book review >