Search Results: "Mara Shaughnessy"


BOOK REVIEW

DOWNPOUR by Emily Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

"A pale, poorly conceived rumination on color; choose instead Laura Vaccaro Seeger's Green (2012) or Joyce Sidman's Red Sings from Treetops (2009), illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A repeated spell-check fail and, more seriously, a discomfiting color choice make this visionary lyric a washout. Read full book review >

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OVER THE UNDERWORLD by Adam Shaughnessy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"While the story's typical middle school troubles may drag, readers excited by plot twists and riddles will enjoy this book's mythical whodunit and anticipate future resolutions to its cliffhangers.(Fantasy. 8-12)"
In Book 2 of Shaughnessy's Unbelievable FIB series, Prudence Potts and friend ABE must solve another puzzle of mythical proportions: who murdered Odin's son Baldur? Read full book review >

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LES PAUL by Mary Shaughnessy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 1993

"Packed with fascinating detail and researched with loving thoroughness (Shaughnessy includes a complete Paul discography): a rock-music-lover's delight. (Photos—not seen.)"
Who made the guitar a solo instrument? Read full book review >

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HUGO by Alfred Shaughnessy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"A little like Howard's End without the skillful plotting and emotional resonance: dry, dusty, and very English."
Shaughnessy (Dearest Enemy, not reviewed), a writer- producer for television's Upstairs, Downstairs, tells a stiff-upper-lip tale of an English boy, the home he loves, and cruel Destiny's efforts to part them. Read full book review >

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THE TRICKSTER'S TALE by Adam Shaughnessy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Shaughnessy's imaginings show promise, and his puzzles and plot twists will absorb and intrigue younger readers as they consider the book's central questions about truth, magic, and adventure. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This debut title in a planned middle-grade series introduces readers to a feisty young sleuth, fantastical realms, and warring Viking gods. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEEING RED by Dan Shaughnessy
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

"But as long as guys like Shaughnessy can hold a pen, it's always Red's game; anyone else just came to play. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Another work of Boston sports hagiography from one of the jock beat's leading home teamers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Shift by Haydn Shaughnessy
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 12, 2015

"Engages some worthwhile themes, often tangled in dense prose."
A scholarly look at how technology has radically transformed the world of commerce, coupled with advice for how to navigate this new landscape. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 15, 1999

"Strictly for the author's co-synsethesiaists."
Despite bursts of clarity, Shaughnessy's debut brings to mind the great and difficult voluptuaries of modern verse: like Hart Crane, she invents words for their trilling sonorities ('spifflicated," "cravesty," 'slimsy—); like John Ashberry, she feigns a childlike voice that surreally joins odd words into a diction of her own creation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"One hopes for sufficient outrage garnered to substitute for justice denied; also, for an inevitable movie adaptation that won—t dilute the story's uglier civic dimensions."
Award-winning investigative reporter Leveritt's debut is a wrecking-ball tale of tragedy, malfeasance, and machine politics that resembles an all-true Arkansas Confidential. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 10, 2011

"A whirlwind of juicy drama with dangling-carrot closure."
Former Days of Our Lives actress Purl imbues her soap opera finesse into the fictional setting of Milford-Haven, a sleepy California coastal town where a cast of characters balance matters of the head and heart. Read full book review >