Search Results: "Lisa Fields"


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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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THE TRIPLE BANANA SPLIT BOY/EL NIÑO GOLOSO by Lucha Corpi
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2009

"Flawed in its delivery and appeal. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Enrique, el niño goloso, is a boy with a sweet tooth, utterly unable to control his extreme desire for sugary foods. Read full book review >

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TOO PERFECT by Trudy Ludwig
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"While lacking in literary or pictorial merit, however, the book is one of few on a very timely social problem. (Picture book. 7-10)"
This well-intentioned but highly didactic picture book focuses on the pitfalls of apparent perfection. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONA LISA by Letizia Galli
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1996

"Some additional facts are provided at the end, but no specific references are cited. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
In a work subtitled ``The Secret of the Smile,'' readers learn a lot about Leonardo da Vinci, but little about his painting of the woman called Mona Lisa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRINITY FIELDS by Bradford Morrow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"Morrow's poetic prose, the stark emotions it reveals, and the effortless interweaving of personal and political themes give his novel a simple grandeur. (35,000 first printing; author tour)"
Morrow (The Almanac Branch, 1991, etc.) situates a fragile story of friendship within an imposing political conflict to create a classic American tale of epic proportions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 9, 2014

"UFO conspiracy theories, delivered in red-alert tones by an atypical follower."
Vernon, in his debut, tells how his boyhood sighting of a "flying saucer" over his neighbor's house led him on a lifelong quest into UFO encounters and shadowy government scheming. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Elysian Fields by Mark LaFlaur
Released: March 6, 2013

"A wholly involving story with Faulkner-ian characters in a fully realized setting."
A dysfunctional family reflects the decay of New Orleans in debut author LaFlaur's tale of brotherly love and menace. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STRAWBERRY FIELDS by Marina Lewycka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2007

"Strawberry-sweet, but not too syrupy."
After a disastrous strawberry-picking season, Eastern European migrant workers take a road trip across "this other Eden…this earth, this realm, this England" in search of meaning, stability and perhaps even love. Read full book review >