Search Results: "Marlene Perez"


BOOK REVIEW

MARLENE by C.W. Gortner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"An ambitious but occasionally overbroad account of the life of the German-American star whose life spanned continents, wars, and nearly an entire century."
International movie star Marlene Dietrich relates her eventful story in a first-person fictional account. Read full book review >

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DEAD IS A BATTLEFIELD by Marlene Perez
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2012

"Fun for the right audience. (Paranormal suspense. 10-16)"
A high-school freshman learns that she's one of a group of women who fight evil beasties in her supernatural town of Nightshade, Calif. Read full book review >

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UNEXPECTED DEVELOPMENT by Marlene Perez
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Perez eventually wraps up too many issues way too quickly, ultimately rendering a potentially provocative love story into a sanitizingly unsatisfying issue piece. (Fiction. YA)"
Generously busted Megan has two primary goals for the summer: to have breast-reduction surgery before her sophomore year begins, and to somehow, some way, nab dreamy Jake Darrow, the guy she's had a crush on since seventh grade. Read full book review >

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MARLENE by Charlotte Chandler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 2011

"A poetic and indelible portrait of the great star."
Prolific biographer Chandler (I Know Where I'm Going: Katharine Hepburn, a Personal Biography, 2010, etc.) delivers an evocative portrait of film icon Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992), perhaps cinema's ultimate manifestation of the mysterious, dangerous, unknowable woman. Read full book review >

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DEAD IS A KILLER TUNE by Marlene Perez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A solid continuation with an ending that promises further growth in characters and overarching storylines. (Paranormal suspense. 10-16) "
A Battle of the Bands brings a magical music menace to Nightshade, and Jessica and her friends must stop it. Read full book review >

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MARLENE, MARLENE, QUEEN OF MEAN by Jane Lynch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"With its heart on its sleeve, this offering falls short of other, better picture books that come out swinging against bullying. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A heartfelt, albeit heavy-handed, treatise against bullying is delivered in plodding rhyming verse. Read full book review >

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MARLENE DIETRICH by Maria Riva
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 1993

"No Mommie Dearest—though reviewers may point their fingers—but grand stuff. (Photographs—217—not seen.)"
It seemed unlikely that Steven Bach's masterful Marlene Dietrich (1992) could be bettered, but for sheer intimacy and readability (though not scholarship), Dietrich's daughter has done it here. Read full book review >

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MISSING MARLENE by Evan Marshall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1999

"Marshall's refreshing debut has all the trappings of a cozy, right down to the detecting cat, but gets a PG-13 for sexual situations, language, pornography, and bimbos."
A deep chasm seems to run through little Shady Hills, New Jersey. Read full book review >

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MARLENE DIETRICH by Steven Bach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 1992

"A great pearl."
Gigantic chef-d'oeuvre: a 600-page life that puts Dietrich before us as no book has ever done and whose writing sets a new standard for celebrity biographies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A compelling examination of a simple song's enormous psychological and political power."
The story of World War II's accidental megahit, a song surpassingly popular with troops of all stripes. Read full book review >

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FOR YOU, LILI MARLENE by Robert Peters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Donne notwithstanding, the youthful Peters emerges as a narrow, self-absorbed island in the sea of destruction and human misery that engulfed the Continent before the guns fell silent. (13 b&w photos, not seen)"
Vapid reminiscences of rear-echelon service with the US Army during WW II. Read full book review >

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MARLENE DIETRICH LIVED HERE by Eleanor Bailey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2004

"A heavy dose of schadenfreude: This very slick black comedy traces the gnarled roots of a family tree with an equal measure of affection and disgust."
In a kind of literary Hall of Mirrors set in post-communist Berlin, second-novelist Bailey (Idioglossia, not reviewed) portrays two brothers who have come together reluctantly and without enthusiasm to make peace after a near-lifetime of deception and jealousy. Read full book review >