Search Results: "Elizabeth Matthews"


BOOK REVIEW

DIFFERENT LIKE COCO by Elizabeth Matthews
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"The endpapers are covered with quotations from Chanel: 'Luxury must be comfortable; otherwise it is not luxury.' (timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
With an economy of storyline and a strong sense of style, Matthews distills the contradictory life of Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel into a neat and fashionable package. Read full book review >

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FIRST BALLET by Deanna Caswell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Even a ballet warhorse—perhaps especially this one—deserves better treatment. (Picture book. 2-5)"
One sure gift of the Christmas season is the annual ritual of picture books in which grandmother takes granddaughter to the ballet for the first time to see The Nutcracker. Read full book review >

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OUT OF THE EGG by Tina Matthews
ANIMALS
Released: March 6, 2007

"Opening scenes of a junk-strewn industrial wasteland that is transformed by the end into grassy, rolling hills add an environmental subtext to this seemingly simple yet multilayered import. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Illustrated with scarlet poultry that pops right out of the black-and-white woodcut illustrations, this variation on "Little Red Hen" offers unusual visual impact, as well as a gentle suggestion that children are not culpable for the sins of their parents. Read full book review >

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LEXI by L.S. Matthews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"Fans may welcome this new effort, but after the author's other, excellent works, this one may disappoint. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Just as in A Dog for Life (2006), Matthews combines elements of fantasy with a sometimes rather grim reality. Read full book review >

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A DOG FOR LIFE by L.S. Matthews
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 10, 2006

"Episodic enough to be read aloud, this should have wide appeal. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Because of his brother's critical illness, John Hawkins's mother says the family dog must go. Read full book review >

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A WINTER’S NIGHT DREAM by Andrew Matthews
FICTION
Released: July 13, 2004

"A bittersweet but okay ending and it's terrific fun to read. (Fiction. YA)"
A winsome tale in a couple of voices first published in England in 1997; most of the Briticisms remain intact. Read full book review >

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POWER IN THE BLOOD by Greg Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 1993

"Redolent with frontier flavors, but the violence and menace, and even the supernatural effects, ultimately prove more gratuitous than gripping."
A family epic set in the Wild West during the decades following the Civil War, with a telekinetic twist—the latest from Western specialist Matthews (One True Thing, 1989, etc.) is big, bloody, and breezy, but runs out of gas by the end. Read full book review >

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TIP AND THE GIPPER by Chris Matthews
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"The idea of compromise and reconciliation being anathema these days, it's no wonder nothing happens on the Hill. Matthews' solid book points to a way out for 'people who care about our republic.'"
An amiable but tough-minded political ramble with TV pundit Matthews (Jack Kennedy, 2011, etc.), who records a political mood clearly in need of revival. Read full book review >

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NOW, LET ME TELL YOU WHAT I REALLY THINK by Chris Matthews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Pretty much what you'd expect, but Matthews has a locked-in readership."
Hardball host and syndicated columnist Matthews (Kennedy and Nixon, 1996, etc.) serves up another helping of his political pronouncements. Read full book review >

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GLORIOUS MISADVENTURES by Owen Matthews
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Matthews opens a new window into the first settlements of America's Pacific coast, the men who led it and the reasons for its failure."
In the early 1800s, the Russians came very close to colonizing North America. Newsweek contributing editor Matthews (Stalin's Children: Three Generations of Love, War, and Survival, 2008) introduces us to the visionary men who attempted to build a Russian Empire. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2013

"A rambling trickster of a book, full of convoluted questions and no easy answers."
Matthews' debut fiction invokes the Great Flood of the Bible in the hallucinations and dreams of a half-Mexican carnie named Xavier. Read full book review >