Search Results: "Lisa Wong"


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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THE SAMMY WONG FILES by Eleanor Wong Telemaque
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2007

"This warm account of a Chinese family's assimilation in Minnesota during the anti-Communist '50s is a familiar, heartfelt American tale."
Under the scourge of McCarthyism, 21-year-old Chinese-American Telemaque was forced to question whether she was the all-American she always thought herself to be. 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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NON-FICTION
Released: May 20, 2012

"Wong's message is simple yet profound: Music heals."
With the assistance of playbill.com founder Viagas (I'm the Greatest Star: Broadway's Top Musical Legends from 1900 to Today, 2009, etc.), Wong sums up her experiences as president of Boston's Longwood Symphony Orchestra. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2007

"This warm account of a Chinese family's assimilation in Minnesota during the anti-Communist '50s is a familiar, heartfelt American tale."
Under the scourge of McCarthyism, 21-year-old Chinese-American Telemaque was forced to question whether she was the all-American she always thought herself to be. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

STANFORD WONG FLUNKS BIG-TIME by Lisa Yee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Parts of the story seem drawn out and not all of the complications are credible, but overall readers should find this story amusing, enjoyable and finally touching. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Yee's companion to Millicent Min, Girl Genius (2003) tells the story of the same pivotal summer that Millicent tutors Stanford Wong—but this time through Stanford's eyes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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MAKING FRIENDS WITH BILLY WONG by Augusta Scattergood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Even though this is mostly Azalea's tale, it's a refreshing novel inspired by real-life Chinese-American communities not often seen in stories. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
It's 1952, and Azalea Ann Morgan, an 11-year-old white girl, doesn't want to leave Texas and help Grandma Clark, who hurt her foot and lives in Paris Junction, Arkansas. 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 >