Search Results: "Lisa Jackson"


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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JACKSON by Max Byrd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"But the zeitgeist is embodied to perfection, and the result is a truly, and substantially, entertaining tale."
In some ways a sequel to his well-researched Jefferson (1993), Byrd's latest is a superior novel to that earlier effort—lusty and lively in its view of the American political scene, circa 1828, yet also keenly aware of the underlying issues gripping the nation as it expanded westward. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"The frequent, lengthy narrative asides, meant to be funny, will only add to readers' confusion and frustration. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this absurd adventure, insecure sixth grader Jackson falls into his Great Aunt Harriett's enormous hair. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

"A provocative portrait sure to win as many fans and detractors as its red-hot subject."
A well-rounded treatment of one of baseball's most celebrated and controversial figures. 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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YOU WILL PAY by Lisa Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017

"The laboriously manufactured drama yields so little payout that you may feel more manipulated than intrigued."
The disappearance of two teenage girls from a religious summer camp haunts their co-counselors and draws them back to the scene to learn what really happened. Read full book review >

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MAHALIA JACKSON by Nina Nolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A noteworthy life to share but one more stirring in recordings than on these pages. (resources) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
The legendary 20th-century gospel singer takes center stage in a too-short song of praise. Read full book review >

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JESUS JACKSON by James Ryan Daley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Smart and sweet, comforting and moving. (Fiction. 12-16)"
When high school football hero Ryan Stiles is found dead at the bottom of a ravine, the only person not consumed by grief is his younger brother. Read full book review >

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ANDREW JACKSON by H.W. Brands
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2005

"Brands illuminates the life of an American original while shedding light on such matters as the conquest of Texas and the origins of the Civil War. A pleasure for history buffs."
Industrial-strength historian Brands (Lone Star Nation, 2004, etc.), prolific in the Ambrose-McCullough vein, turns his attention to oft-overlooked Old Hickory. Read full book review >

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HALIBUT JACKSON by David Lucas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2004

"Nevertheless, Halibut Jackson's transformation pushes the limits of believability. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A shy boy comes out of his shell in this unusual debut. Read full book review >

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STONEWALL JACKSON by Lynda Pflueger
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Nevertheless, this provides a solid basis for research, and may find fans among Civil War enthusiasts as well. (maps, b&w photos, not seen, chronology, notes, further reading, glossary, index) (Biography. 11+)"
First in the Historical American Biographies series, this story of one of the South's most talented generals begins with his famous Battle of Bull Run, then flashes back to highlights in his life. Read full book review >