Search Results: "Leslie Stella"


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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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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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BABY TALK by Stella Blackstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"There is nothing new here, but the photographs are very sweet and engaging. (Board book. 0-18 mos.)"
Tender photographs depict the many ways babies and adults can communicate beyond the use of words. Read full book review >

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THE AMANDA PROJECT by Stella Lennon
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A baldly predatory attempt to get into teens' wallets. (Mystery. 14 & up)"
According to popular Callie, Amanda Valentino was a quirky math genius who lived in a pretty, Victorian house. Read full book review >

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STATE OF HAPPINESS by Stella Duffy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Chilly and pretentious fictionalizing of a devastating disease."
A cartographer and big-selling author charts the progress of her cancer. Read full book review >

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THEODORA by Stella Duffy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Although heavy on the sex and sensationalism, there's also intelligence and empathy under the energetic potboiler surface."
The unexpurgated story of Theodora, performer and prostitute in Roman Constantinople, destined to rise above her hardscrabble life to become the Emperor's wife. The book is being for HBO. Read full book review >

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SHAKEDOWN by Charlie Stella
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 2006

"With his fifth entertaining entry in the gangster follies (Cheapskates, 2005, etc.), Stella earns a place among the most readable writers in crime fiction."
Can a mob bookmaker have a wife and a family and be out for good? "Fuhgetaboutit," say the wiseguys. Read full book review >

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HIDE AND DIE by Stella Whitelaw
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Although Jordan's still quirky and unconventional, romance finally overtakes mystery in Whitelaw's meandering fourth."
Sussex seacoast p.i. Jordan Lacey (Spin and Die, 2002, etc.) graduates from recovering lost tortoises to trapping lying lovers and cross-dressing spouses. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 1998

"An admirable debut by Suberman, vividly told and captivating in its humanity. (Author tour)"
In this first book by a retired book reviewer for the Miami Herald, Suberman recounts the story of her family's sojourn as the only Jews in a rural Tennessee town in the 1920s. Read full book review >