Search Results: "Marianne LaFrance"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 8, 2011

"By unveiling the complexity of something as simple as a smile, the author provides surprising insights into culture and psychology."
A winning smile is widely recognized as social currency even by our primate cousins, but—as LaFrance (Psychology/Yale Univ.) shows—its meaning is not always so obvious. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 4, 2003

"Provocative—and timely in these France-bashing days, certain to prompt learned commentary."
A searching inquiry into the behavior of ordinary French people under Vichy and Nazi rule—behavior that defies the easy categories of "collaborator" and "resister." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CALL ME MARIANNE by Jen Bryant
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Though a sample of poetry would have made a better sendoff than Bryant's biographical afterword, this does provide a tantalizing glimpse into one writer's creative process. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A Brooklyn lad finds common ground with an oddly dressed lady in this fictional but not unlikely zoo encounter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SELECTED LETTERS OF MARIANNE MOORE by Marianne Moore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 1997

"A dramatic and witty revelation. (24 photos, not seen)"
A massive literary treasure trove. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OSCAR LIVES NEXT DOOR by Bonnie Farmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Farmer grew up in Little Burgundy, decades after Oscar. The underlying focus here is the longing for that neighborhood, since destroyed by an expressway, even more than the music. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Farmer's fictionalized account of Canadian jazz great Oscar Peterson riffs on his childhood in Montreal's Little Burgundy neighborhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TWEEDLES GO ELECTRIC by Monica Kulling
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 2014

"A fine joke, well-delivered, and as clever as it is timely. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Mr. Tweedle springs for a new car in this impish tale. After all, it is a new century: the 20th. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A HEN FOR IZZY PIPPIK by Aubrey Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Steadfast and quietly amusing, Shaina is a girl to admire. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Shaina discovers an unusual hen sporting "emerald green feathers with golden speckles," she strives to find its rightful owner. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIREHOUSE LIGHT by Janet Nolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 25, 2010

"The bulb has its own website and webcam. (afterword) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
At 109 years old and still burning (and in the Guinness Book of World Records), a real light bulb hanging in a California firehouse not only merits admiration for its durability but also provides a natural anchor for a look at how a small settlement grows over a century into a city. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. POSTMOUSE TAKES A TRIP by Marianne Dubuc
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"This one's playfulness invites repeat readings, and like Mr. Postmouse, it delivers consistently. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The dedicated postal worker who first appeared in Mr. Postmouse's Rounds (2015) returns with his entire family for a much bigger adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LION AND THE BIRD by Marianne Dubuc
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"A sensitive, uplifting meditation. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Canadian artist Dubuc delivers a quiet story that knits together themes of friendship and the circle of seasons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEAUTIFUL BLUE EYES by Marianne Richmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"Lezlie Evans and illustrated by David McPhail (2010). (Picture book. 3-5)"
Richmond offers a bland and confusing a companion to her Beautiful Brown Eyes (2009). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUNNY THE BRAVE WAR HORSE by Elizabeth MacLeod
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Emotionally charged but never manipulative, Bunny's story and the story of World War I bravery will not be soon forgotten. (map)(Picture book. 6-10)"
Can a horse named Bunny ever be a war horse? Read full book review >