Search Results: "Isabel Stenzel Byrnes"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"A touching and candid portrayal of a devastating disease."
Frank memoir by Bay Area twins who battled and ultimately won the war against cystic fibrosis. Read full book review >

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GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES by Isabel Quintero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A fresh, authentic and honest exploration of contemporary Latina identity. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Struggles with body image, teen pregnancy, drug addiction, rape, coming out, first love and death are all experiences that touch Gabi's life in some way during her senior year, and she processes her raw and honest feelings in her journal as these events unfold. Read full book review >

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DRAMATICALLY EVER AFTER by Isabel Bandeira
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"A sure crowd-pleaser for its intended romance-loving audience. (Fiction. 12-16)"
It's a song as old as rhyme, set in New Jersey this time. Read full book review >

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YOU NEVER KNOW by Isabel Huggan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Enjoyable, well-crafted stories, but with an air of being slightly behind the times."
A grab-bag collection from Canadian writer Huggan (The Elizabeth Stories, 1987): 12 stories that vary sharply as to period, setting, character, and tone but that are tied together by the twin themes of domesticity and nostalgia. Read full book review >

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ATTACHMENT by Isabel Fonseca
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2008

"A witty, intelligent but uneven debut, weakened by its occasionally exasperating heroine and a conclusion that boils down to less than expected."
A busy first novel from Fonseca (Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey, 1995) depicts a wife grappling with infidelity (her husband's and her own), mortality and responsibility. Read full book review >

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THE VERY PICTURE OF YOU by Isabel Wolff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Any hope of profundity is further undermined by a maudlin ending worthy of a Hugh Grant movie."
A portrait painter becomes enmeshed in her subjects' secrets and lies. Read full book review >

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ISLAND BENEATH THE SEA by Isabel Allende
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 27, 2010

"A rich gumbo of melodrama, romance and violence."
Given recent events, the timing couldn't be better for this historical fiction from Allende (The Sum of Our Days, 2008, etc.), which follows a slave/concubine from Haiti during the slave uprisings to New Orleans in time for the Louisiana Purchase. Read full book review >

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A VINTAGE AFFAIR by Isabel Wolff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 22, 2010

"Innocent, tidy and simple escapism, with frocks."
In search of a fresh start, sad chick-lit heroine immerses herself in old clothes and new relationships. Read full book review >

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A YEAR AND SIX SECONDS by Isabel Gillies
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"The writing is uneven, and the author strains for material in the final chapters, but there's plenty of love, humor and hope to spare."
Part two of Gillies' (Happens Every Day, 2009) chatty, bittersweet chronicle of loss and renewal. Read full book review >

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THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EARLY EARTH by Isabel Greenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"A beautiful, promising work that doesn't quite coalesce."
The debut graphic novel from author/illustrator Greenberg winkingly follows a master storyteller's journey through an ancient land of men, gods, magic and love. Read full book review >

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HANCOCK PARK  by Isabel Kaplan
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2009

"Neither light enough to live up to its Hollywood-style cover and flap copy nor serious enough to compete with the likes of more literary problem novels, this is a forgettable, superficial, all-around disappointment. (Fiction. YA)"
Despite her glitzy surroundings, Los Angeles junior Becky is plagued by troubles. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 11, 2005

"'Fences have so far not made for good neighbors,' Kershner concludes. A revealing report."
Border walls are nothing new. But whereas some have come tumbling down in recent years, one is rising in Israel—and, as with most things there, is a source of conflict. Read full book review >