Search Results: "Lisa May Casaus"


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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GRANDPA'S MAGIC TORTILLA by Demetria Martínez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"English narrative that celebrates culture and childhood whimsy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
On his New Mexican farm, Grandpa Luis makes some pretty special tortillas for his visiting grandchildren, especially when a slightly burnt one seems to show images of various animals. 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

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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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 >

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STEAL BACK THE MONA LISA! by Meghan McCarthy
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"This melodramatic adventure will keep young readers riveted. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Definitely a dream but no less exciting for that, this freewheeling escapade sends a lad in pursuit of international art thieves. Read full book review >

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MY REAL NAME IS LISA by David Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"TV rights to CBS, which will sharply improve the TV movie by shifting more of the menace from the opening episodes to the end."
A year after six-year-old Lisa Taylor is kidnapped, computer exec Peter Howard sees a man treating a little girl in a way that looks suspicious to him. Read full book review >

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WHO STOLE MONA LISA? by Ruthie Knapp
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A gem. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
This inventive book's $20,000 Pyramid category would be "What Mona Lisa Might Say." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISSING MAY by Cynthia Rylant
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

"A beautifully written, life-affirming book. (Fiction. 11+)"
A gifted writer returns to one of her favorite themes—love- -in this case, as it can inform and transform grief. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 30, 1991

"Bibliography; photos and index not seen. (Biography. 12+)"
An author of over 60 YA novels brings fine narrative skill to a sympathetic portrait of one of her greatest predecessors. Read full book review >

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MAY SARTON by May Sarton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"Certainly a must for Sarton scholars, but also a pleasure for Sarton's loyal readers. (50 photos, not seen)"
Charged with energy and with a cast of characters that includes major 20th-century literati, this is the first volume of what will likely be a massive compendium of Sarton's letters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Cape May by Holly Caster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2015

"A beautiful setting and intelligent characters grace this tale that proves it's never too late to fulfill a longtime dream."
A New Yorker in her late 50s makes some major changes in her life in this debut novel. Read full book review >