Search Results: "Jane Marie Todd"


BOOK REVIEW

WHEN JANE-MARIE TOLD MY SECRET by Gina Willner-Pardo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 1995

"Poydar's suburban scenes enhance the amiable atmosphere of this engaging and sensitive look at friendship. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Third-graders Jane-Marie and Carolyn have been best friends since preschool. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Timely, given the recent swell of xenophobia in France, and a useful supplement to standard histories of the episode, such as Jean-Denis Bredin's The Affair."
Liberty, equality, and fraternity? For everyone but Jews—as much of France strenuously believed a century ago, according to this provocative study of anti-Semitism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SALADIN by Anne-Marie Eddé
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2011

"Extensive research creates a picture readily distinguishable from the many Saladin myths."
Massive, detailed biography of Saladin, in which the author endeavors to separate history from myth and legend—first published in France in 2008. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WE ARE ALL CANNIBALS by Claude Lévi-Strauss
NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 2016

"Though representing a tradition that is now considered old-fashioned, Lévi-Strauss was quite the revolutionary in his day. These varied, smart pieces show why."
Previously ungathered pieces by the eminent French anthropologist, all addressing in some way the vexing question of relativism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2010

"Flashes of originality, wit and vivid imagery bring the story to life intermittently, but the distracting improbabilities pull readers out of the story again and again. (author's note) (Fiction. 15 & up)"
Retelling a classic as contemporary fiction is a tricky business, as demonstrated in this uneven rendering of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre as chick lit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A respectful, exciting and disarming update of one of the last century's most oft-told tales."
The old "Me Tarzan, You Jane" dynamic established in Johnny Weismuller movies gets a radical update by shining the spotlight on adventuress Jane Porter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARIE CURIE by Elizabeth MacLeod
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Although this offering may not inspire them, readers will discover plenty to appreciate in the subject. (chronology, list of museums, index) (Biography. 8-12)"
A fairly breathless biography delivers the facts in workmanlike style but without the spark of brilliance one might hope would be attached to the subject. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1996

"A perceptive and informative biography. (b&w illustrations, diagrams, chronology, bibliography, index) (Biography. 13+)"
In the Portraits in Science series, an intelligent chronicle of Curie's life, from her struggle to educate herself in Russian-occupied Poland to her successes in France; her pioneering work with her husband; and her troubles and triumphs after his death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARIE CURIE by Isabel Sánchez Vegara
by Isabel Sánchez Vegara, illustrated by Frau Isa, translated by Emma Martinez
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 2, 2017

"Like other tributes in the series, adequate fare for cluing newer readers in on some worthy role models. (Picture book/biography. 5-7)"
A very first introduction to the great scientist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TI MARIE by Valerie Belgrave
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The result is a lush period romance in a troubled tropical paradise."
Racism, revolution and love roil the Caribbean island of Trinidad in this sprawling historical melodrama. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARIE ANTOINETTE by Antonia Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2001

"Antoinette's story isn't really a tragedy—but Fraser somehow makes it seem like one."
A biography of a queen who never said, as legend has it, "Let them eat cake." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN TODD WE TRUST by Louise Galveston
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2015

"Instead of satire, readers get a zany adventure, which would be perfectly satisfactory—if it were zany enough. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This sequel to By the Grace of Todd (2014) sees the return of the title character and his acolytes.Read full book review >