Search Results: "Marian Engel"


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THE SHINIEST JEWEL by Marian Henley
Released: Sept. 15, 2008

"Spare, poetic storytelling conveys a tender, bare-bones depiction of personal growth, told simply enough to engage young and old alike."
In her first contribution to the growing genre of graphic memoir, syndicated cartoonist Henley (Laughing Gas, 2002, etc.) recounts the life-altering events following her decision to adopt a child in her late 40s. Read full book review >

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JOSEPHINA HATES HER NAME by Diana Engel
Released: March 24, 1989

The little alligator girl introduced in Josephina, the Great Collector is back in another illuminating vignette. Read full book review >

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THE SHELF-PAPER JUNGLE by Diana Engel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"A gentle, reassuring message about the durability of friendship. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Another bittersweet little tale of loss and change in a relationship that's been strengthened by shared artistic endeavors (see also Eleanor, Arthur, and Claire, 1992). Read full book review >

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ABC YOGA by Christiane Engel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Still, a sturdy and playful introduction to the popular practice of an ancient tradition. (Board book. 2-4)"
A multihued cast of characters introduce yoga to preschoolers and toddlers. Read full book review >

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ABC LOVE by Christiane Engel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An emotional mess. Here's hoping Engel finds a text worthy of her playful art. (Board book. 18 mos.-4)"
Children and their grown-ups explore the ABCs of love. Read full book review >

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THE TRUTH ABOUT SPARROWS by Marian Hale
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"An important addition to the genre from a new voice. (Fiction. 10+)"
"These are hard times, Babygirl," Daddy says and, sure enough, 1933 is a rough year for Sadie Wynn. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY by Marian Keyes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 27, 2004

"Bloated, meandering plot, with lots of dull talk about the publishing business. Even the author's wonderfully eccentric sense of humor can't save this one."
More plucky Irishwomen from Keyes (Sushi for Beginners, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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PAST REGRET by Marian Babson
Released: June 1, 1992

"Crisp, spare, and absorbing to the last page."
Babson, whose many works run the gamut from splendid to abysmal (Guilty Party, etc. etc.), produces a winner in this tidily plotted story that begins with the disappearance of Connie Sawyer, an American girl spending her junior year at a London university. Read full book review >

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THE CAT NEXT DOOR by Marian Babson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 2002

"More attuned to family relationships than to murder, with minimal tension, but the prolific Babson (To Catch a Cat, 2000, etc.) is as easy to read as ever, and Tikki is a mercifully minor presence in a so-so outing even ailurophobes will be able to swallow."
Photographer-writer Margot has returned from New York to St. Read full book review >

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ANYBODY OUT THERE? by Marian Keyes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2006

"The very best in chick-lit."
Keyes's proven formula for success—a chatty, engaging heroine, a bawdy sense of humor, an unhappy turn of events—works again in her eighth novel (The Other Side of the Story, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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TO CATCH A CAT by Marian Babson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Though veteran Babson (The Company of Cats, 1999, etc.) bites off more threatening subplots than she chews, Robin's sudden, urgent bonding with Leif Eriksson provides a clever, wholly apt vehicle for the usual in-cat-uation."
All 11-year-old Robin wants to do is sneak into Ingrid Nordling's house to pinch her cat as part of his entrance requirements into a gang—a gang in the pokey little English town his departed mother's extended honeymoon has marooned him in. Read full book review >

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GUILTY PARTY by Marian Babson
Released: Dec. 20, 1991

"A tiresome mishmash, strictly for forgiving fans."
Another outing for the indefatigable Babson (Fatal Fortune, etc.), this time a rather bedraggled exercise that finds American artist Leonora Rice rebounding from a traumatic affair, renting the gardener's cottage on Lady Cosgreave's English estate, and hoping to work in peace for an upcoming exhibit. Read full book review >