Search Results: "Lisa Carter"


BOOK REVIEW

LISA, LISA by Béatrice Shalit
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"French writer Shalit's fifth novel—and first US publication—is an accomplished soap-script that needs fleshing out."
Goodness knows, there's a passel of domestic furor and flurry within this novel's Jewish/French family, who are gathered for a wedding—but somehow the fuss and feathers have no more emotional depth than the plink-plunk of a rapid badminton volley. Read full book review >

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MONA LISA by Dianne Hales
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The breezy tone is a jarring contrast to the considerable scholarship that informs the author's history."
Like many visitors to the Louvre, journalist Hales (La Bella Lingua: A Passionate Journey through the World's Most Beautiful Language, 2009, etc.) was fascinated by Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait and set out to investigate the real Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo: "Why did the most renowned painter of her time choose her as his model?...And why does her smile enchant us still?" Read full book review >

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JIMMY CARTER by Tim O’Shei
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2002

"This series and the accompanying easy-to-navigate Web site will make this predictable assignment less daunting and a little more interesting for the writer. (index, chapter notes, annotated Web addresses, bibliography.) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Jimmy Carter's life story presented specifically for the reader who has a report to write for school. Read full book review >

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JIMMY CARTER by Anne Schraff
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A readable, if utilitarian, update for Ed Slavin's Jimmy Carter (1989) and the other series biographies. (b&w photos, index, not seen) (Biography. 10-13)"
In Schraff's view, although Carter's presidential record is decidedly mixed, in the days since he sacrificed his political career to save the lives of the Iran hostages, he has become our ``best example of a retired former president.'' In clear, concise prose, this entry in the United States Presidents series traces Carter's career from five-year-old peanut vendor to venerable peacemaker, showing how he overcame the obstacles of a rustic background and substandard education to excel in the navy, in business, and in politics, closing with a summary account of his post-presidential achievements up to his 1996 visit to Tunisia to mediate the Rwanda-Burundi conflict. Read full book review >

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CARTER CLAY by Elizabeth Evans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"A masterful story of simple people trying to understand God's inhumanity to man."
Agonizing, uncompromising southern gothic that glares unflinchingly at the cultural motifs of sin and salvation as they reassemble the shattered life of a burned-out Vietnam vet. Read full book review >

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HODDING CARTER by Ann Waldron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1993

"Waldron eschews both hero-making and debunking: readable if surfacey."
Workmanlike biography of the combative (but socially adept) editor/publisher of Mississippi's Greenville Delta Democrat-Times. Read full book review >

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CARTER & LOVECRAFT by Jonathan L.  Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Fans of the original Lovecraft will have their rewards—Cthulu (spoiler alert) makes an appearance—but this series debut from Howard (Nightclubbing, 2015, etc.) shines brightest when keeping to his characters' easy banter and creepy deaths."
A former cop delves into the supernatural when he's teamed with one of H.P. Lovecraft's descendants to solve a crime. Read full book review >

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JIMMY CARTER by Julian E. Zelizer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"In just 150 pages, Zelizer manages to effectively analyze how Carter's personality has led him to both failure and success."
Zelizer (History and Public Affairs/Princeton Univ.; Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security—From World War II to the War on Terrorism, 2009, etc.) insightfully examines the 39th president. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A touching account by a son who loved his father deeply and skillfully describes how fame and fortune can almost destroy a life."
How President Jimmy Carter's late younger brother, Billy, dealt with instant celebrity when the media stereotyped him as a southern "redneck" and "ol" boy" freak, as told by Billy's son. Read full book review >

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I, MONA LISA by Jeanne Kalogridis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A clever reworking, though not completely convincing."
Kalogridis (The Borgia Bride, 2005, etc.) chronicles the perils of young Lisa di Antonio Gherardini long before she became the subject of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting. Read full book review >

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CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL by Glen David Gold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A wildly ambitious performance from a first-novelist who has all the tricks in his bag—but just doesn't know how to use them yet."
Debut historical, based on the real life of magician Charles Carter, that manages to get several balls in the air at once, only to let them drop along the way. Read full book review >

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CARTER FINALLY GETS IT by Brent Crawford
FANTASY
Released: April 7, 2009

"Crawford avoids moralizing, while nicely balancing toilet humor and developing social maturity. (Fiction. YA)"
Freshmen firsts: hookups, heartaches, humiliations. Read full book review >