Search Results: "Laura Dassow Walls"


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HENRY DAVID THOREAU by Laura Dassow Walls
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 6, 2017

"Thoreau has inspired so many esteemed biographies that it's difficult to claim any new one as definitive. However, Walls delivers a sympathetic and honest portrait that fully captures the private and public life of this singular American figure."
A superbly researched and written literary portrait that broadens our understanding of the great American writer and pre-eminent naturalist who has too long been regarded as a self-righteous scold. Read full book review >

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LAURA MCNEAL
by Poornima Apte

It was in 2002 when Laura McNeal was writing a magazine article about the evolution of home economics classes, that she walked up a stone staircase to a peculiar cottage called the Practice House in Fallbrook, California. “It had been built during the Depression because parents and teachers feared—incredibly—that high school girls weren’t learning the Home Arts,” McNeal recalls ...


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NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2000

"Snoopy scatoscopy at its juiciest."
A cable TV gossip spills the beans about a lot, if not all, the tricks of her feline trade and, naturally, delivers plenty of old and new dirt along with it. Read full book review >

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THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeannette Walls
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2005

"A pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps, thoroughly American story."
An account of growing up nomadic, starry-eyed, and dirt poor in the '60s and '70s, by gossip journalist Walls (Dish, 2000). Read full book review >

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THE SILVER STAR by Jeannette Walls
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 2013

"Walls turns what could have been another sentimental girl-on-the-run-finds-home cliché into a fresh consideration of both adolescence and the South on the cusp of major social change."
Memoirist Walls, who has written about her own nomadic upbringing (The Glass Castle, 2006) and her remarkable grandmother (the novelized biography Half Broke Horses, 2009), turns to out-and-out fiction in this story about two young sisters who leave behind their life on the road for the small Virginia town their mother escaped years before. Read full book review >

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HALF BROKE HORSES by Jeannette Walls
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Like her grandmother, Walls knows how to tell a story with love and grit."
After a fascinating memoir about her vagabond parents (The Glass Castle, 2005), Walls turns her sights on her maternal grandmother Lily Casey Smith, who died when Walls was eight. Read full book review >

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LAURA SHAPIRO
by Megan Labrise

Culinary historian Laura Shapiro hungers for the delectable details of people’s lives—no matter their competence in the kitchen.

“I have always felt very strongly that you don’t have to be a food person—that is to say, an instinctive wonderful cook—to have a relationship with food,” says Shapiro, author of What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That ...


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Gaza, Wyoming by Seth Colter Walls
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Unusual and flawed yet packed with the kind of imaginative brio that fans of political satire will find irresistibly zany."
America under new (and questionable) leadership provides a creative backdrop for this energetic, offbeat political satire, journalist Walls' (Incesticidal Nurturing: The Life-Affirming Brilliance of Nirvana's Weirdest Album, 2013) fiction debut.Read full book review >

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2016 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR FANS (PART 1)
by John DeNardo

The holidays are approaching, which means it's time for family & friends, egg nog, and the annual panic of deciding what gifts to buy. But fear not! I'm here to offer up a tempting selection of gift ideas for the science fiction, fantasy, and horror fans on your gift list. 

For fans who are avid fiction readers ...


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BORROWED TIME by Greg Leitich Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Reserve this read for serious dino fans only. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
This sequel to Chronal Engine (2012) finds Max and his friend Petra thrust into the Cretaceous. Read full book review >

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MOTORCYCLE MUSINGS
by Bobbi Dumas

Two fave authors have books coming out early next month, and I thought I’d make sure these titles are on your radar screen.

Laura Kaye and Julie Ann Walker always promise heart-stopping action and breathtaking romance, and if you haven’t read these two yet, then I recommend you get on that right away!

They’re both romance bestsellers, so I expect ...


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