Search Results: "Laura Kasischke"


BOOK REVIEW

WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD by Laura Kasischke
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Ambitious writing in equal parts elegant and excessive, with a psychology that spins out of control and goes poof."
Poet Kasischke's second novel (after Suspicious River, 1996) is a mix of the fine and the irritating that glides slowly downward to an airy nothing. Read full book review >

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MIND OF WINTER by Laura Kasischke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"A prolonged exercise in navel-gazing, with a powerful ending that may be redemptive in the eyes of readers who stick around."
Author and poet Kasischke (If a Stranger Approaches You, 2013, etc.) chronicles the ramblings of a woman snowed in with her adopted daughter on Christmas Day. Read full book review >

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SUSPICIOUS RIVER by Laura Kasischke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 22, 1996

"Those who like Joyce Carol Oates will love this one. (Author tour)"
A broken young woman living in bleak little Suspicious River, Michigan, compulsively reenacts the role of victim in the sexual and physical violence she witnessed and suffered as a child—in a chilling but elegant first novel by poet Kasischke. Read full book review >

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BE MINE by Laura Kasischke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 8, 2007

"Imperfect but emotionally wrenching."
An anonymous valentine leads a middle-aged, happily married woman into a sexual labyrinth. Read full book review >

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FEATHERED by Laura Kasischke
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"Bright flashes of horror, exaltation and folklore draw teens into the thick Mexican jungle, and into Anne and Michelle's story. (Fiction. YA)"
A spring break in Cancun goes horribly wrong. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE BEFORE HER EYES by Laura Kasischke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Ambitious, flawed, disturbing."
Kasischke (White Bird in a Blizzard, 1998, etc.) uses the random high-school massacres of the last few years as a taking-off point to compare the life of a typical teenaged girl with the adult self she becomes—or imagines she will. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A vivid, intimate memoir that, with great clarity and attention to detail, tells an unforgettable survival story."
In 1996, the worst disaster in recorded Mt. Everest climbing history occurred when, due to a combination of factors, eight people died on a single expedition. This memoir is Kasischke's personal account of how he survived. 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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BOOK REVIEW

FOLLOW THE LINE TO SCHOOL by Laura Ljungkvist
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"While the small details preclude group sharing, this is just right for sharing with one or two soon-to-be-schoolers or for independent browsing of the stylish illustrations. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Readers will actively explore an elementary school environment in this latest in Ljungkvist's successful string of books. Read full book review >

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PEPI SINGS A NEW SONG by Laura Ljungkvist
ANIMALS
Released: April 20, 2010

"One can quibble about rhyming 'telescope' with 'Asterope' (properly pronounced As-TER-o-pee), but, overall, a pleasing outing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On matte pages with backgrounds of blues, purples, greens and golds, Pepi the white parrot sings his "special space song" to Peter, a star-gazing lad in a backward-facing baseball cap and a Saturn T-shirt. Read full book review >

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WHEN SANTA LOST HIS HO! HO! HO!  by Laura Rader
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Though the premise is presented as lighthearted humor, the notion that someone might be so stressed and exhausted that he is unable to laugh also provides a subtle lesson. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this comic tale, Santa Claus has a bit of a breakdown when he finds he has lost the special laughter that sets the tone for Christmas at the North Pole. Mrs. Claus and the elves do their best to cheer him up, to no avail, and the news travels around the world that Santa has lost his "Ho! Read full book review >

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FOLLOW THE LINE by Laura Ljungkvist
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"As child-friendly as it is technically sophisticated, this will appeal to counters and crayon-wielders alike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Harold and his purple crayon have nothing over Ljungkvist, who takes young readers along on a journey from morning to night, from city to sea to village, through page-filling scenes composed, by and large, with one continuous line. Read full book review >