Search Results: "Laura Francis-Sharma"


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'TIL THE WELL RUNS DRY by Laura Francis-Sharma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Sharma delivers a rich and satisfying debut on the ties of family, love and culture—and how those ties are sometimes better when broken."
From the Caribbean island of Trinidad comes a saga ripe with heartbreak and joy. 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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AN OBEDIENT FATHER by Akhil Sharma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"So full it threatens sometimes to collapse or overflow; but a debut, on balance, that's pathetic, remorseless, and wrenching."
Storywriter and investment banker Sharma's first novel is in equal parts squalid and compelling: the tale of a corrupt civil servant in Delhi who ruins lives, his own included, by having seduced his own daughter. Read full book review >

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TEACH A WOMAN TO FISH by Ritu Sharma
NON-FICTION
Released: June 10, 2014

"Sharma's experiences not only support the idea that 'when you teach a woman to fish, everyone eats,' but also serve as an aggressive call to action for anyone who cares about ending global poverty."
An international women's issues advocate tells the story of how females all over the developing world are seeking to improve their economic prospects and create better futures for themselves and their families. Read full book review >

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LIES AGREED UPON by Katherine D. Sharma
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 9, 2013

"An often engaging New Orleans mystery with romantic and humorous touches."
In Sharma's debut mystery, an unexpected inheritance brings a young woman to New Orleans, where she confronts a tangled legacy of family secrets. 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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THE BEAUTIFUL GAME by Jason Quinn
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Do these loose ends portend a sequel? More troublemaking and bigotry? Perhaps Sandford will take up yoga. Now that might spark some inspired storytelling. (Graphic fiction. 10-16)"
Soccer (aka, to most of the world, football) at its apex is a beautiful game, but despite its title, in Quinn's story readers get a lot more dirty play, errant behavior, and hooliganism. Read full book review >

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Voices in the Valley by Suravi Sharma Kumar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2012

"Readers acquainted with Indian history and culture will likely find this story intriguing, but others may find themselves lost."
In the northeastern Indian state of Assam, a young girl grows up to become a successful politician despite the qualms of her traditional family in Kumar's debut novel. Read full book review >

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A LIFE OF ADVENTURE AND DELIGHT by Akhil Sharma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Filled with a strong sense of the odds against any kind of happiness, these stories have a psychological acuity that redeems their dark worldview."
Neither adventure nor delight await the characters of this ironically titled collection. Read full book review >