Search Results: "Laura Hansen"


BOOK REVIEW

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A moving, wistful, uniquely entertaining tribute."
A chorus of fascinating and mostly thoughtful voices reflects on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Read full book review >

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AESOP IN CALIFORNIA by Doug Hansen
adapted by Doug Hansen, illustrated by Doug Hansen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2013

"This affectionate, glowing collection will be hard to resist. (Fables. 4-8)"
North to south, east to west, across mountain, valley, ocean and desert, California's flora and fauna illustrate adapted Aesopian fables. 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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CALIFORNIA, THE MAGIC ISLAND by Doug Hansen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"A must in the Golden State; teachers in other states could use it as inspiration for their own mythic histories. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
In the early 16th century, a Spanish romantic adventure book told of Queen Calafia and her magical land, California, where she led black-skinned Amazon women of great courage and wisdom; Hansen plays on this trope in this illustrated tribute that combines history and myth. Read full book review >

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JACK OF HEARTS by Joseph Hansen
Released: Jan. 9, 1995

"Familiar matters sensitively handled, with all the dated charm of a yellowing newspaper feature."
This prequel to the Lambda Awardwinning Living Upstairs (1993) finds 17-year-old Nathan Reed struggling on familiar ground- -with his family loyalties, his sexuality, and his vocation as a writer—back in 1941 L.A. Since his parents (a layabout father who dreams of beautiful music and works sporadically as a porter; a fortunetelling mother who's just been busted by the police) don't offer much in the way of nurture or support, it's only natural that Nathan would go looking elsewhere for a family: to Moon's CafÇ, where the staff of the Fair Oaks Junior College Monitor, overlooking his lower division status, take him to their collective bosom and press him to write a column for the paper; to the Harlequin theater, a fourth-floor loft where a cadre of Monitor regulars stage An Inspector Calls to critical acclaim and official harassment; and to a series of prospective lovers ranging from flirtatious ingenue Alex Morgan to disastrous Moon's waitress Sheila O'Hare to Fair Oaks instructor Kenneth Stone, an alleged Nazi spy, to mortuary organist Desmond Foley, whose weekend orgies are a town scandal, and to Nathan's old school friend Gene Woodhead, who returns from military school determined to pick up their sexual experiments where they'd left off. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A LIFE IN SMOKE by Julia Hansen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"Harrowing discourse on chain-smoking, despite the lack of a real narrative chain."
A distressed writer for a health magazine describes the nutty stratagem she devised to break herself of the curse of tobacco. Read full book review >

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JOHN THE BAPTIZER by Brooks Hansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"A curious mélange of the sacred and profane, but always captivating when the sinners are onstage."
John the Baptist is an inspiring spiritual leader but a less-than-riveting protagonist in this fictional treatment from Hansen (The Monsters of St. Helena, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE MONSTERS OF ST. HELENA by Brooks Hansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Gloriously imagined—though with a rather low narrative temperature—with its spooky, dramatic detail giving it a feverish intensity."
An exotic locale, its fabled history, and the latter years of dethroned Napoleon Bonaparte are the colorful core materials of this intriguing third outing from Hansen (after Perlman's Ordeal, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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ATTICUS by Ron Hansen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Hansen wrote this one with an eye to the screen, where Mariette is due soon. (Author tour)"
After the heady success of Mariette in Ecstasy (1991), Hansen toys with mystery writing in a slick fiction that also continues his last novel's spiritual intrigue. Read full book review >

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NEOGENESIS by Gerard Hansen
Released: April 18, 2013

"Beyond the arcane terminology and abundant dialogue, modest characters inhabit a rock-solid medical mystery."
Scientists and federal agencies desperately try to pinpoint the source of an unknown neurological disease in Hansen's debut medical thriller. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A list of 'More Women of Hope' is appended. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
A gorgeous series of black-and-white photographic portraits that were part of a campaign to show people, especially young African-Americans, that "greatness looks like them" form the heart of this book. Read full book review >