Search Results: "Lesléa Newman"


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JAILBAIT by Lesléa Newman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 14, 2005

"Unfortunately, however, the characters are unremarkable and the 1970s setting adds nothing but outdated slang to the story. (Fiction. YA)"
Fifteen-going-on-sixteen, Andi is bored, lonely and cynical in 1970s suburbia. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"Though somewhat heavyhanded, these poems are sure to instill much-needed empathy and awareness to gay issues in today's teens. (Poetry. 14 & up)"
Nearly 14 years after the unspeakable tragedy that put Laramie, Wyo., on the hate crimes map, lesbian literary icon Newman offers a 68-poem tribute to Matthew Shepard. Read full book review >

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EATING OUR HEARTS OUT by Lesléa Newman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 1993

"In the last of these qualities, at least, they can't touch the several well-known harrowing tales by slaves to alcohol and drugs."
Feminist writer Newman (Good Enough to Eat, 1986, etc.—not reviewed) put together this collection of original cries, complaints, and confessions on the belief that ``most of us [women] have, or at least at one time had, a voice inside us that nags at almost every meal: You shouldn't eat that.'' Lee Lynch, one of several lesbian contributors, maintains that ``there is probably not a lesbian in the world who would not, at the slightest sign of interest, tell you about her personal history with food.'' The ninety other anorexics, bulemics, overeaters, and other food- disordered women represented here—few if any of them accomplished writers—would seem to bear out these assertions with their lamentations about ups and downs and mostly losing battles against cake and chocolate and whatever high-fat confection might stuff up their empty and demanding selves. Read full book review >

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PAUL NEWMAN by Elena Oumano
Released: April 18, 1989

In the celebio sweeps, Oumano's Paul Newman follows Paul and Joanne (1988) by Joe Morella and Edward Z. Epstein, who brought warmth and a light touch to their portrait of a pair of very serious actors. Read full book review >

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DADDY, PAPA, AND ME by Lesléa Newman
POETRY
Released: May 5, 2009

"Toddlers with two moms or two dads don't care about gender politics, they care about love, and this is what these two books give them. (12-36 mos.)"
As the title indicates, a smiling tot describes his role within a nurturing two-dad family. Read full book review >

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THE EIGHT NIGHTS OF CHANUKAH by Lesléa Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Perhaps this can be an introduction for a new yearly song to add to the season's plethora of traditional ditties. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Borrowing from the poetic format of the popular Twelve Days of Christmas, Newman has created a similar rhyme for the Chanukah holiday. Read full book review >

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RUNAWAY DREIDEL! by Lesléa Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A lively Chanukah romp that can be enjoyed by every denomination. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Readers certainly don't need to be familiar with the poem "The Night Before Christmas" or with the alternative lyrics to "On Top of Old Smokey" (about the runaway meatball) to appreciate the humor of this Chanukah offering, but it wouldn't hurt. Read full book review >

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DONOVAN'S BIG DAY by Lesléa Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2011

"He, of course, gets to kiss the brides on the last page, lending a happily-ever-after sensibility to the end of this story about a family's new beginning. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It may be his mothers' wedding day, but it's Donovan's big day in Newman's (Heather Has Two Mommies, 1989, etc.) latest picture book about queer family life. Read full book review >

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SKUNK’S SPRING SURPRISE by Lesléa Newman
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"But those cheery animals, rendered in pen and ink and watercolor, will be irresistible to the preschool set. (Picture book. 2-7)"
In this sequel to Where Is Bear? (2004), which ended with Bear's hibernation, Skunk awakes from her own deep sleep and exclaims, "Hooray! Read full book review >

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THE BEST CAT IN THE WORLD by Lesléa Newman
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"A sweet story about grief and acceptance. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Every night Victor always asked Charlie, "Who's the best cat in the world?" Read full book review >

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DOGS, DOGS, DOGS! by Lesléa Newman
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2002

"Another collaboration (on the subject of perennially popular pigs) is already in the works for this talented pair. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Newman and Oller (Cats, Cats, Cats!, 2001) join forces again for this canine counting exercise featuring a pack of extremely exuberant dogs of every size, shape, and shade. Read full book review >

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HANUKKAH DELIGHT! by Lesléa Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Useful for both Jewish families and others seeking to give children a head start on religious pluralism. (Board book. 1-3)"
In brief board-book form Newman revisits the familiar Hanukkah traditions she successfully introduced in Eight Nights of Chanukah, illustrated by Elivia Savadier (2005), and Here Is the World, illustrated by Susan Gal (2014). Read full book review >