Search Results: "Laura McNeal"


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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CRUSHED by Laura McNeal
FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"Though the characters aren't particularly memorable, The Yellow Paper is a convincing plot device portraying the devastating effects of secrets and the resilience of people who have been crushed. (Fiction. YA)"
Audrey, Lea and C.C. are a tight-knit trio, having just transferred from an alternative private school to Jemison High. Read full book review >

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CROOKED by Laura McNeal
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

PLB 0-679-99300-2 In a story that sprawls over the thematic landscape, two teenagers are shaken by sudden family losses and menaced by a pair of genuinely scary hoodlums as they fumble their way toward intimacy. Read full book review >

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ZIPPED by Laura McNeal
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 11, 2003

"The authors steer clear of moralizing, however, and wrap everything up in a most satisfying way. (Fiction. 13+)"
Mick Nichols has women problems. Read full book review >

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THE DECODING OF LANA MORRIS by Laura McNeal
FANTASY
Released: May 8, 2007

"A subtle yet complex, slightly surreal story about the power of wishing. (Fiction. YA)"
Sixteen-year-old foster child Lana Morris has a lot of wishes. Read full book review >

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THE PRACTICE HOUSE by Laura McNeal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Dust, lust, and human drama rendered with sensitivity, depth, and breadth."
Love is inextricably linked to suffering in McNeal's (Dark Water, 2010) sweeping historical novel set in the 1930s. Read full book review >

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DARK WATER by Laura McNeal
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Notable for well-drawn characters, an engaging plot and, especially, hauntingly beautiful language, this is an outstanding book. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
This debut solo effort after several collaborations with husband Tom McNeal (The Decoding of Lana Morris, 2007, etc.) stands out in the crowded coming-of-age field. Read full book review >

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THE INCIDENT ON THE BRIDGE by Laura McNeal
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 26, 2016

"Expert pacing will keep readers turning the pages until they know Thisbe's fate. (Thriller. 14-18)"
A girl disappears after last being seen standing on a bridge: she must have jumped…right? Read full book review >

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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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DOLLBABY by Laura Lane McNeal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2014

"Rich characterization makes McNeal's debut a lovely summer read."
In the vein of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and The Help, McNeal's touching coming-of-age tale brings to life Civil Rights–era New Orleans. 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 >