Search Results: "Laurie Rubin"


BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"Though Laurie's memory lane lacks the structural cohesion of a novel, her stubborn perseverance guarantees plenty of colorful anecdotes. (Memoir. 12-16)"
A highly readable memoir traces Rubin's journey from pampered child to acclaimed mezzo-soprano. Read full book review >

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SAMURAI SANTA by Rubin Pingk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"This unusual if culturally hegemonic Christmas story will appeal to kids interested in ninjas and samurais and, of course, to any kids who like an epic snowball fight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A mischievous little ninja scares Santa away and then receives an unexpected gift in the form of a huge snowball fight. Read full book review >

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DENTON LITTLE'S DEATHDATE by Lance Rubin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 14, 2015

" The planned companion novel might provide some of the answers missing here, and those who have been charmed by the winsome characters will look forward to it. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A young man lives out his last hours in this comedic novel set at a time in the near future in which people grow up knowing when they will die. Read full book review >

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DENTON LITTLE'S STILL NOT DEAD by Lance Rubin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A sequel that neatly wraps up this funny and original story. (Fiction. 14-18)"
This follow-up to 2015's Denton Little's Deathdate continues the comedic saga of a high school senior who lives in a world in which the government is able to divine at birth when each person will die. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A sometimes-thought-provoking but ultimately insubstantial assessment of human behavior. For devoted followers of this popular author."
An exploration of human behavior patterns as viewed through the lens of four specific tendencies. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Read Samuel Johnson instead."
A well-meaning but not especially insightful guide to deriving greater satisfaction in life by feeling "more at home, at home." Read full book review >

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ISABELLA OF CASTILE by Nancy Rubin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 1991

"A first-rate exposition."
In this scholarly, limpidly written work, Rubin (The Mother Mirror, 1984; The New Suburban Woman, 1982) recounts the story of Spain's greatest queen and the impact of her reign on her country and the world. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Rubin has not rewritten Hemingway's or Orwell's masterpieces on the Spanish Civil War, but his contribution is moving, angry, and deeply convincing. (5 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
This brief memoir of the Spanish Civil War by an American who volunteered with the International Brigade builds up steam slowly but does eventually become quite gripping. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Clearly written and smartly argued, although short on nuance."
Contradicting conventional wisdom about the worldwide recession now in its fourth year, a Canadian economist predicts a gloomy future for consumers who worship growth. Read full book review >

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AN HONORABLE ESTATE by Jr. Rubin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An intelligent, thoughtful, and always companionable history of a lost era—and of one man's intellectual journey."
With his usual aplomb, plainness, and perception, Rubin (The Mockingbird in the Gum Tree, 1991, etc.) tells how and why it was that he never ended up devoting his life to journalism. Read full book review >

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SOMEDAY DANCER by Sarah  Rubin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Dance fans will enjoy the up-close look at a legendary dance troupe. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-16)"
A young teen in 1959 South Carolina has one dream, dancing on stage in New York City. Read full book review >

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THE IMPOSSIBLE CLUE by Sarah  Rubin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A perplexing mystery with a savvy sleuth and unexpected outcome. (Mystery. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old math whiz keen on solving problems tackles the case of a missing scientist. Read full book review >