Search Results: "Maria Tatar"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1992

"The dreary monograph form of much of the book never quite gels, unfortunately, with Tatar's practical, if undeveloped, popular exhortations. (Thirty illustrations—some seen.)"
Provocative observations on the uses (and misuses) of ``classic'' fairy tales are overwhelmed by academic jargon in this oddly disjointed and disappointing study from Tatar (German Literature/Harvard). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2009

"Despite the jargon and occasional stuffiness, a cheering paean to children and reading."
An academic-popular hybrid seeks to redeem children passionate about reading from the derogative label of bookworm. Read full book review >

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A WALK IN THE FOREST by Maria Dek
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A startling, successful evocation of the natural world and an urgent entreaty for young people to immerse themselves in the outdoors. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pale-skinned child crosses a blank, white page into a screen of trees, where "wonders await." Read full book review >

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OUT OF NOWHERE by Maria Padian
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"An encouraging, if incomplete, tale of high school sports in the melting pot. (Fiction. 13-16)"
When Somali refugees move to his Maine town, a soccer captain matures in this Chris Crutcher-reminiscent drama based on a true event. Read full book review >

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ALMOST FOREVER by Maria Testa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A tour de force. (Fiction/Poetry. 8-12)"
Each of these chapters is a poem, and together they take a six-year-old-girl on a journey from Christmas 1967 when her father first gets his orders for Vietnam, to February of 1969, when he comes home. Read full book review >

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ALICE WALKER by Maria Lauret
Released: Jan. 17, 2000

"The best kind of literary criticism: Not blind to Walker's flaws as a writer and a thinker, Lauret still finds richness and depth in her writing that will send readers back to the novels."
An engrossing analysis of the novels and other works of Alice Walker that unearths intricate relationships and challenging premises. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"Other hyphenated Americans who have experienced discrimination and confusion about their heritage will find this often funny and graceful book simpatico."
Three generations in America doesn't necessarily take the sting out of being an immigrant, as described in this appealing and sometimes thought-provoking memoir that moves from suburban New Jersey to Italy's southern provinces. Read full book review >

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DEATH IN AN IVORY TOWER by Maria Hudgins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 2014

"Although she provides no serious competition to Oxford masters Dorothy L. Sayers or Colin Dexter, Hudgins (Death of a Second Wife, 2012, etc.) provides piquant dashes of local color and enough red herrings to keep the reader guessing."
A visiting American finds the mystique of Oxford marred by murder. Read full book review >

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HAMSTER IN SPACE by Maria Carvalho
Released: Sept. 27, 2013

"A repetitious children's book that's ultimately saved by its sharp understanding of kids' wacky sense of humor."
An elementary school class's hamster winds up in outer space in this debut children's book that may surprise and delight early readers. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A SECOND WIFE by Maria Hudgins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 2012

"To the series' usual attractive locations seasoned with a dash of history, Hudgins adds a mystery with an intriguing group of suspects."
A wedding party gathers on a remote Swiss mountaintop, where the uninvited guest is murder. Read full book review >

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OPEN WATER by Maria Flook
Released: Jan. 25, 1995

"Some startling scenes and enchanting writing, but Flook's depiction of feeble psyches and unending despair ultimately anesthetizes the reader."
As in Flook's first novel (Family Night, 1993), a dark, strong start lapses into weary complacency as the characters' weaknesses prove insurmountable and addictions to drugs, sex, and loss become their guiding lights. Read full book review >

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FROM THE KITCHEN OF HALF TRUTH by Maria Goodin
Released: April 9, 2013

"Somewhat enjoyable."
Goodin's debut about a woman who prefers to look at the world through rose-colored glasses and a daughter who views everything in terms of black and white blends humor and inspiration but may leave some readers feeling half-full. Read full book review >