Search Results: "Laura E. Williams"


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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E by Matt Beaumont
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Your career may depend on it."
Subject: Fab debut of former London adman, making a bugger-all brilliant update on the epistolary novel by having it largely in e-mail thrashing about on the office network and focusing on London's Miller Shanks ad agency striving to land the Coke account. Read full book review >

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UP A CREEK by Laura E. Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Sugar for that young adolescent sweet tooth. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Mixing an embarrassing Mom with Starshine's first period, plus an accident for Grandma results in a light-hearted confection that wants to touch your heart without risking real pain. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST STALLION by Laura E. Williams
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"It is often compelling, and many passages are filled with loss and longing that are nearly palpable. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Williams (Behind the Bedroom Wall, 1996, etc.) tells of an estranged father and daughter in a novel that gains strength from the magnitude of the gulf between them, and loses power when that gulf is too-easily bridged. Read full book review >

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THE EXECUTIONER’S DAUGHTER by Laura E. Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"Despite a contrived final hint that Lily has made a new and happier life for herself, this brief story is so weighed down by its tormented cast and narrow setting that it's more akin to John Morressey's grim Juggler (1996) than Karen Cushman's Midwife's Apprentice (1995). (Fiction. 11-13)"
Williams (ABC Kids, below, etc.) takes readers back to a squalid, brutal 15th century for this heavy tale of a family tormented by its dreadful occupation. Read full book review >

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SLANT by Laura E. Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2008

"There are no surprises surrounding Lauren's inevitable decision, though her budding self-acceptance is subtly nuanced, adding depth to a contemporary topic with a gentle touch. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Lauren attempts plastic surgery when racial teasing shatters her self-esteem in this introspective novel. Read full book review >

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MR. WILLIAMS by Karen Barbour
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"What a delightful way to show young readers 'how it was back then.' (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Mr. J.W. Williams grew up in rural Louisiana during the Depression. Read full book review >

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JIGGLE JOGGLE JEE! by Laura E. Richards
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2001

"Nostalgic and brimming with old-world charm, this merry romp is a great ride. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A turn-of-the-century poem is resurrected and paired with Williams's sparkling illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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STE-E-E-E-EAMBOAT A-COMIN’! by Jill Esbaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2005

"The Story of Captain Blanche Leathers (2000), illus by Holly Meade, though its content is closer to William Anderson's comparatively restrained River Boy (2003), illus by Dan Andreasen. (afterword, map) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Inspired by a passage from Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi, Esbaum captures the bustle and commotion attending a steam packet's arrival in a small river town: "Rubberneckers, / pounding boots, / whiskered geezers, big galoots. / Wheels a-clatter, / choking cloud, / yapping dog, excited crowd." 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 >