Search Results: "Lara M. Zeises"


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ANYONE BUT YOU by Lara M. Zeises
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 8, 2005

"Engaging but ultimately unsatisfying. (Fiction. YA)"
Pitch-perfect narration and a meandering plot give this story real life appeal, but readers may be frustrated with the equally realistic lack of resolution that will leave them wondering what happens next—and why they should care. Read full book review >

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BRINGING UP THE BONES by Lara M. Zeises
FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Broodingly honest. (Fiction. YA)"
An honor winner in the Delacorte Prize for a first YA novel, Zeises tells of a 19-year-old girl's processing of grief and slow growth away from relationship dependency. Read full book review >

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CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE by Lara M. Zeises
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 13, 2004

"Judy Blume-style made modern comes skillfully to the expected conclusion. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Lucy comes to terms with change in a conventional but likable coming-of-ager. Read full book review >

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THE SWEET LIFE OF STELLA MADISON by Lara M. Zeises
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 14, 2009

"Good, chatty fun. (Fiction. YA)"
Seventeen-year-old Stella has multiple problems in this breezy adolescent dilemma story. Read full book review >

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DONUT DAYS by Lara Zielin
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The whimsical plot stretches credulity in places, as does the virtuousness of Emma's crush, Jake, who never flinches in his loyalty to Emma, but Zielin's lighthearted yet substantive portrayals of Emma's struggles with God, family and friendship ring absolutely true. (Fiction. YA)"
In this spirited—and, in an offbeat, somewhat irreverent way, spiritual—offering, readers meet Emma, who, despite the fact that both her parents are ministers at an evangelical church, finds her desire to feel the power of God in a direct and immediate way continually frustrated. Read full book review >

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WINNING by Lara Deloza
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 28, 2016

"A queen bee and her hive, dissected. (Chick lit. 12-18)"
Alexandra has one goal: becoming Miss America, a goal her mother could not reach. First, however, Alexandra has to win Homecoming Queen. Read full book review >

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A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS by Lara Tupper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2007

"Vapid and uninteresting."
An international entertainment duo settles in Shanghai, where they drift apart both personally and professionally. Read full book review >

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ELIZABETH GURLEY FLYNN by Lara Vapnek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A brief encapsulation of the fury and disillusionment that characterized the career of this significant American activist."
Biography of an important early-20th-century labor and human rights activist known as the East Side Joan of Arc, now sadly neglected. This is the latest in the Lives of American Women series. Read full book review >

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GOOD GIRLS DON'T WEAR TROUSERS by Lara Cardella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

When she won a literary prize for this slim debut novel in 1989, the 19-year-old Cardella was shunned by her own Sicilian village, whose inhabitants claimed that the brutal, gossipy small- town culture she depicted was an inaccurate reflection of their own. Read full book review >

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THE LOVE-CHARM OF BOMBS by Lara Feigel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 9, 2013

"A writerly work that entices readers to seek out the titles in question."
With bombs falling across London between September 1940 and May 1941, five writers of various ages and backgrounds, selected by the sharp eye of Feigel (English and Medical Humanities/King's Coll., London; Literature, Cinema and Politics, 1930-1945, 2010, etc.), shifted into romantic overdrive. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 2016

"A deep, significant exploration of artistic atonement in postwar Germany."
An elucidating cultural study explores the ways artists forged a sense of redemption—both personal and societal—from the devastation of post-World War II Germany. Read full book review >

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THE JAGUAR MAN by Lara Naughton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"A painful, provocative, and poetically cathartic memoir of survival."
A writer and teacher chronicles her terrifying experience with kidnapping and rape and how she survived the ensuing trauma. Read full book review >