Search Results: "Marita Gentry"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 29, 1993

Move over, Mata Hari: Here are the wild—if nearly incredible- -adventures of a new Jane Bond, told with the help of Schwarz (Walking with the Damned, 1991, etc.). ``He held my face in his hands and kissed me—my first kiss....`Be with me,' he whispered.'' The amorous ``he'' is none other than Fidel Castro, flush from conquering Cuba seven weeks earlier but not too busy to notice the pretty 19-year-old visiting Havana with her father. Read full book review >

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MARITA by Marita Lorenz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"The congeries of stories has its interest, but Lorenz is an indifferent writer. One hopes that the movie version, to which this ties in, has a little more zing."
"I was stupid and haughty then, a rebel. I sleep alone now": Lorenz delivers a tale of espionage and deceit, told with rueful candor. Read full book review >

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DINOSAUR MARDI GRAS by Dianne de Las Casas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Unfortunately, quality titles about Mardi Gras for young readers are scarce, and this one doesn't fit the bill. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Wedding two topics with kid appeal—in this case dinosaurs and Mardi Gras—does not always result in a winning combination. Read full book review >

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THE CAJUN CORNBREAD BOY by Dianne de Las Casas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"A story best memorized and shared over some warm cornbread—recipe included. (glossary, author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
De Las Casas dresses up a classic story with some fun regional flair. Read full book review >

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GIGANTIC SWEET POTATO by Dianne de Las Casas
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A nice tie-in to school- or home-based gardening projects, this tasty selection is a solid interpretation of the classic tale, with appealing pictures and a strong female character. (Picture book/folktale. 3-7)"
As soon as she feels a hankering for sweet-potato pie, Ma Farmer knows what to add to her excellent vegetable garden. Read full book review >

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THERE'S A DRAGON IN THE LIBRARY by Dianne de Las Casas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 2011

"Even a page of tips on caring for books can't save this effort: Don't check it out. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Little Max attends storytime in the library and then goes to the shelf to find a book. Read full book review >

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BEWARE, BEWARE OF THE  BIG BAD BEAR! by Dianne de Las Casas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2012

"Readers would be advised to look elsewhere for more entertaining editions. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-7)"
The classic Appalachian folktale "Sody Sallyraytus" loses its flavor in this retelling. Read full book review >

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DIZZY GILLESPIE by Tony Gentry
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 14, 1991

"Appendix; chronology; further reading; index. (Biography. 10+)"
In the ``Black Americans of Achievement'' series, an enjoyable, well-chronicled volume about a jazz great. Read full book review >

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NIGHT SUMMONS by Anita Gentry
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 9, 1996

"Ivy halls are often a choice setting for literate suspense, but this creakily plotted debut flunks out—with stilted dialogue, oversized cardboard characters (like Laszlo's helpmeet, a morose gypsy clairvoyant), and a completely unconvincing rendition of turmoil in academia."
Responding to an emergency call for help from her best pal, fledgling Portland (Ore.) detective Athena Dawes drives 600 miles south—only to find friend Suzie Frazier comatose, nearly beaten to death in her California home. Read full book review >

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THE WIDE CIRCUMFERENCE OF LOVE by Marita Golden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"Golden's redemptive novel is a tale of family survival in which love softens the brutal edges of an insidious disease."
When a beloved husband and father slips into the black hole of early-onset dementia, he pulls his family with him into an inescapable identity crisis. After all, who are we if we forget...and who are we if we are forgotten? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 16, 1999

"Cheers, for a change, for the resourceful and resilient single parent and for the rewards that can come to both mother and children. (Author tour)"
Single mothers get a break in this welcome, although slim, rebuttal to the frequently cited statistics that children from single- parent homes are destined for trouble. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Women on the cutting edge of sexuality, sexual ethics, and the exhilarating art of the personal essay."
Fascinating essays (most original) by 15 African-American women of the civil-rights generation on their experiences of love, lust, and a powerful desire for freedom. Read full book review >