Search Results: "Francesca D'Ottavi"


BOOK REVIEW

LEFT-HANDED DREAMS by Francesca Duranti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"You may find yourself yawning in the company of Martina Satriano, but you'll want to hear more about Lobster Amoricaine."
The protagonist and narrator of this unfortunately tepid meditative novel is Martina Satriano, an Italian-American academic whose return journey to Rome (after many years away) for her mother's funeral occasions a series of dreamlike reminiscences of her years in both countries, former loves and occupations (in Italy, she had worked as a chef to support her family), and musings about the unlived lives she might have had. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERIOUS PACKAGE by Francesca Chessa
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Deeply textured and richly colored, they capture the flavors and resiliency of childhood daydreams and imbue the world of Charlie and Frances with an endearing simplicity. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Chessa tells a simple story of two children, Charlie and Frances, whose parents have received a large package in the mail. Read full book review >

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HOLLY’S RED BOOTS by Francesca Chessa
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The seamless combination of art and text will be rollicking fun for young readers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Holly wants to make a snowman, but cannot find her red boots to keep her feet dry. Read full book review >

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CYRIL THE MANDRILL by Francesca Greco
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 15, 2005

"No replacement for the classic, but an acceptable alternative and a small lesson in acceptance of those who are different. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Greco switches species and locale on Leo Lionni's Frederick (1967), but keeps the basic plot. Read full book review >

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CLEVER TORTOISE by Francesca Martin
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Utterly charming and a great read-aloud. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Martin (The Honey Hunters, 1992, etc.) retells an old, old trickster story from the Ngoni people of southern Tanzania with great good humor and a story-teller style highly appropriate for a tale from the oral tradition: "Listen! / There is a lake in Africa, called Nyasa. / Mmm, it is full of blue cool water." and "Hm, tch, tch, it started like this . . ." Read full book review >

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THE JOURNEY by Francesca Sanna
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A necessary, artful, and searing story. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-12)"
A timely, powerful picture book about refugees. Read full book review >

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THE INNOCENTS by Francesca Segal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2012

"Even if the plot and themes are second-hand, this is an emotionally and intellectually astute debut."
Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence gets a reboot in this novel set in a present-day London Jewish enclave. Read full book review >

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THE TRANSLATION OF THE BONES by Francesca Kay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Poignancy, lyricism and elegant spiritual debate characterize this impressive if slender novel."
Lonely souls, notably mothers and children in a diverse community, are scrutinized by a noted young British writer. Read full book review >

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THE AWKWARD AGE by Francesca Segal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"In finely wrought prose, with characters who seem to walk beside us and speak aloud, Segal's latest novel is a sympathetic portrait of the difficulties in finding love and raising teenagers."
A novel about the trials and tribulations of family life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEVEN DAYS OF US by Francesca Hornak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An emotional but ultimately uplifting holiday story."
A family must spend seven days quarantined together—with all their disagreements, resentments, and secrets—in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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THE LONG ROOM by Francesca Kay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Kay is consistently entertaining in this subtle, sad psychological thriller."
Here is le Carré writ small yet still tense in a quiet thriller set amid the less glamorous work of back-office surveillance for the British government. Read full book review >