Search Results: "Laurie Thompson"


BOOK REVIEW

LAURIE TELLS by Linda Lowery
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 1994

"Thoughtful and carefully wrought, a valuable aid to coping and understanding. (Fiction. 8-12)"
``It's hard to believe/how happy I used to be....I have places on my body/I don't want anyone to touch./They're mine, only for me,/and it makes me sick/to think he touched me there.'' A sexually abused 11-year-old shares her emotions, remembering how she trusted and loved Dad when she was little, her horror when he first molested her two years ago, her one tentative attempt to tell Mom, who refused to believe her. Read full book review >

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TITANIC THOMPSON by Kevin Cook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2010

"Whether a colorful trickster or amoral predator, Thompson becomes an irresistible folk legend in Cook's capable hands."
Former Sports Illustrated editor Cook (Driven: Teen Phenoms, Mad Parents, Swing Science and the Future of Golf, 2008, etc.) provides a raucous retelling of the life of a consummate gambler, grifter and quintessential American character. Read full book review >

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KAY THOMPSON by Sam Irvin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"An extremely entertaining chronicle of one of the most distinctive and absurdly gifted personalities in the history of show business."
Funny-faced girl makes good: the extraordinary career of Kay Thompson (1909-1998). Read full book review >

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FRANK THOMPSON by Bryna Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"List of sources; period photos & prints; index. (Biography. 10-14)"
Facing an unwanted marriage, Emma Edmonds ran away, escaping pursuit by donning man's clothing and joining the Union army. Read full book review >

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RICHARD THOMPSON by Patrick Humphries
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 1997

"Unable to keep his critical eye in soft focus, Humphries finally offers a work that could as easily be produced by stitching together a dozen record reviews and a Rolling Stone interview. (30 photos, not seen)"
This biography of the quintessential ``musicians' musician'' by Englishman Humphries (Small Change: A Life of Tom Waits, 1990, etc.) is too much the work of a music critic and too little the work of an accomplished biographer. Read full book review >

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SNOWSHOE THOMPSON by Nancy Smiler Levinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 1992

Based on a historical character, a Norwegian who came to 1850's California, a story about some of the earliest skis in the US. Read full book review >

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DEAR DAD, LOVE LAURIE by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Released: March 1, 1989

After Laurie's parents divorce, her mother requires her to write weekly to her father in Missouri; though Laurie chafes under this burden, she writes enough letters in nine months to fill this book. Read full book review >

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ZEKE THOMPSON, AMERICAN HERO by Rosa C. Scoushe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2011

"Fun and educational—a unique look at post-Civil War America."
A righteous man traverses Civil War era America and fights for the causes in which he believes. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2005

"A minor footnote in Civil War history."
A modest tale of an immodest 19th-century woman who crossed both enemy and gender lines. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AN EVENT IN AUTUMN by Henning Mankell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"As a bonus, Mankell (A Treacherous Paradise, 2013, etc.) appends a reminiscence of Wallander's creation and a brief account of this tale's composition that includes its saddest sentence: 'There are no more stories about Kurt Wallander.'"
Great news for fans who feared they'd see no more of Kurt Wallander: a characteristically melancholy novella whose events take place in 2002, just before those of Wallander's last appearance (The Troubled Man, 2011). Read full book review >

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THE SECOND DEADLY SIN by Åsa Larsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"The translation proves odd and stiff in places, veering between American and British colloquialisms, but this glimpse into Swedish life in the boonies is fascinating."
Another heinous murder in the frozen north. Read full book review >

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THE DOGS OF RIGA by Henning Mankell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 24, 2003

"When Mankell keeps his cases under 400 pages, his pacing benefits exponentially, producing this time a near-flawless performance in a distinguished series (Firewall, 2002, etc.)."
The head of homicide in Ystad, Sweden, is Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander—a good cop, a good man, but not exactly prepossessing. Read full book review >