Search Results: "Jodi Kantor"


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THE OBAMAS by Jodi Kantor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"If only the 'wrath of Michelle,' as it's known, is the worst thing the staffers have to face. It's not, though, and Kantor's fly-on-the-wall view makes illuminating reading for an election year."
A gossipy but mostly meaty look inside the Obama White House, a place less unified than one might expect—or hope. Read full book review >

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IF I HAVE A WICKED STEPMOTHER, WHERE’S MY PRINCE? by Melissa Kantor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Unoriginal and vapid. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Lucy Norton not only has a new stepmother to contend with, but her father has uprooted her cozy West Coast existence and taken her across the continent to Long Island. Read full book review >

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LONG REMEMBER by MacKinlay Kantor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"A welcome reissue, offering further proof that Kantor was one of the preeminent historical novelists of the past century."
One of the reasons that Long Remember, a novel set in and around the farming community of Gettysburg during the calamitous summer of 1863, is so haunting is that Kantor (1904-77) had a chance growing up to speak with Civil War veterans, and the skill to translate what they told him into a startling and convincing portrait of war. Read full book review >

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BETTER THAN PERFECT by Melissa Kantor
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"This timely story will ring true for today's disillusioned young people, who are discovering that years of good grades, piano lessons and internships don't necessarily result in adult happiness. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A high school senior's Type A life implodes after her mother takes an overdose of pills. Read full book review >

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MAYBE ONE DAY by Melissa Kantor
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Teens, heartache and acute illness: The tears will flow. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A classic, youthful lament—"Why is this happening to me…? It's so unfair"—avoids the maudlin and banal in the very capable hands of Kantor (The Darlings in Love, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE DARLINGS ARE FOREVER by Melissa Kantor
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"Kantor deftly handles the weighty topic of choice and personal responsibility in this thought-provoking tale. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
The themes of loss and change are explored throughout this tale of three best friends. Read full book review >

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CONFESSIONS OF A NOT IT GIRL by Melissa Kantor
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2004

"With its lack of character development or compelling plot, this will only find an audience among undemanding fans of 'chick lit.' (Fiction. YA)"
In this light read, high-school senior Jan spends much of her narrative obsessing about Josh, her new "crush," and about the largeness of her butt (which looks relatively small in the cover photo) and clothes that will minimize it. Read full book review >

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GONE WILD by Jodi Lundgren
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A breath of fresh air lifts these familiar themes. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Two teens looking to get away from it all find exactly what they need in the Canadian wilderness. Read full book review >

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THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY by Jodi Kendall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A beloved classic is reworked but lacks charm and heart-tugging strings. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Pigs are happiest living on a farm. Just ask Wilbur. Read full book review >

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PLAIN TRUTH by Jodi Picoult
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 9, 2000

"Despite a provocative and topical premise, and a strong opening, Picoult fails this time, her seventh, to rise above paint-by-numbers formula. (Author tour)"
An uneven reworking of tabloid headlines: a young woman is charged with infanticide, and a hard-boiled attorney agrees to defend her. With one crucial distinction: the defendant is Amish. Read full book review >

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THE 37TH HOUR by Jodi Compton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 30, 2003

"Watch this writer. She does it all: plots intelligently, writes elegantly, and creates characters who compel attention the old-fashioned way—by making you believe in them."
A dazzling debut about a missing-persons cop whose husband goes missing. Read full book review >

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CHANGE OF HEART by Jodi Picoult
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 4, 2008

"Clunky prose and long-winded dissertations on comparative religion can't impede the breathless momentum of the Demon-Drop plot."
A convicted murderer who may be a latter-day Messiah wants to donate his heart to the sister of one of his victims, in Picoult's frantic 15th (Nineteen Minutes, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >