Search Results: "Lisa M. Stasse"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FORSAKEN by Lisa M. Stasse
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"Mostly generic, but flashes of originality raise expectations for future installments. (Dystopian romance. 12 & up)"
In this debut series opener set 20 years in the future, teens identified as future criminals are exiled to "the wheel," a remote island wilderness (metaphorical and real) where few live past 18. Read full book review >

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THE DEFIANT by Lisa M. Stasse
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 8, 2014

"In this dumbed-down dystopia, noble ends, vague notions of 'freedom,' trump any amount of collateral damage, excruciatingly detailed, in human lives. (Dystopian adventure. 12-18)"
This uneven trilogy ends with plenty of violent action, leaving tough questions on the table. Read full book review >

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THE UPRISING by Lisa M. Stasse
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"The weak worldbuilding strains credulity, but the nifty technology and exciting battle scenes should engage fans of the genre. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
The second installment of the near-future dystopia series begun in The Forsaken (2012) revisits familiar narrative territory, exhibiting the opener's strengths and weaknesses. Read full book review >

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M by Peter Robb
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2000

"A compelling portrait of the painter as outsider and provocateur; a first-rate evocation of both a genius and the violent times in which he lived. (16 pages illus.)"
An exuberant attempt to penetrate the mysteries surrounding the astounding paintings and brief, turbulent life of the Italian artist who has come to be known as Caravaggio. Read full book review >

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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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M by Andrew Cook
NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 2005

"For Bond fans and true-crime buffs, especially, a leisurely excursion into the early days of modern espionage."
A beat cop makes good, and anarchists quake. 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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THE M&M BOYS by Lara Reznik
Released: Nov. 8, 2014

"Just like its heroes, what this book lacks in sophistication it makes up for in heart; a warm, enjoyable baseball story."
A troubled kid learns valuable lessons about love, honor and friendship during the home-run race of 1961. Read full book review >

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M TRAIN by Patti Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Not as focused as Just Kids, but an atmospheric, moody, and bittersweet memoir to be savored and pondered."
Iconic poet, writer, and artist Smith (Just Kids, 2010, etc.) articulates the pensive rhythm of her life through the stations of her travels.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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AGENT M by Henry Hemming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Hemming has uncovered a man determined not to be known and in so doing, has provided us with delightful reading."
The dramatic story of the remarkable British spymaster who may have been the model for the James Bond character M. Read full book review >

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S&M by Jeffrey DeShell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1997

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