Search Results: "JoAnn Ross"


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PRIVATE PLEASURES by JoAnn Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"The motivations often strain credibility, but, still, an engaging romantic read."
Second hardcover from the author of Secret Sins (1990): a contemporary romance that delves into worlds as disparate as auction houses, fashion modeling, and the particular problems of the deaf. Read full book review >

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SEA GLASS WINTER by JoAnn Ross
Released: Dec. 31, 2012

"Dillon Slater, who possesses a high level of ethics and intelligence and a completely charming humor, is easy to fall in love with."
A fast-paced novel about romantic relationships, parent-child relationships and teacher-student relationships. Read full book review >

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CASTAWAY COVE by JoAnn Ross
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Both sexy and touching, with the humor, heart and emotional depth romance fans expect from Ross."
Former military DJ Mac Culhane has come to Shelter Bay to heal from physical and emotional wounds while raising his daughter. Meeting store owner Annie makes him believe that redefining family may be what they all need to find happiness. Read full book review >

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THE BIG ADVENTURES OF MR. SMALL by JoAnn Adinolfi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The sheer looniness of the premise combines with potty humor for a fairly specialized audience; readers looking for a traditional friendship book may find themselves averting their eyes. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Can eyeballs be characters if they don't have a face to sit in? If you add stick arms and legs, they can. When they link up with a "teeny tiny hamster" who's in search of a big adventure, the result is a goofy plot. Read full book review >

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THE EGYPTIAN POLAR BEAR by JoAnn  Adinolfi
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The story will grow on you, as will the stylized, altered-state illustrations, richly colored confections as loopy as the story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Egyptologists (in all honesty) have found hieroglyphics recording plans for a polar bear's burial vault. Read full book review >

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CLEOPATRA THE GREAT by Joann Fletcher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2011

"A perfect complement to Stacey Schiff's excellent Cleopatra: A Life (2010). Readers interested in Cleopatra and her world are advised to read both."
Egyptologist Fletcher (The Search for Nefertiti, 2004) takes on the legendary Egyptian queen. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURES OF A SALSA GODDESS by JoAnn Hornak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"A compelling concept, a husband hunt in hostile territory, is weakened by a formulaic plot and a predictable ending."
Forty-one-year-old Samantha Jacobs takes on a daunting challenge—finding a husband in the least singles-friendly city in the nation. Read full book review >

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THE RABBI’S CAT 2 by Joann Sfar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"Ranks up there with the most provocative graphic narratives for adults."
The sequel to Sfar's graphic novel about a talking cat. Read full book review >

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WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW by Joann Chaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"The pace is unusually slow for a thriller with no grisly murder scenes, but that's part of the book's strength. It's the escalating psychological tension and the interactions of three-dimensional characters that lift this well above the serial-killer norm."
A deranged serial killer is captured and brought to justice. That's usually the end of a good thriller, but it's the start of this unusually thoughtful first novel, which relies more on character studies than gory details. Read full book review >

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LITTLE VAMPIRE DOES KUNG FU! by Joann Sfar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Illustrated in crowded cartoon panels, the newest episode in this freewheeling graphic mini-novel offers plenty of gags (in more than one sense of the word), but will be incomprehensible to readers unfamiliar with the first chapter. (Picture book. 9-11)"
The spotlight shifts to Little Vampire's new human friend Michael in this mistitled sequel to Little Vampire Goes to School (p. 810). Read full book review >