Search Results: "Ethel Footman Smothers"


BOOK REVIEW

MORIAH'S POND by Ethel Footman Smothers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 16, 1995

"The plot may wander, the supporting cast is not well visualized, but Annie Rye's vivid, captivating voice will draw readers as a griot draws listeners. (Fiction. 9-11)"
The author of Down in the Piny Woods (1992) returns to the pre-civil-rights era of her youth and a rural family based on her own, marvelously capturing the rhythms and cadence of spoken language in the narrative of ten-year-old Annie Rye. Read full book review >

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DOWN IN THE PINEY WOODS by Ethel Footman Smothers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A promising debut. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Annie Rye Footman, ten, has no use for her three older half- sisters, especially after they join her Georgia sharecropper family permanently, but in time she learns to take her Grandma's advice to ``bear along wit each other.'' This first novel, based on the author's childhood in the 50's, is rich in vividly felt moments: the pleasure of buying candy at the ``rolling store''; the frustration of turning the other cheek to racist remarks and intimidation; Annie Rye's terror when snakes invade the house; her simple glee at buying a present for her heroic, hard-working father. Read full book review >

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THE HARD-TIMES JAR by Ethel Footman Smothers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 2003

"Pair this with Amada Irma Perez's My Very Own Room for another winner about the hunger for books. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Emma longs to own a book of her own, a real book, from the store. Read full book review >

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BLUE ETHEL by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"Ethel may not win any cat marathons, but she'll win hearts young and old. (Picture book. 3-8)"
When you're set in your ways, little changes can really throw you. Read full book review >

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ETHEL MERMAN by Brian Kellow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2007

"Kellow displays a keen sense of how and why Merman worked, and his profile of her personal life is an aching refrain worthy of the musical Follies."
A clear-eyed, perceptive take on the reign of Queen Ethel of Broadway. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 2009

"A richly textured, nail-biting evocation of the Western Front."
They also serve who only repair equipment, in this absorbing World War I saga. Read full book review >

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THE ETERNAL FOOTMAN by James Morrow
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"If not, there's always The Divine Comedy."
Lively prose and a weakness for hilariously bad "death jokes" are prominent among the pleasures offered by this otherwise overwrought satirical fantasy: the conclusion of a loose trilogy depicting a godless near-future (Towing Jehovah, 1994; Blameless in Abaddon,1996). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2014

"A lightweight memoir, but the common thread of these deep friendships is the fact that they all trusted the author and he returned it in full. It's a difficult but important lesson."
From poor little rich boy to cafe-society darling, popular singer and AIDS volunteer: French liqueur heir Cointreau's eventful, confusing life. Read full book review >

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I AM THE ONLY RUNNING FOOTMAN by Martha Grimes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 4, 1986

"Still: an intriguing, appealing, minor-key departure for Grimes and Jury—with only a few small appearances by Melrose Plant, the Superintendent's faintly precious part-time sidekick."
Though generally delightful, Grimes' mysteries for Superintendent Richard Jury—Jerusalem Inn, etc.—have sometimes bordered on the arch and over-convoluted, with outsized portions of fey British comedy (as concocted by an American writer). Read full book review >

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THE RETURN OF REX AND ETHEL by Arnold Adoff
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"A useful book for when a pet (or a person) dies, especially for those who feel that taking some sort of positive action has a healing effect. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A touching story about two girls, two dogs, and the way in which the girls deal with the deaths of their beloved pets. Read full book review >

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NATURAL LIGHT by Ethel Gorham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1991

"Always Did (1978)-and also an achingly personal tribute to lost times and good people."
An often touching odyssey of a New York City woman. Read full book review >