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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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 >

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GRANDPA GAZILLION’S NUMBER YARD by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Only for the top ten number crunchers. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Warning: Anyone dizzied by numbers will reel with vertigo in this rhyming tale of Grandpa Gazillion and his yard rat, Hildegarde, as they demonstrate that numbers ONE through TWENTY have other uses than just counting. Read full book review >

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WE ARE GROWING! by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Amusing, yes. Useful for reading practice, yes, but not necessarily guaranteed to make new readers the 'read-i-est.' (Early reader. 6-8)"
Elephant and Piggie make an appearance to introduce the first in their new series, an egalitarian introduction to superlatives. 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 >