Search Results: "Martin McLaughlin"


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WHY READ THE CLASSICS? by Italo Calvino
Released: Sept. 22, 1999

"Brisk and unpretentiously sophisticated, Calvino's literary essays are invigorating, thought-provoking, and pleasurable reading."
An irrepressibly lively collection of the late Italian novelist's literary criticism. Read full book review >

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CYCLER by Lauren McLaughlin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"Jill and Jack's story, touched with intrigue, humor and fascinating questions, ends with a conclusion both satisfactory and open-ended. (Fantasy. 14-16)"
Jill has truly terrible PMS: Every month, for four days, she turns into a boy. Read full book review >

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IN HER SHADOW by August McLaughlin
Released: Dec. 16, 2012

"An engaging story with an inventive structure and an intriguing focus on body-image issues."
McLaughlin's debut thriller tells a story of dark family secrets. Read full book review >

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SIDEWALK SYMPHONY by Peter McLaughlin
Released: April 23, 2007

"A heartwarming novel that will resonate with readers."
On a freshly poured sidewalk in Los Angeles in 1918, 12-year-old Iris LaPelle inscribes a prayer for her father's safe return from World War I. Read full book review >

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GLAMOURPUSS by Christian McLaughlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 1994

"A light, predictable, enjoyable debut—as meaningful as an afternoon of soaps, but much more entertaining."
Your basic boy-meets-boy love story, with a daytime-drama twist. Read full book review >

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(RE)CYCLER by Lauren McLaughlin
FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"It won't make sense without Cycler (2008), but it's well worth the effort of reading both. (Fantasy. YA)"
Jill has more reason than most recent high-school graduates to be both thrilled and terrified to leave home: Once a month, instead of having her period, she turns into a boy. Read full book review >

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ALABASTER HOUSES by Lara McLaughlin
Released: June 10, 2011

"A tour de force that makes readers face hard truths about the effect a person's choices can have on her soul."
McLaughlin invites readers on a journey of the heart in this celebration of life, death and what it means to be human. Read full book review >

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MARRIAGE IS PURE MURDER by Staci McLaughlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017

"The characters are one-dimensional, the dialogue stilted, the romance bland, and the villain all too obvious. Basic and forgettable."
Nearly-married Dana Lewis digs into small-town gossip to find a killer in her sixth escapade in scenic California. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2003

"Tart and quick. 'Finding Prince Charming can mean kissing a lot of toads—not to mention some wicked cold sores.' It can also mean a lot of good stories."
"Dating in the city takes its toll," writes investment banker and first-time writer McLaughlin in this yearlong chronicle of Friday night dates. Read full book review >

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SCORED by Lauren McLaughlin
FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"The bold, aggressive narrative condemns both No Child Left Behind-style testing and current financial policies, cautioning about what could happen to social mobility in the face of stark inequity. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
Everyone is a number in a dystopian near-future in which lives are determined by a corporation's surveillance-driven scores. Read full book review >

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SEX TOYS OF THE GODS by Christian McLaughlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 1997

"A good-natured, unapologetically shallow Cinderella story with X-rated interludes."
Scriptwriter McLaughlin toils earnestly to pack sex, sensationalism, and B-list names into his follow-up to Glamourpuss (1994): Here, a wide-eyed Hollywood newcomer finds love, work, and a rock star for a best friend. Read full book review >