Search Results: "Leonie Swann"


BOOK REVIEW

THREE BAGS FULL by Leonie Swann
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 2007

"All these problems are handsomely solved at the unsurprising cost of making the human characters less interesting than the sheep. But the sustained tone of straight-faced wonderment is magical."
Just when you thought you'd seen a detective in every guise imaginable, here comes one in sheep's clothing. Read full book review >

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ALCHEMY AND MEGGY SWANN by Karen Cushman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"A gem. (author's note, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Queen Elizabeth I is on the throne. Read full book review >

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FLOWER CHILDREN by Maxine Swann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2007

"More of a mood piece than a novel."
Hippies' offspring turn out to be as anxious and confused as regular kids. Read full book review >

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THE FOREIGNERS by Maxine Swann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Beautifully written, sensual and seductive."
The exotic (and erotic) aura of Buenos Aires leads Daisy, the narrator, into some murky personal and sexual encounters. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 2013

"Richly researched and deeply complex—at times sufficient to bemuse as much as inform."
A biographer delivers the scholarly yet very human story of some talented women who held surprising sway in the incredible clutter of city-states that composed Renaissance Italy. Read full book review >

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CATHERINE DE MEDICI by Leonie Frieda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 21, 2005

"Persuasive rehabilitation of Catherine, not as a nice woman, but as a shrewd leader who did what she had to."
Scholarly but lively biography of the Italian-born queen who ruled France as regent during 30 years of bitter religious warfare. Read full book review >

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NIGHT GARDENING by E.L. Swann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1999

"Many a stylistic stumble, a paper-thin male lead, and much horticulture aimed straight at the sentimental."
Children's writer Kathryn Lasky becomes E.L. Swann to author this adult melodrama about declining families, thankless children, and, above all, blossoming love in the golden years. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Still, this anthology of Native narratives is a valuable sourcebook that takes ample note of specificity among tribes and, in the process, tells some awfully good stories."
Old stories receive new translations in this mammoth but spotty anthology. Read full book review >

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LOOK SEE, LOOK AT ME! by Leonie Norrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Diane Adams and illustrated by Nancy Hayashi (2009), for a triple celebration of toddlers' and preschoolers' increasing independence. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A joyful celebration of a toddler's new capabilities. Read full book review >

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SHADOW OF THE LIONS by Christopher Swann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A patchy but promising work that suggests a writer likely to prove much stronger with his sophomore effort."
A novelist returns to his former prep school to teach, stirring up old memories of a schoolmate who vanished and various present-day student and teacher troubles in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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SERIOUS GIRLS by Maxine Swann
Released: Nov. 3, 2003

"Wonderfully perceptive and precise about an age that's too often portrayed in vague generalities."
With sensitivity and quiet wit, O. Henry Award-winner Swann delineates the turmoil of adolescence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"The story is mostly well told, with atmospheric watercolors from Marks, but the phrasing of the last sentence clanks horribly and nearly ruins the happy ending: 'love is perfect only when it will give up even the thing which it loves, for that thing's sake.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mark's watercolors add a misty flavor of magic to Picard's tender telling of her own fairy tale, in which a hero's true love for his bride is put to the ultimate test. Read full book review >