Search Results: "Ellen Ruppel Shell"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"No quick-weight-loss tips here, but a compelling depiction of the complexity and size of the plague of obesity."
A revealing look at research into the causes of obesity, the drastic measures being taken by some to combat fat, and the tactics of those who profit from it. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 11, 1992

"Overly detailed but informative—and disturbing in its implications about the economic viability of the day-care system."
Close-up look at Cambridgeport Children's Center, a.k.a. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 6, 2009

"Diligent, useful cultural criticism, akin to Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation (2004) and Tom Vanderbilt's Traffic (2008)."
Or, supersaturate me with enough junk to clog the arteries of the good life. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

BOMB SHELL by David Stenn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Between takes, a platinum Venus sits firmly on your lap, knitting socks. (Sixty photos)"
Rather winning life of Jean Harlow, with some revisions on the tale offered by Samuel Marx and Joyce Vanderveen in Deadly Illusions (1990)—and many fresh interviews plus a handful of new folks speaking out who have kept silent until now. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHATTERED SHELL by Brendan Dubois
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 8, 1999

"And there are enough sides to his hero to hold your interest."
It's winter in Tyler Beach, New Hampshire. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >