Search Results: "Lisa Taylor"


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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DEFENDING TAYLOR by Miranda Kenneally
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 5, 2016

"Read it for Taylor's journey but not for anything deeper. (Fiction. 12-18)"
When a Tennessee senator's daughter is expelled from her posh prep school, she faces challenges at her new, public high school. Read full book review >

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PETER TAYLOR by Hubert H. McAlexander
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Of use and interest to students of southern letters and postwar American fiction."
A workmanlike biography of the noted southern writer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 24, 1992

"A thorough and significant contribution to Civil War scholarship."
From rare-book dealer Parrish, an engaging and exhaustively researched biography of an important and intriguing, though rarely studied, Confederate leader. Read full book review >

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TAYLOR FIVE by Ann Halam
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 9, 2004

"The third-person narrative has more explanation than action, but the bold concept makes this a good match with Nancy Farmer's stronger work, The House of the Scorpion. (Fiction. 10+)"
"What does it mean to be a clone? How is a clone supposed to feel?" Read full book review >

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ZACHARY TAYLOR by John S.D. Eisenhower
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2008

"Adequate sketch of Taylor's accomplishments without a great deal of flesh or heart."
Old Rough and Ready gets proficient, if somewhat lackluster treatment in this latest volume of the American Presidents series. 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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OPERATION JOSH TAYLOR by Melody Fitzpatrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Hampered by generic characterizations, this amusingly voiced but not-quite-funny comedy of errors is enjoyable but fails to dazzle. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When 13-year-old Hannah Smart's parents refuse to buy her concert tickets to see her pinup idol, superstar singer Josh Taylor, she and her genius best friend, Rachel Carter, must come up with a way to earn the money themselves. Read full book review >

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LILY AND TAYLOR by Elise Moser
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"An excellent and absorbing cautionary tale. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
This no-holds-barred, suspenseful examination of domestic abuse serves as a powerful warning. Read full book review >

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MAJOR TAYLOR, CHAMPION CYCLIST by Lesa Cline-Ransome
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"An author's note summarizes Taylor's life after 1901, discusses the racial climate of turn-of-the-20th-century cycling, and cites sources. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Glorious, light-filled oils are not enough to save this lackluster picture book biography of "Major" Marshall Taylor, the first African-American world-champion cyclist. 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 >