Search Results: "Linda Glovach"


BOOK REVIEW

BEAUTY QUEEN by Linda Glovach
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"It lacks the wild ups and downs of Go Ask Alice (1971), or the creeping horror of Melvin Burgess's more literary Smack (p. 398), but contains a heartfelt anti-drug message in the swift downward spiral of a likable main character. (Fiction. 13-15)"
By-the-numbers addiction fiction—as friend Nicole and others look on worriedly, Samantha, 19, breaks away from her alcoholic mother, simultaneously plunges into heroin abuse and earns money as a topless dancer, falls in love with a smooth- talking, thoroughly corrupt police officer, and overdoses while waiting for him to take her away from it all. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Let There Be Linda by Rich Leder
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An irreverent novel that gleefully spins the plot into preposterousness."
Estranged brothers have a chance to reconcile when pursued by a ruthless loan shark and faced with caring for their mother, just back from the dead, in Leder's (Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench, 2014, etc.) comic thriller. Read full book review >

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WHO ARE YOU, LINDA CONDRICK? by Patricia Carlon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A vintage 1962 whodunit: clever, understated, and altogether expert, though its did-she-or-didn't-she dynamic lacks the edge marking the best of the eight mysteries by Carlon (Death by Demonstration, 2001, etc.) already to reach American shores."
For years, the Forst family, sheepherders in the Australian outback's remote Leumah Valley, have depended on the bounty of matriarchal Ella Forst. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"No one has the temerity to claim that Brown was a cure-all for our nation's ills; perhaps this offering's greatest strength for young readers is the sense that Brown was part of a historical process—and so, now, are they. (Anthology. 10+)"
A nuanced collection thoughtfully commemorates, rather than celebrates, the 50th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Read full book review >

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HELLO RUBY by Linda Liukas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Ditch the anemic story and nerd-pandering, but keep the nifty activity book. (glossary) (Fiction/activity book. 5-8)"
Originally a Kickstarter project, this chapter-book/workbook hybrid seeks to introduce programming to young readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Place by Linda  Orvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2015

"A quietly shocking page-turner that chooses to be poetic instead of preachy."
In Orvis' (In the Mousehole, 2014) romantic thriller, a woman tries to resolve her fantastic double life.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU BE YOU by Linda Kranz
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A good choice to help children consider similarities and differences. (Picture book. 3-6)"
There are many fish in the sea—and they are all different. Read full book review >

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HEY, DIDDLE, DIDDLE by LInda Bronson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Nursery rhymes are perennial favorites: this compendium is more complete and more charmingly illustrated than most. (Picture book. 2-7)"
This collection of nursery rhymes amazes in its comprehensiveness; favorites like the title rhyme and "London Bridge Is Falling Down" as well as relative unknowns are included here, all illustrated in fascinating three-dimensional collage incorporating paint, clay, and other items. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVING LINDSEY by Linda Atwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A brutally honest, affecting memoir of family resilience."
In her debut memoir, former entrepreneur and catastrophic claims adjuster Atwell chronicles the challenges of helping an adult child with disabilities transition to independent living. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOR TIME AND ALL ETERNITIES  by Mette Ivie Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Linda might make a comforting companion for devout Mormon women struggling with their leadership and history. Other readers, though, are likely to find the prose ham-fisted and didactic, the mystery unsatisfying, and the solution downright offensive."
Mormon housewife Linda Wallheim grapples with her faith as she delves into underground polygamy in her third investigation (His Right Hand, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADULTERY by Paulo Coelho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"More trite truthiness from Coelho."
A Swiss journalist strives to redress the meaninglessness of her life with even more meaningless sexual encounters in Coelho's latest pseudo-philosophical screed. Read full book review >