Search Results: "Erika Hayasaki"


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THE DEATH CLASS by Erika Hayasaki
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"These assignments invite readers to consider the essential question of Bowe's course—and Hayasaki's book: How can we learn to celebrate life?"
In the genre of uplifting books about inspiring people, former Los Angeles Times reporter Hayasaki (Literary Journalism/Univ. of California, Irvine) offers a portrait of Norma Bowe, a psychiatric nurse and teacher at Kean University, whose "Death in Perspective" class has changed the lives of some of her most vulnerable students. Read full book review >

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AZAD'S CAMEL by Erika Pal
Kirkus Star
by Erika Pal, illustrated by Erika Pal
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Her heart-tugging tale also folds in a succinct social-studies lesson, and a brief afterword explains the controversial 'sport' of camel racing. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A kidnapped orphan races away to freedom. Read full book review >

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THE BROKEN SPELL by Erika McGann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Thankfully, these young witches will return. (Urban fantasy. 10-14)"
Can five young witches trained only in the theory of their craft fend off the magical attacks of the Mirrorman? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION

"A delightfully eclectic history told with charm and thoughtfulness."
A deeply personal account of the imprint Germans left on New Mexico and the United States at large. Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2014

"A middling Middle Earth-ian yarn, then, that seems destined to be the next big thing among the Game of Thrones set."
Chick lit meets swords and sorcery in the perfect commodity for a hot demographic. Read full book review >

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TAKE THE BAI ROAD by Erika Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Fast-paced, invigorating, and entertaining."
In the second installment of Mitchell's (Bai Tide, 2015, etc.) spy series, a CIA operative on an off-the-books mission tracks mysterious, cartel-affiliated cargo in Mexico. Read full book review >

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FORCED TO FLEE by Erika Berg
Released: March 1, 2015

"An illuminating work of children's hardship and self-expression."
Debut author Berg edits a collection of art from young Myanmar refugees. Read full book review >

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ALPHABET CITY BALLET by Erika Tamar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1996

"The appeal is in featuring girls from various backgrounds involved in dance, and for that, the book should reach an audience well beyond balletomanes. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Marisol Perez, who lives on New York City's Lower East Side, has always loved to dance; when she is given a scholarship to the Manhattan Ballet School, she is thrilled. Read full book review >

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THE SUN MAIDEN by Erika Taylor
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Sharp-witted black comedy by a promising 26-year-old novelist."
Taylor's bizarrely entertaining debut features a young down- and-out waitress whose involvement with an Israeli fugitive, a .357 Magnum, a ditsy busboy, his schizophrenic brother, and a pet rat named Fear can lead only to trouble—an original, witty, giggle- provoking L.A. story. Read full book review >

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FALLEN BEAUTY by Erika Robuck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"Well-written and insightful, with Millay in particular a fascinatingly complex character."
Robuck follows her portrait of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald's turbulent marriage (Callme Zelda, 2013) with another stormy literary portrait—Edna St. Vincent Millay and her relationships with both men and women. Read full book review >