Search Results: "Leila Meacham"


BOOK REVIEW

SOMERSET by Leila Meacham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Meacham's fans—and she has many—will be glad for this prequel."
Of teary eyes and torn crinoline: an appropriately big Texas saga by homegrown romance maven Meacham (Tumbleweeds, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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ROSES by Leila Meacham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2010

"A suitably long and intermittently engaging descendant of such Southern-fried epics as Gone with the Wind and Giant—just the thing for genre fans with time to spare."
The Wars of the Roses relocate to America as a struggle between the Toliver and Warwick families, descended respectively from the houses of Lancaster and York. Read full book review >

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TUMBLEWEEDS by Leila Meacham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2012

"Though full of groaners—'It was a drive down memory lane'—Meacham's latest is of a piece with her past work, and sure to find an eager audience among romance buffs."
A topical soap opera from bestselling novelist Meacham (Roses, 2010, etc.), set on the familiar turf of small-town Texas. Read full book review >

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TITANS by Leila Meacham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Emotions bubble up to the surface, but Meacham doesn't quite drill to the source, making an impressive dig into turn-of-the-century Texas come up empty."
Lies, betrayal, and black gold seep through this epic saga of separated fraternal twins who are reunited at the dawn of the oil boom in early 1900s Texas. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2003

"A pleasant walk over very familiar ground. (b&w photos throughout.)"
Admiring, even romantic chronicle of the Anglo-American leaders' warm personal relationship before and during WWII. Read full book review >

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DESTINY AND POWER by Jon Meacham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A revealing biography that should serve as the starting point for future evaluations of the 41st president."
An admiring life of the president who navigated the end game of the Cold War and stood up to Saddam Hussein. Read full book review >

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GARY by Leila Rudge
Kirkus Star
by Leila Rudge, illustrated by Leila Rudge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"This convivial and gentle story about differences is a needed addition to collections about challenging the norm or upending physical expectations. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A racing pigeon who can't fly dreams of travel but ultimately finds—and shares—his own way to adventure. Read full book review >

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A PERFECT PLACE FOR TED by Leila Rudge
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2014

"But never mind—this humorous story with its lovable protagonist is a keeper nonetheless. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A sweetly illustrated and mostly satisfying picture book about belonging. Read full book review >

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QUIET! YOU’RE INVISIBLE by Margaret Meacham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"Not quite another Little Prince, perhaps, but young sitcom fans will be heartily amused. (Fiction. 10-12)"
An invisible friend from the 31st century turns out to be less help against the bully next door than a hopeful fifth-grader would like in this entertaining floater from the author of Oyster Moon (1996). Read full book review >

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AMERICAN LION by Jon Meacham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2008

"Succinct, engaging portrait of Jackson, his circle and his influence."
Newsweek editor Meacham makes a solid case that the war-hero president was largely responsible for expanding the power of the executive branch. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 31, 2007

"A much-needed glossary at the back defines some of the colorful and consistently used fairy slang. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
This sequel to A Mid-Semester Night's Dream (2004) takes a humorous yet recognizable look at young teens' trials, tribulations and friendships. Read full book review >

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A MID-SEMESTER NIGHT’S DREAM by Margaret Meacham
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"But again, the anti-climactic final chapters suffer from over-explanation, awkward prose, and a missing charm that plagues the first half like the goofed-up love spells plaguing the fictional romances. (Fiction. 10-13)"
William Shakespeare's magical love mix-up, A Midsummer Night's Dream, becomes an essentially un-enchanting send-up for middle-graders in this contemporary, hi-lo reader interpretation. Read full book review >