Search Results: "Helen Macdonald"


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H IS FOR HAWK by Helen Macdonald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Whether you call this a personal story or nature writing, it's poignant, thoughtful and moving—and likely to become a classic in either genre."
An inspired, beautiful and absorbing account of a woman battling grief—with a goshawk. Read full book review >

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LOOK WHOOO’S COUNTING by Suse MacDonald
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A treat for both new and experienced counters. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This elegant counting book by a Caldecott Honor-winner introduces young children to the numbers one through ten. Read full book review >

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ALPHABET ANIMALS by Suse MacDonald
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 3, 2008

"A coup of concept, color and construction. (Picture book/toy book. 2-6)"
The alphabet's been good to MacDonald, who won a Caldecott Honor for Alphabatics (1986), and she has certainly returned the favor. Read full book review >

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BAD BABY by Ross MacDonald
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A new and very funny take on a perennially relevant subject. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Jack, hero of Another Perfect Day (2002), is back, but something's missing. Read full book review >

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WICKED WILL by Bailey MacDonald
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 23, 2009

"Lively and quick, it may offer some small amusement to readers not quite ready for King of Shadows. (Historical fiction. 8-11)"
Some nearly threadbare tropes hold together this fast-paced mystery for middle schoolers, only fraying completely at the end. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2000

"A survey of five hundred years of history cannot cover so large a subject in depth, and this one omits many historical events that affected women's lives, but students looking for another source for information on women will find this helpful. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Children know the medieval period best for its knights in shining armor. Read full book review >

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ANYBODY CAN DO ANYTHING by Betty MacDonald
Released: Aug. 23, 1950

"The book is substantially longer than the samples which ran in the SEP as It All Happened To Me."
Laurels to the lady who can make laughter for others and capital for herself of what many might term miseries, whether they be the misadventures of chicken ranching- combined with marriage to the wrong man, a term in a TB sanitarium, or- as in this latest, job sampling in the depression, a charming mother whose ideas of finances were, to put it mildly, erratic, and a sister who could rub her Aladdin's lantern and produce almost any thing for her sister to do, from blind dates to eccentric jobs. Read full book review >

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SMOKE SCREEN by Marianne Macdonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Dido's third puzzle isn't really all that much, but what there is she solves charmingly."
A friend warns Dido Hoare, antiquarian bookseller and sometime sleuth (Ghost Walk, 1998, etc.) that the woman he refers to as Her Majesty means trouble. Read full book review >

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THE URBAN HERMIT by Sam MacDonald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"An invigorating portrait of being down but not out."
How to take control of your finances, your extra weight and your life. Read full book review >

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THREE MONKEYS by Marianne Macdonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2005

"Throughout it all, Macdonald struggles admirably but not always successfully to bridge the gap between the cozy circle of Dido's extended family, notable for the warmth between her and her father, and the sordid crimes she's stumbled onto this time."
The Christmas rush must wait while antiquarian bookseller Dido Hoare (Die Once, 2003, etc.) is caught between a dismembered corpse and the London police. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"MacDonald raises as many questions as she answers, but, by writing the first book on a disturbing subject, she's also provided a useful and informative introduction. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A thoughtful if inconclusive study of female terrorists by a writer for The Observer. Read full book review >

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SCAR TISSUE by Debra Macdonald
Released: April 9, 2014

"Although a somewhat-predictable stalking subplot wraps up a little too neatly, the book succeeds as a well-developed character study of a man in the midst of a personal crisis."
A talented but troubled surgeon searches for personal and professional redemption in MacDonald's debut novel. Read full book review >