Search Results: "Emma Straub"


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EMMA by Paola  Opal
Kirkus Star
by Paola Opal, illustrated by Paola Opal
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"This sweet and simple offering is ideal for sharing one-on-one or for featuring with a small audience in a program celebrating family or, even better, small acts of kindness and love. (Board book. 1-3)"
This volume in the Simply Small board-book series introduces Emma, a little hedgehog with a heart of gold. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A life in pictures, mostly out of focus."
A film star of Hollywood's golden age goes mild, in Straub's curiously bloodless debut. Read full book review >

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MODERN LOVERS by Emma Straub
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"Straub's characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it's a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park."
Middle-aged parents and hormone-addled teenagers all have some growing up to do—entertainingly—in the course of one hot Brooklyn summer. Read full book review >

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OTHER PEOPLE WE MARRIED by Emma Straub
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"A fresh voice from a writer who deserves discovery."
Psychologically acute, often very funny and only occasionally glib, these stories show great promise, though a few of the dozen in this debut collection are almost as slight as the best are compelling. Read full book review >

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THE VACATIONERS by Emma Straub
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2014

"A novel that is both a lot of fun to read and has plenty of insight into the marital bond and the human condition."
Straub refreshes a conventional plot through droll humor and depth of character. Read full book review >

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EMMA by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"In less capable hands, it could all seem clunky and crass. Instead, McCall Smith has written a delightfully droll, thoughtful novel that reflects on money's enduring role in relationships as well as on the nature of this meddlesome heroine's long-lived appeal."
In the latest installment of the Austen Project, McCall Smith (The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe, 2014, etc.) catapults snobbish matchmaker Emma Woodhouse into the 21st century.Read full book review >

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OH, EMMA by Barbara Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A welcome change from tales about upper-middle-class professionals. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Emma enjoys her friends in the projects, but her family's three-bedroom apartment is too small and they can't have pets. Read full book review >

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EMMA GOLDMAN by Vivian Gornick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Such a slim volume necessarily glosses over details that would dramatize Goldman's larger-than-life persona, but Gornick lucidly presents her subject's significance within a fascinating historical moment."
A brief biography of the turn-of-the-century anarchist once considered the "most dangerous woman in the world." Read full book review >

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LEAVING EMMA by Nancy Steele Brokaw
Released: April 19, 1999

"Although Brokaw drifts into the mundane in order to see Emma's dilemmas to a conclusion, she often surprises readers with a well-turned phrase. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The first chapter of this well-written novel may be the best, attracting readers to the story of an only child whose special friend Tem is moving away. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"As always, for those attuned to Austen, and to Aiken's imaginative, respectful variations, simply charming."
Another of Aiken's playful yet hearty romantic fancies, with a cast lifted (respectfully) from the luminously peopled novels of Jane Austen. Read full book review >

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EMMA KATE by Patricia Polacco
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Polacco uses a limited palette of gray and red to fine effect for her illustrations, and her elephant is almost as appealing as Dr. Seuss's Horton, to whom the story is dedicated. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Polacco provides an interesting twist on the imaginary friend theme in this cheerful story inspired by her own childhood. Read full book review >

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ME & EMMA by Elizabeth Flock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2005

A credible and appealing eight-year-old narrates the story of her family's hardscrabble life. Read full book review >