Search Results: "Linda Michelin"


BOOK REVIEW

ZUZU’S WISHING CAKE by Linda Michelin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"Message amiably concealed, but heartfelt and winning. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Zuzu smiles a lot—at boxes, boots, bottle caps and the new boy next door, except he doesn't smile back. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

HENRY’S NIGHT by D.B. Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: April 6, 2009

"A great bedtime read, as mysterious and thought-provoking as a zen koan. (Picture book. 6-10, adult)"
From Henry Hikes to Fitchburg (2000) on, Johnson has surpassed all conventional biographers in presenting Thoreau's philosophy and spirit in ways that will make sense to younger readers. 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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1998

"Gripping in its simplicity and honesty, a story of a tormented little girl who may have found some solace in the love of a stranger. (Author tour)"
A tale, told with compassion and affection, of an angry young black girl caught in the child welfare system and the white, middle-class psychoanalyst who became her friend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STONE CIRCLE by Gary Goshgarian
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 3, 1997

"A richly conceived work that's largely buried under melodrama."
The author of Rough Beast (1995) combines Amerindian and Celtic mythology in a thriller that would put Joseph Campbell to sleep. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AND AGAIN by Jessica Chiarella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"This is a novel about what it means to be human, with all the flaws and vulnerabilities that implies, and whether we can ever truly begin again."
Following an experimental medical procedure, four patients struggle to resume their pre-illness lives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PASADENA by David Ebershoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2002

"Lovely, but as exhausting as exhaustive."
An epic tale spanning the history of a WWI-era southern California that's later lost to the flash of Hollywood and technoburbs. Read full book review >