Search Results: "Laurie Graham"


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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING KENNEDY by Laurie Graham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2008

"A refreshingly nostalgia-free portrayal that breathes life into the Kennedy story."
A nanny's diary chronicles the goings on of a famous American clan. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT HUSBAND HUNT by Laurie Graham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Old age makes Poppy more reflective but not by much: mostly diverting mind candy."
A frivolously obtuse protagonist, determined to live as she pleases, romps through the 20th century. Read full book review >

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GONE WITH THE WINDSORS by Laurie Graham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Best read in spurts, since the overabundance of entries diffuses the addictively catty fun."
A satirical recounting of the romance between Wallis Simpson and the Prince of Wales, as narrated by a fictional witness to the affair. Read full book review >

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THE FUTURE HOMEMAKERS OF AMERICA by Laurie Graham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"British author Graham's sixth novel, but first US appearance, covers all the usual bases of matinee fiction, from abusive husbands to death by cancer, plus (minimal) sex and a smattering of recipes."
A decades-long chronicle of friendship among five not terribly likable Americans and one Brit who meet while the Americans' pilot husbands are stationed in 1952 England. Read full book review >

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IN OTHER WORDS by Laurie Graham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2009

"A charming, thoughtful book for lovers of Paris, the French language or good writing."
A collection of personal essays on the author's (Singing the City: The Bonds of Home in an Industrial Landscape, 1998, etc.) love affair with the French language. Read full book review >

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BOWLING ALLEY BANDIT by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2013

"Like triumphant Mr. Bing, Keller walks off with a 'Stiffy Stu McShiny' award for this yummy chapter-book series opener. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
A bowling tournament gives the rolling raconteur introduced in the 2003 picture book Arnie the Doughnut fresh scope for wisecracks and wild misadventures. Read full book review >

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DO UNTO OTTERS by Laurie Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"This lively book is anything but. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
When a dubious rabbit discovers his new neighbors, a family of otters, a helpful owl prompts him to think about ways to ensure they'll all get along. Read full book review >

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ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"A tasty chaser for Toby Speed's Brave Potatoes (2000) or any version of the Gingerbread Man. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Keller (Toys!, 2000, etc.) gives "pet food" a new meaning in this savory outing. Read full book review >

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BIRDY'S SMILE BOOK by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Whether they will embrace the presentation and Birdy's exhaustive salute remains open to question. (Picture book. 6-8)"
To Birdy and her dog French Fry, smiles are a necessity and come in many forms. Read full book review >

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OPEN WIDE by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"Every waiting room (and library) needs a copy. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Painless dentistry is lightened with a dose of laughing gas. Read full book review >

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THE SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA TALENT SHOW by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Closing with a bit of traditional stagecraft by having shy Georgia visualize fellow states in their underwear to get over a case of stage fright, this exuberant geographical jamboree will definitely leave readers in a state. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Ten years after their memorable debut the states once again pop open their wide eyes, leap up on pipestem limbs and strut their stuff—this time on stage in a display of talent that ranges from the heartthrob singing of New York and New Mexico as "New States On The Block" to Michigan using its Upper Peninsula in a ventriloquist act and Wyoming linking with Tennessee to impersonate Oklahoma. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"The instructional approach provides an alternative to Lois Ehlert's more abstract Color Zoo (1989), and makes this an ideal high-energy lead in to such elementary manuals as Dawn Sirett's My First Paint Book (1994). (Picture book. 6-8)"
"Purple is a funny word. / rhymes with nothing. / sounds absurd! / Purple grapes / make purple gum. / my friend Violet gave me some!" Read full book review >