Search Results: "Maria Semple"


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THIS ONE IS MINE by Maria Semple
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2008

"Clearly smart and talented, Semple never satisfactorily accomplishes the difficult task of balancing nasty comedy and romantic uplift."
Former television comedy writer Semple offers a semi-satirical, funny-sad romance about a spoiled Hollywood wife, a former television writer, who considers risking all for a wholly inappropriate affair with a sleazy musician. Read full book review >

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WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"A fun beach read for urban sophisticates or those who think they are."
From Semple (This One Is Mine, 2008), a cleverly constructed Internet-age domestic comedy about a wife/mother/genius architect who goes a little nuts from living in that cesspool of perfection and bad weather called Seattle. Read full book review >

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TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT by Maria Semple
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"This author is on her way to becoming a national treasure."
A day in the life of an enchanting and gifted woman who is almost too frazzled to go on. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDEN DOOR by Ron Semple
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A historically rich account of the first world war that unfortunately runs out of steam long before it ends."
A historical novel that tracks the perilous journey of a Ukrainian Jew from war-torn Europe to the United States. Read full book review >

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"A challenging but accessible demystification of the Kundalini worldview."
An elaborately detailed introduction to a yoga practice. Read full book review >

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BECOMING JOE DIMAGGIO by Maria Testa
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"A powerful, glowing, unforgettable achievement. (Poetry. 10-14)"
Joseph Paul, named for the wondrous new rookie centerfielder of the 1936 New York Yankees, has big dreams and a long hard road to travel in order to achieve them. Read full book review >

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CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE by Maria Ousseimi
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 14, 1995

"This shortcoming is not all that serious; the text frames the b&w pictures that appear on almost every page of children in war zones, and these are breathtaking, conveying in many cases what words cannot. (index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Five chapters about the lives of children growing up in five war zonesBosnia, El Salvador, Lebanon, Mozambique, and Washington, D.C. The text is organized around quotes from interviews with children. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 26, 2002

"Unsentimental for the most part, this portrait of a short, joyous life can be comforting to anyone who has lost a child."
The mother of a three-year-old who died of cancer tells her story, from dancing delight at a pair of red patent-leather shoes to the last breath at home, surrounded by her family. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 13, 2009

"Scattershot but heartfelt."
Laurino (Were You Always an Italian?, 2000) examines the internal struggle between her immigrant roots and her yearning for the freedoms of contemporary feminist goals. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"48 b&w illustrations, not seen)."
A breakthrough biography of Douglass's private life, highlighting the fruitful and romantic relationship between the abolitionist and former slave and his German translator and companion. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 2003

"A fair summation of what impels a climber and an equally fair summation of the potentially brutal consequences."
Able exploration of mountaineering's personal costs, placed in context among the pleasures of climbing high and hard. Read full book review >