Search Results: "Gigi Vorgan"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"Gimmicky and glancing."
An iPod-slim, low-content perusal of multitasking, computer addiction and other maladies of the mind-machine age. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A highly personal but generally fascinating memoir spanning more than 30 years."
Psychiatrist Small (co-author: iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind, 2009, etc.), director of the Memory and Aging Research Center at UCLA, tells the stories of his most intriguing cases. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 2012

"A commonsensical guide to help keep your brain in fighting trim."
Small (Director/UCLA Longevity Center and freelance writer Vorgan (co-authors: The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head, 2010, etc.) introduce elements of a program to optimize brain health. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Despite inevitability, an anguished tale told with poetry and heart. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Inspired by the Haitian slave uprising led by black general Toussaint L'Ouverture, Gabriel, a literate Virginia slave and blacksmith, attempts to parallel that effort on his own turf. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLAIMING GEORGIA TATE by Gigi Amateau
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2005

"However, the ending is marred by her implausibly quick emotional recovery from the incest, and, equally implausible, the implication that her father will be easily made to forfeit custody of her and even be imprisoned for the abuse. (Fiction. 13+)"
Although this debut shows promise in its engaging narrative voice, too many tragedies and unusual characters, including a transvestite and a generous ex-con, overwhelm the plot. Read full book review >

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THE MASQUERADING MAGICIAN by Gigi Pandian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2016

"Though many of the same charming characters return from the series debut (The Accidental Alchemist, 2015), the plot this time is little more than an excuse to trot them out again. Pandian hints that the next installment will focus once more on her main characters, which is what she does best."
An alchemist doing research on a visiting magician suspects he may share her talent, though with less pure motives. Read full book review >

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A CERTAIN STRAIN OF PECULIAR by Gigi Amateau
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"Even so, this offering may resonate with select readers who can overlook the novel's oddities to find a heroine with heart. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Tired of relentless bullying from her sixth-grade classmates, Mary Harold steals her mother's car and travels 691 miles to live with her nurturing grandmother in Wren, Ala. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEVEN DEADLIES by Gigi Levangie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2013

"The most original admissions essay seen since Legally Blonde."
A 14-year old pens a premature and very precocious admissions essay in Levangie's quirky latest (The After Wife, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUEEN TAKES KING by Gigi Levangie Grazer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"A sly, observant report from a rarefied world that's sure to be another big hit."
Grazer, author of the novel-turned-TV series The Starter Wife (2005), limns two modern American archetypes, the real-estate mogul and his bored socialite wife, doing battle on the moneyed playing field of Manhattan. Read full book review >

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MANEATER by Gigi Levangie Grazer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2003

"Mean-spirited, jaw-droppingly shallow, and hellaciously determined: Clarissa is one for the ages."
How to leapfrog through the Hollywood scene—using men as lily pads. Read full book review >

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DANTE OF THE MAURY RIVER by Gigi Amateau
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"Overall, compelling and skillfully written, but in this case, less would have been more. (Fiction. 8-13)"
A thoroughbred racehorse tells his story in this middle-grade novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ACCIDENTAL ALCHEMIST by Gigi Pandian
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Though the world of Pandian's new series may not sound any more appealing than Zoe's vegan recipes, it's just as satisfying in the end."
An alchemist moves to Oregon in an attempt to leave her old ways behind only to find that they've followed her in the form of a 3-foot-tall talking gargoyle. Read full book review >