Search Results: "Marian Wright Edelman"


BOOK REVIEW

LANTERNS by Marian Wright Edelman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1999

"By reminding us of those who had the courage to remake the not-too-distant past, Lanterns seeks to shed some light on the future. (30 b&w photos; not seen) (First printing of 150,000, author tour)"
A book that tells the story of a single life and a larger movement through tributes to the people whose faith, courage, imagination, and idealism made progress possible. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"This may have some difficulty finding its audience, but the strength of author and illustrator will help draw them in. (preface, introduction) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
The earnest and thoughtful Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, has cast a wide net: she offers prayers for both young children and teens, for special occasions, for "Struggle and Strength," and a small selection of traditional prayers like the Prayer of St Francis and selected psalms. Read full book review >

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STAND FOR CHILDREN by Marian Wright Edelman
NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"The book is poorly designed, with text and art disappearing into the gutters, but the message is important, and forcefully seconded by the illustrations. (Picture book. 12+)"
In this version of a speech delivered during a 1996 rally at the Lincoln Memorial, the founder of the Children's Defense Fund asserts the rights of children, then challenges readers to do more to nurture and preserve those rights. Read full book review >

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CHILI QUEEN by Marian Martinello
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 1, 2015

"Martinello's storytelling is compelling and will engage particularly voracious readers of historical fiction, but due to the essentially bland subject matter and the unfortunate design, it lacks broad appeal. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 14-17)"
Selling chili on the plaza with her mother and sister at night, Lupe wonders why her family is barely getting by: The quality of their food rivals that of any competitor on the square, so why do other stands bring in crowds of customers while her family serves only a steady trickle? Read full book review >

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Released: April 19, 1999

"The result is a combination of well-researched factual detail, a gripping narrative, strong characterizations, and a thoughtful analysis of the historical record. (b&w photos, chronology, further reading, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A vivid yet even-handed account of the ill-fated Donner Party—the California-bound wagon train that was forced by impassable snow to camp for the winter of 1846—47 on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, resorting to cannibalism when there was literally nothing else to eat. Read full book review >

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20-MINUTE MENUS by Marian Burros
Released: March 28, 1989

If you want to eat well in "fast and fresh" style but can't slow down even for Burros' own Keep It Simple!: 30-Minute Meals from Scratch, here's an up-to-date international sampling that relies for its Olympic speed on chicken breasts bought already skinned and boned and vegetables bought sliced or chopped from salad bars. Read full book review >

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THE CAT WHO WASN’T A DOG by Marian Babson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 4, 2003

"Babson (The Cat Next Door, 2002, etc.) stages one of her most frivolous throwbacks to a simpler era involving, as Trixie says of Arsenic and Old Lace, nothing more serious than 'serial murder, gentle madness and threatened menace'—not to mention two virtually anonymous victims."
A provincial performance of Arsenic and Old Lace is scarcely more murderous or farcical than the bustling offstage mayhem among the principals and their pets. Read full book review >

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HOPE by Marian Fowler
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, the diamond's first European owner, called it 'un beau violet'—perhaps the only possible description more purple than Fowler's prose."
An amusing, if gaga, history of the world's most prized blue stone, from a specialist in the biography of luxury. Read full book review >

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SUSHI FOR BEGINNERS by Marian Keyes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2003

"This Irish author's standard mix of armchair psychology and hip female fun is a bit forced here, and the three-way split for the narrative works less well than investing in only one gal might have. Still, Keyes's chic-lit (even this) is miles above the norm."
Keyes, with a number of wry, funny novels about wry, funny women under her designer belt (Angels, 2002, etc.), falters in her sixth: a concoction with the usual ingredients but without the usual magic. Read full book review >

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EVEN YUPPIES DIE by Marian Babson
Released: Jan. 23, 1996

"Loosely plotted is an understatement here, but harmless fun for those enamored of the ditzy duo."
Another chapter in the lives of the feisty, aging actresses Evangeline Sinclair and Trixie Dolan (Shadows in their Blood, 1993, etc.), who now find themselves unexpectedly renting a penthouse in Docklands, on the Thames, in London, instead of a house in St. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Sure to be snatched up by fans."
Gaelic gabber Keyes (Sushi for Beginners, 2003, etc.) provides a treat for fans: a book divided among essays and stories, the former tastier than the latter. Read full book review >

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A WIDOW’S WALK by Marian Fontana
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"An impassioned, non-manipulative memorial, timed to coincide with the fourth anniversary of 9/11."
Fontana tugs at the heartstrings in this engrossing, inspiring 9/11 memoir. Read full book review >