Search Results: "Lara Zielin"


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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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THE M&M BOYS by Lara Reznik
Released: Nov. 8, 2014

"Just like its heroes, what this book lacks in sophistication it makes up for in heart; a warm, enjoyable baseball story."
A troubled kid learns valuable lessons about love, honor and friendship during the home-run race of 1961. Read full book review >

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THE LOWEST BLUE FLAME BEFORE NOTHING by Lara Stapleton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"But there's no sign of that here."
If Candace Bushnell had settled in Park Slope or Ann Arbor instead of Manhattan, Stapleton might have got herself a plagiarism suit. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 23, 2001

"An honest, moving account of family life gone haywire."
San Francisco Chronicle columnist Lara turns to memoir. Read full book review >

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THE SCENT OF PINE by Lara Vapnyar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Slight in girth but not in depth."
In Vapnyar's (Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love, 2008, etc.) latest novel, a simplicity of narrative—two strangers share their lives over a weekend together—belies the complexity of interwoven themes and ideas. 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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HEDGEHOG BOOK by Lara  Xavier
by Lara Xavier, illustrated by Roberta Lucarini, developed by Ardozia
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2012

"Still a bobble or two in the design, but an engaging imagination stretcher. (iPad play app. 4-6)"
Three independent, partly cumulative illustrated minitales—none of which features a hedgehog. 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 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 >