Search Results: "Lara Zielin"


BOOK REVIEW

LARA by Anna Pasternak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A sympathetic portrait of a woman who saw her lover in the same 'heroic light' as he saw himself."
A British journalist investigates her great-uncle's love affair. Read full book review >

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THE WAITING SKY by Lara Zielin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 2, 2012

"Exciting storm scenes may appeal to weather buffs, but there are so many dysfunctional-family books out there that this one feels a bit like a blip on the radar. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A 17-year-old flees her irresponsible, alcoholic mother to summer with her older brother, a tornado researcher. Read full book review >

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THE IMPLOSION OF AGGIE WINCHESTER by Lara Zielin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 4, 2011

"The premise has promise, but Aggie comes off as inauthentic as the novel's tidy resolution. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Teen melodrama that absolutely oozes angst. 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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BEING LARA by Lola Jaye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2012

"An earnest but often clichéd and sentimental coming-of-age story."
An adopted child turns 30 and confronts her African origins. Read full book review >

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LARGER-THAN-LIFE LARA by Dandi Daley Mackall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Laney's portrayal is nicely subtle, but Lara's unflinching martyrdom is awkward for realism (and is another harmful example of fat character as victim). (Fiction. 9-11)"
A likable fourth-grader writes a book (this one) about a cryptic and crucified fellow classmate. Read full book review >

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ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN by Jenny Han
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"An emotionally engaging closer that fumbles in its final moments. (Romance. 14-17)"
Lara Jean prepares for college and a wedding. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL FROM LONG GUYLAND by Lara Reznik
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 23, 2012

"An exciting tale of past crimes and dangerous friendships."
In Reznik's debut novel,a woman confronts long-buried secrets when an old college friend commits suicide. Read full book review >

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MERCY by Lara Santoro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"More persuasive as polemic than as fiction."
The life of a burnt-out, boozy, under-performing journalist in Africa is turned around via her involvement with an AIDS campaigner. Read full book review >

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MERCY by Lara Santoro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"More persuasive as polemic than as fiction."
The life of a burnt-out, boozy, under-performing journalist in Africa is turned around via her involvement with an AIDS campaigner. Read full book review >

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THE MEMORY BOOK by Lara  Avery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2016

"Indelible. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A high school valedictorian with big plans to flee her small town gets a degenerative genetic disease. Read full book review >

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THE BOY by Lara Santoro
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Apparently meaningful passages mar an otherwise solid effort to tell a compelling story."
A contemporary Mrs. Robinson busies herself destroying lives in a small New Mexican town. Read full book review >