Search Results: "Linda Boyden"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BLUE ROSES by Linda Boyden
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"A gentle story of family ties, loss, and dreams. (Picture book. 5-9)"
When Rosalie is born, her grandfather plants a rose bush in the garden. Read full book review >

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THROUGH BLACK SPRUCE by Joseph Boyden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2009

"Though the forced, contrived plot almost submerges the novel, the sensuous apprehension of a distant, perilous, ineffably beautiful world draws us in and won't let us go."
A vigorous picture of life near "James Bay in the Arctic Lowlands of Ontario" distinguishes this second novel from the Canadian-born author (Three Day Road, 2005). Read full book review >

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BABYLON ROLLING by Amanda Boyden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"After some intense emotional interaction, the novel devolves into a dissatisfying and somewhat unbelievable conclusion of killing and reconciliation."
Big Doins in the Big Easy: Racial and domestic tensions play out against the backdrop of Hurricane Ivan, the Tokyo Rose Bar and La Belle Nouvelle, a French Quarter hotel. Read full book review >

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THE ORENDA by Joseph Boyden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"A well-researched tale that mostly strikes a shrewd balance between thinking and fighting."
Violent tribal warfare and disagreements about dogma abound in a historical epic set in 17th-century Canada. Read full book review >

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RICHARD STRAUSS by Matthew Boyden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 28, 1999

"Judicious, well-balanced, and thoughtfully argued, though its readability would be enhanced by a little more passion either for or against the unpleasant Herr Strauss. (illustrations, not seen)"
An unflattering portrait of Germany's most popular modern classical composer, mitigated by hearty appreciation for his musical genius. Read full book review >

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PRETTY LITTLE DIRTY by Amanda Boyden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2006

"Page by page, an evocative collection of scenes, but taken as a whole, a frustratingly incomplete work."
A coming-of-age story that never quite comes into its own. Read full book review >

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THREE DAY ROAD by Joseph Boyden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2005

"What might have been a punchy novella, linking the Cree windigo killer phenomenon to the killing fields of Europe, has been inflated to a size that obscures what might have been its uniqueness."
Two Cree Indians from eastern Canada experience WWI trench warfare in Canadian Boyden's first novel (following his story collection, Born with a Tooth, 2001). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2001

"Here's an important addition to their libraries."
Former New York Times food critic Ruth Reichl, now editor of Gourmet, selects this savory memoir for her Food series of reprints (see Shapiro, below): it's the charming and easygoing autobiography of a legendary chef who emigrated from France to the US and opened a number of renowned restaurants. Read full book review >

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LITTLE BIRD AND THE MOON SANDWICH by Linda Berkowitz
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"Although this is similar to Ivan Gantschev's Where the Moon Lives (p. 403), Berkowitz's book is more endearing; her nighttime illustrations include just the right combination of watery splash and comforting, downy fluff. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Gazing into the sky, Alfonse (Alfonse, Where are You?, 1996) and Little Bird spy the silver orb of the full moon. Read full book review >

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THE MOUSE BRIDE by Linda Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 1992

"A charming story with an appealingly self-reliant little heroine. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Allen heard this Finnish tale as a child; as acknowledged here, it also appears as ``The Forest Bride'' in Parker Fillmore's Mighty Mikko (1922). Read full book review >

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WHAT'S IN MY TRAIN? by Linda Bleck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Confirmed train fans should check out true informational train books at 625.2; for toddlers, stick with age-appropriate classics by Donald Crews or Byron Barton. (Board book. 2-4)"
Fans of Thomas the Tank Engine may be tempted by this busy, lift-the-flap board book. Read full book review >