Search Results: "Laura James"


BOOK REVIEW

ANNA CARRIES WATER by Olive Senior
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"When water easily comes out of a faucet, young readers rarely think about the difficult chore of carrying water, but they will empathize with Anna's desire to reach an important milestone. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Anna, the youngest in a large family, desperately wants to carry her coffee can of water on her head. Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN PUG by Laura James
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2017

"Just the ticket for children transitioning to chapters. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Pug and Lady Miranda have a seafaring adventure…in a manner of speaking. Read full book review >

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COWBOY PUG by Laura James
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Loopy but fun. (Fantasy. 5-8)"
Captain Pug (2017) found he wasn't the best sailor. Maybe he'll have more luck as a cowboy! 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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WINTER WINNERS
by Julie Danielson

It may not be winter yet, but the cozy, winter picture books are already on shelves. I’ve two on my mind today, Snow Scene and When the Moon Comes, that make me long to see snowflakes.

I’m really glad that long-time editor Richard Jackson decided to start penning picture books. He has written four thus far (Have a Look, Says ...


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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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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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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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SOME THOUGHTS ON LOVE
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

So many people make New Year’s Resolutions to start the year, but for the second January in a row, I’ll be contemplating memories and saying good-byes.

My husband lost his father this week.

There’s a lot of emotion to visit, of course, though he suffered from memory issues and so, in many ways, his family has said their ...


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SPRINGING INTO MUST-READ CONTEMPORARY & SUSPENSE
by Bobbi Dumas

April is here, though you wouldn’t know it from my window view - snow is falling! (sigh) Thankfully it’s not sticking, and according to the forecast, it will be seventy degrees by the weekend. Mother Nature seems to be slightly confused in the Midwest this spring, and the national news can make my heart feel cold, but I’m glad we can ...


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I BEG YOUR PARDON, I AM A MOUNTAIN TIGER
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott

Cover Story: Reign

BFF Charm: Confused

Swoonworthy Scale: 2

Talky Talk: Based on a True-Ish Story

Bonus Factors: Art History, History History

Relationship Status: Museum Tour

Cover Story: Reign

This young woman definitely looks like she could be a cast member of Reign.

That said, I actually much prefer the ...


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CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT
by Julie Danielson

To say that Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James knocked their first picture book out of the ballpark would be an understatement about a book with very little that is understated about it. In the short time it’s been on shelves, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut has garnered a host of starred reviews and much-deserved praise.

This rhythmic ...


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