Search Results: "Ellen McGrath"


BOOK REVIEW

WHEN FEELING BAD IS GOOD by Ellen McGrath
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"McGrath breaks no new ground here, but she plows old fields with a sure hand, without stodginess or flippancy. (Drawings.)"
According to clinical psychologist McGrath (former chairperson of the American Psychological Association's National Task Force on Women and Depression), it's perfectly normal to feel depressed if you're a woman—in fact, if you're not angry or feeling victimized by the cultural pain of being female, you're living ``in a fantasy world of denial.'' Here—in a handbook packed with quizzes, diagrams, lists, charts, and exercises, and dramatized by pseudonymous anecdotes from her practice—McGrath spells out with great clarity how to recognize these bad feelings and use them positively. Read full book review >

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CINDY ELLEN by Susan Lowell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Bright, stylish, and with a boosterish concluding note on women in rodeo. (Picture book/fairy tale. 7-9)"
From the author of The Bootmaker and the Elves (1997), another ripsnortin' Western take on a traditional fairy tale. Read full book review >

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ELLEN TEBBITS by Louis Darling
FICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 1951

"An eraser clapping session, however, patches the quarrel."
It seems obvious from this entrancing successor to Henry Huggins that the author is as well acquainted with the whisperings, weeps and whoops of third grade distaff side as she is with the ways of young men like Henry. Read full book review >

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BECOMING ELLEN by Shari Shattuck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A tale of kindhearted, hesitant heroism, with a little vigilante justice."
Ellen and her blind best friend, Temerity, again take on the wrongs of this world, letting neither emotional scarring nor physical disability stand in their way. Read full book review >

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INVISIBLE ELLEN by Shari Shattuck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2014

"What could be a charming tale of redemption becomes a heavy-handed fable."
Abandoned by her mother when she was just 5, Ellen bounced from foster families to group homes, learning to hide from the world. Shy, reclusive and obese, she's socially invisible to most people. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A map of Richmond would have been a nice addition. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Told in a series of letters between young freed slave Liza Bowser and Miss Bet (Elizabeth L. Van Lew), who freed young Liza and sent her from Richmond, Virginia, to Philadelphia to be educated, this is fiction based on facts. Read full book review >

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"A humble slice of Americana."
Homespun local history out of small-town Pennsylvania during the first half of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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ELLEN AND PENGUIN by Clara Vulliamy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A lovely, warm story that makes a nice companion to Oxenbury's Tom and Pippo books. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The idea isn't new—Ellen's toy penguin, protected with motherly care and concern, is part imaginary friend and part surrogate for her own timidity—but it's explored here with unusual delicacy. Read full book review >

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ELLEN ANDERS ON HER OWN by Karen Hirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"With lean, low-key writing, Hirsch gives Ellen's problems real respect. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A book acknowledging that, for a sixth grader coping with bereavement, grieving is as much about changing relationships as it is about healing. Read full book review >

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ELLEN AND THE BARBER by Frank O’Rourke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1998

"Readers will slowly but surely find themselves spellbound by these period dramas, by their tight storytelling, their strong female focus, and their forthright sex (unlike the women's magazine fiction of the day)."
Surprisingly wonderful posthumous trio of love stories by the late O'Rourke (over 60 books, including mysteries, westerns, etc.), who had a keen eye for female psychology. Read full book review >

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ELLEN AND PENGUIN AND THE NEW BABY by Clara Vulliamy
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"With so many books available about new arrivals in the family, there's still room for one as high-spirited and realistic as this one. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The stars of Ellen and Penguin (1993) are back and this time they have a new baby brother who manages to intrude upon just about everything. Read full book review >