Search Results: "Elissa Schappell"


BOOK REVIEW

USE ME by Elissa Schappell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"Snappy, energetic, sometimes almost supercharged in its writing, Schappell's is a story, even so, about a person whose love and obsession remain only hers, never become ours."
A long domestic first novel about a daughter's love for her cancer-stricken father that leaves the reader, on balance, wishing there were less of it. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 2005

"A book to savor, despite its imperfections. But think twice before giving it to your best friend."
Offill (Last Things, 1999) and Schappell (Use Me, 2000) address the timeless topic of women's friendships from an innovative vantage point. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"Good for aspiring writers and artists. (Collective memoir. 8-12)"
Twenty-six notable authors and illustrators of children's books—including the book's editor—introduce themselves via their childhood memories. Read full book review >

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STRAY by Elissa Sussman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Readers who remain intrigued by Aislynn's world will have to wait for the next book. (Fantasy. 12-18)
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Fairy-tale tropes are turned on their heads in this exploration of class and ideology. Read full book review >

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MY BODY IS A BOOK OF RULES by Elissa Washuta
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A fever dream of darkly personal memories and musings from the shadowy corners of sexual violence and mental illness."
A candid, autobiographical scrapbook from a young woman navigating manic depression.
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THE SHORT SELLER by Elissa Brent Weissman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2013

"While the slow start and trappings of finance culture will deter some readers, those who are drawn in by Lindy's passion and the fun math puzzles will be rewarded by a startlingly suspenseful conclusion, with far more at stake than mere classroom drama. (Fiction. 11-12)"
A seventh-grader plays the stock market. Read full book review >

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STANDING FOR SOCKS by Elissa Brent Weissman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2009

"While there are some memorable moments as Fara matures, the agenda-laden message makes for a didactic debut. (Fiction. 9-12)"
While social activism arguably deserves promotion, this well-intentioned narrative provides only lackluster support for its cause. Read full book review >

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M.I.N.D. by Elissa Harris
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 26, 2016

"Thrills without depth, purpose, or satisfaction. (Supernatural mystery. 14-16)"
A teen solves a mystery using information from paranormal seizures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 1996

"Wald writes with a simplicity and frankness that are unusual but perfectly suited to her subject."
Strange and unsettling stories of sadomasochism (originally self-published) from a newcomer who obviously knows the territory. Read full book review >

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TREYF by Elissa Altman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A poignant and life-affirming family memoir."
A James Beard Award-winning food blogger's account of growing up in a family with conflicting attitudes toward Judaism. Read full book review >