Search Results: "Lisa Alber"


BOOK REVIEW

WHISPERS IN THE MIST by Lisa Alber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A worthy successor to Kilmoon (2014) in tone, mood, complexity, and keen insight into human failures and triumphs."
Murder comes in threes to a village in County Clare. Read full book review >

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PATH INTO DARKNESS by Lisa Alber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"The story moves slowly, and its telling includes excessively didactic explanations of Irish vernacular. The results are atmospheric but unsatisfying."
Something dark and twisted in the Irish village of Lisfenora brings American Merrit Chase together again with DS Danny Ahern (Whispers in the Mist, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >

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KILMOON by Lisa Alber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"In her moody debut, Alber skillfully uses many shades of gray to draw complex characters who discover how cruel love can be."
A woman hoping to meet her biological father is embroiled in village scandal and murder. Read full book review >

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MERCY LILY by Lisa Albert
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 8, 2011

"Flimsy and forgettable. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Oregon high-school sophomore Lily has been her widowed mother's caregiver for four years, injecting her with bee venom to counter the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis. When the venom stops working, Mom asks Lily to help her die. Read full book review >

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LISA CAREY
by Megan Labrise

The Stolen Child may be set on a fairy-filled Irish island, but it is “Magical realism of the best kind, utterly devoid of whimsy,” according to Kirkus’ starred review.

“My friends loved that quote, ‘utterly devoid of whimsy,’ ” says author Lisa Carey, who was recently abroad in Turkey, where we reached her by phone. “They said that ...


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LISA BUNKER
by Megan Labrise

Some of the best advice Lisa Bunker received for writing a book had nothing to do with writing a book.

“The best advice I ever got for naming a child was ‘use all the names you love,’ ” says Bunker, author of Felix Yz. “By the time the next kid comes along, you’ll love different names—don’t hold one for ...


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FOR VALENTINE’S WEEK, A HAPPY READING SIGH
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

I’ve been waiting to read Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Spring since I heard it was coming. Combining her current Ravenel series with the Wallflowers is a stroke of brilliance—and since one of my all-time favorite romance couples is Sebastian and Evie – and this one matches their son Gabriel with the quirky entrepreneur Pandora Ravenel – I simply ...


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MIDWINTER TREASURES
by Leila Roy

After a physically and intellectually and emotionally exhausting Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta—and a horrorshow day of travel on Tuesday—I am back home in Maine. Congratulations to all of the Youth Media Award winners and honorees, and a very special personal congratulations to the authors and books on the 2017 Amelia Bloomer list.

Due to being in Bloomer deliberations for one ...


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READING ACROSS THE COUNTRY MAINE
by Leila Roy

One of the funny things about living in a state nicknamed ‘Vacationland’—especially living near the coast—is that, for locals, a huge part of summertime is about avoiding the tourist-heavy spots. You know, like the beach.

So, rather than actually leaving our houses and enjoying these lovely, lovely days in public, a large percentage of us Year-Rounders do quite a lot ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE ABOMINABLE SNOW TEACHER by Lisa Passen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

Passen once again mines B-grade monster movies, as Irma Birnbaum—dubbed "the toughest teacher in town," but "most obsessive" would be more like it—undergoes a third form- and character-altering transformation. Read full book review >

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THE ALIENS ARE COMING! by Lisa Thiesing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Rock on. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
In this lighthearted riff on both Beatlemania and Orson Welles's "War of the Worlds" broadcast, Peggy—cast in Thiesing's high-energy cartoon illustrations as a pig with a period wardrobe headlined by a pink poodle skirt—becomes increasingly alarmed at media reports that "Aliens" are taking over the world. Read full book review >

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THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING TEACHER by Lisa Passen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Expect the unexpected in this purely pleasurable tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Miss Irma Birnbaum, "the toughest teacher in town" and star of Passen's Attack of the 50-Foot Teacher (2000), returns in this hilarious end-of-the-school-year adventure. Read full book review >