Search Results: "Leslie Stella"


BOOK REVIEW

LESLIE by Omar Tyree
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2002

"Implausibly melodramatic portrait of a killer whose actions evoke horror rather than sympathy."
Tyree (Just Say No!, 2001, etc.), whose grim tales of life in the 'hood usually offer moments of grace or wisdom, tells a horrifying and essentially nasty story of a woman who murders those who get in her way. Read full book review >

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STELLA by Helen Eve
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 25, 2014

"A fizzy, fashionable, schoolgirl rivalry with depth. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A clash between boarding school rivals becomes a platform for a thought-provoking, in-depth dual character study. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A provocative and haunting work, worthy of the attention—and soul-searching—of a wide readership. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A chilling exploration of the moral complexities of survival in an insane world distinguishes this unusual and deeply disturbing Holocaust tale. Read full book review >

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UNIMAGINABLE ZERO SUMMER by Leslie Stella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2005

"A comforting if sometimes cartoonish riff on Gen-X lives."
In her third outing, Stella (The Easy Hour, 2003, etc.) uses the high-school reunion as backdrop for a comedy about social misfits, thwarted ambitions and the ties that bind. Read full book review >

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THE EASY HOUR by Leslie Stella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"A pleasant take on the vanity of human wishes: well conceived, nicely wrapped up."
From second-novelist Stella (Fat Bald Jeff, 2001): a good-natured comedy about social climbing as a nice girl from Chicago's South Side gets taken up by the glitterati. Read full book review >

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PERMANENT RECORD by Leslie Stella
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 5, 2013

"Despite characters exaggerated to the point of caricature, an edgy, discomfiting attack on post-9/11 nerves and prejudices. (Fiction. 14-18)"
"I'm just Bud Hess, transfer student, underachiever, nobody." Read full book review >

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FAT BALD JEFF by Leslie Stella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"More convincing as a stand-up comedy routine than a novel, but nonetheless a hilarious send-up of hippies and hipsters."
Newcomer Stella, founder of the Chicago 'zine Lumpen, creates a slacker hell and a disgruntled, wisecracking protagonist who rages successfully against the machine. Read full book review >

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STELLA DESCENDING by Linn Ullmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2003

"A very strange tale that could have been unbearably pretentious—but it's deft and light enough to work, creating just the right atmosphere of foreboding and regret."
A haunting, elegiac account of a woman's mysterious death, told by this Norwegian second-novelist (Before You Sleep, 1999) through the voices of the detective and survivors trying to make sense of the case. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"Unpracticed readers will sail through the short, dialogue-heavy chapters as this gaggle of young sleuths squares off against a truly odious pair of neighbors. (Fiction. 9-11)"
paper 1-55037-514-8 The young people of Stella Street rightly suspect that their nasty, secretive new neighbors are up to no good in this rollicking farce. Read full book review >

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STELLA MANHATTAN by Silviano Santiago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A waste."
In an attempt to use Manuel Puig's successful formula of Kiss of the Spider Woman—homosexual liberation mixed with South American politics—Brazilian novelist Santiago fails miserably. Read full book review >

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PLAN Z BY LESLIE KOVE by Betsy Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2001

"A standard tale that features a particularly irritating adolescent narrator. The Curse of Holden Caulfield strikes again."
A trip back in time to the 1970s and all, supposedly, that was groovy. Read full book review >

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STELLA BAIN by Anita Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"An exemplary addition to Shreve's already impressive oeuvre."
A wife risks every chance of domestic happiness by heading to the front long before America's entry into the Great War. Read full book review >