Search Results: "Lisa Mertins"


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 FINDS HIS VOICE by James Doti
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A charming story with delightful pictures ideal for reading together."
In this touching autobiographical picture book, a young boy discovers that enthusiasm can trump his speech impediment. 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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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 >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Art lovers of all ages—grown-ups, students and children alike—will be engaged and captivated by this exciting and visually arresting entree into fine art. (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
As the book begins, a little girl asks: "Dad, will you tell me a story?" The story her painter father tells is a history of art with the Mona Lisa as its central character. Read full book review >

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Now You Are Lisa by Gary Moreau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2016

"A thought-provoking and intriguing, though unevenly written, novel of the expatriate life and one man's discovery of what matters most to him."
An American expatriate reevaluates his life in China. Read full book review >

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STEALING MONA LISA by Carson Morton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Like La Joconde, Carson's debut novel is set in an elegant frame—a newspaper reporter wrests the amazing story from a dying Valfierno—that still isn't as finely crafted as what lies inside."
A world-class art thief snatches a world-famous masterpiece from under the noses of its guardians in 1911 Paris. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2008

"An evocation of a time when America's leaders were proud of their 'elitist' cultural tastes and fearless about inviting the citizenry to share them."
Davis (The Culture Broker, 2007, etc.) chronicles the surpassingly popular 1962-63 exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa in Washington, D.C., and New York. Read full book review >