Search Results: "Laura Beingessner"


BOOK REVIEW

LAURA by Larry Watson
Released: June 1, 2000

"A finely wrought, if emotionally cool, tale of enduring passion."
The story of a man's long obsession with a beautiful woman poet, the latest from award-winning novelist Watson (White Crosses, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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LAURA by Hilary Norman
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"Shallow escapism for the romance-starved. (First serial to Good Housekeeping; Literary Guild selection)"
A Cinderella story of a woman educated in the school of hard knocks, by pulp veteran Norman (Spellbound, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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IF THE SHOE FITS by Laura Whipple
POETRY
Released: June 1, 2002

A deeply satisfying version of the Cinderella tale, in the story-in-verse form that has become so popular in the past few years. Read full book review >

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RACHEL CARSON AND HER BOOK THAT CHANGED THE WORLD by Laurie Lawlor
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Ultimately, too many unconnected facts are dropped in to the text to help children understand her life and accomplishments. (source notes) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Silent Spring did indeed change the world, but Rachel Carson's story cannot be folded easily into 32 pages. Read full book review >

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OUR CORNER GROCERY STORE by Joanne Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2009

"Occasionally, the text is excessively descriptive (the candies listed in the text are clearly labeled in the artwork, for example), but overall, this warm, home-baked offering from Toronto is an affectionate tribute to small nonno-and-nonna stores everywhere. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Anyone would be lucky to live near a grocery store like Anna Maria's Italian grandparents' charming place. Read full book review >

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FINDING LAURA by Kay Hooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Despite the adult sex and good surprise ending: a treacly adolescent affair, just a few steps beyond paper dolls and Barbie."
Hooper's latest paranormal romance (After Caroline, 1996, etc.) tackles reincarnation in a modern southern gothic mode, with lots of coupling in the gazebo. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 29, 1996

"A list of museums and newsletters is appended. (Nonfiction. 8+)"
The subtitle tells it all; the first and later readers of the Little House books wrote letters that Wilder answered and saved, along with their drawings, photographs, and poems, right up to the last years of her life. Read full book review >

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LAURA BLUNDY by Julie Myerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The labors of love take on new meaning here, but despite the hypnotic quality of the prose, too many shadows fall across the heart of Laura Blundy, concealing more than they reveal."
Starting with a grisly murder scene, Myerson's fourth novel (after Me and the Fat Man, 1999, etc.) probes murky waters in Victorian London, as a woman crippled and in love trades in her surgeon husband for a married laborer. Read full book review >

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LAURA WARHOLIC by Alexander Theroux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2007

"A bloated Bonfire of the Vanities for the pomo set, full of carefully placed products (Pringles, anyone?), in-jokes and elegant blather."
A big, drooly, shaggy dog of a postmodern epic, one that takes up an awful lot of space but doesn't give a lot of affection in return. Read full book review >

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LAURA BUSH by Ronald Kessler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2006

"Why sully or smash icons when it's so fun to make new ones out of Silly Putty?"
The Bushes are wonderful; the Clintons are not. Read full book review >

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LAURA RIDER’S MASTERPIECE by Jane Hamilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 2009

"Eccentric, intriguing, almost perversely readable and entertaining. Hamilton never disappoints."
Hamilton (When Madeline Was Young, 2006, etc.) reinvents the ménage à trois via the Internet in her lively sixth novel. Read full book review >