Search Results: "Jessica Maria Tuccelli"


BOOK REVIEW

GLOW by Jessica Maria Tuccelli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 2012

"The surfeit of narratives about noble victims runs together into a heavy-handed treatise on racial injustices; and the awkward insertion of the supernatural only confuses."
Tuccelli's ambitious first novel offers a fictionalized history of race relations—slavery, the appropriation of Cherokees' land, the rise of the KKK—encapsulated in the family history of the descendents of Solomon Bounds, an early-19th-century pioneer in rural north Georgia. Read full book review >

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JESSICA by Jeffrey Von Glahn, Ph.D.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 9, 2006

"A nice piece of work, as therapy and as narrative."
A powerful case study on the effects of early emotional trauma, recall and gradual recovery, from psychotherapist Von Glahn. Read full book review >

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JESSICA by Kevin Henkes
Released: March 20, 1989

Ruthie has an imaginary friend who reflects Ruthie's feelings and takes the blame for whatever mischief is going on—in spite of Ruthie's parents' occasional exasperation: "There is no Jessica." Read full book review >

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MARIA by Theodore Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Predictable but pleasant. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Taylor (The Cay, 1969, plus numerous other adventures) fashions a heartwarmer about a Mexican-American's efforts to get her people included in their California town's Christmas festivities. Read full book review >

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AUNT MARIA by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"Setting the stage takes a bit long here, and the story is neither Jones's wittiest nor her most thought-provoking; still, the plot has that delightful intricacy her fans admire, and its multiplicity of details is remarkably imaginative. (Fiction. 12+)"
With her usual facility, Jones plunges an ordinary family, in shock from the apparent death of their half-divorced Dad and newly entrapped by the needs of a decrepit great-aunt, into a weird mix of small-town pettiness, magic, and witchcraft, all overlaid with a wryly original look at the war between the sexes. Read full book review >

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FINDING JESSICA by Parker Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A not-so-mysterious murder mystery, but its enigmatic protagonist effortlessly carries the story."
In Riggs' debut thriller, a New England-based private eye finds herself embroiled in a murder case when someone shoots her friend and employee. Read full book review >

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MARIA MONTESSORI by Marie Tennent Shephard
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 9, 1996

"But this is a fluent, readable work on an important figure often overlooked. (b&w photos, sources, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-12)"
The life of the ``Teacher of Teachers,'' the first female Italian doctor, who led, almost by accident, an education revolution, and who created in a Roman slum the teaching method that would become the basis for the system of Montessori schools. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Inspiring and incisive. (b&w photos, index, not seen) (Biography. 10-14)"
One of those important pieces of history that somehow never made it into textbooks: the story of Maria Mitchell, a self-taught astronomer who discovered Comet Mitchell, served as an inspiring teacher, and was the first woman inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 2011

"An absorbing story about adoption and much more."
A touching joint memoir by a birth mother and her adopted daughter about their lives apart and the close bond they shared until Crumpacker's recent death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOSING JESSICA by Robby DeBoer
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 1994

"A sometimes absorbing, often superficial memoir that is far less meaty than the New Yorker's treatment of a year ago. (Two eight-page inserts of b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 100,000; first serial to Redbook; author tour)"
A sincere but tedious rehashing of the ``Baby Jessica'' saga by former adoptive mother DeBoer. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"In stark and heartbreaking contrast to her Sesame Street character, Manzano paints a poignant, startlingly honest picture of her youth. (Memoir. 12 & up)"
Actress Manzano, best known as Maria from Sesame Street, provides a lyrical and unflinching account of her tough Nuyorican upbringing in the South Bronx. Read full book review >

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MARIA CALLAS by Anne Edwards
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2001

"Good fun for nonspecialists, but aficionados will want more substance. (16 pages b&w photos)"
A serviceable account of the star-crossed diva—but it has much competition. Read full book review >