Search Results: "Mary Banks"


BOOK REVIEW

N IS FOR NAVIDAD by Susan Middleton Elya
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"An author's note provides further information (noting that most of the customs included are Mexican in origin), and a glossary gives pronunciations for the Spanish words and complete definitions. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
A lively introduction to Latino Christmas traditions follows an alphabetical structure as a way to introduce key Spanish terms and explain holiday customs and activities. Read full book review >

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MARY MILLER
by Stephanie Buschardt

Despite its title, there’s not a lot of happiness going around in Mary Miller’s new collection, Always Happy Hour. “There is nothing more disgusting, really, than people enjoying themselves so thoroughly when you’re miserable,” writes Miller in the book’s opening story, a rather grim yet appropriate introduction to the morbid hilarity that’s to come in the following pages. More ...


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OF POSEIDON by Anna Banks
Released: May 22, 2012

"Entertaining for readers riding the wave of mermaid fantasies. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
Another twist on the mermaid theme comes with a hefty dose of romance and a heavier dollop of comedy in this debut. Read full book review >

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Released: March 18, 1999

"A neat cipher of the rebus symbols appears in the border of every spread. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This short tour of the jungle from Banks (And If the Moon Could Talk, 1998, etc.) and Bogacki (The Story of a Blue Bird, 1998, etc.) features so many rebuses that it is more of a puzzle than a picture book, but a fun one at that. Read full book review >

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FRIENDS OF THE HEART by Kate Banks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 7, 2005

"Life, death, love, friendship, superstition, self-discovery and more are examined in this sometimes belabored, sometimes joyful, ultimately tragic story. (Fiction. 12+)"
Banks's story has the slightly detached modern—and adult—sensibility of a New Yorker short story: The relationships of a group of vacationing friends and a loving, multigenerational family in Italy are described in both warm sensory waves and with a colder, steady current of psychological analysis. Read full book review >

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WALK SOFTLY, RACHEL by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2003

"Absorbing, powerful, remarkable. (Fiction. 11-15)"
"I used to have a brother," begins Rachel, 14, as she tells her story and that of her dead older brother, having found his journal. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 14, 1993

"Banks's strength, if there is one, lies in her artlessness; those seeking champagne and leather should keep moving."
Banks departs from psychokiller suspense (The Girls on the Row, 1983; Patchwork, 1986) to offer an earnest if often wearisome sampling of ``erotica''—ingenuous tales first published in Penthouse International, Slow Hand, Yellow Silk, etc. In ``Salon Satin,'' a housewife copulates with Satan in order to lose weight; in ``The Faithful,'' a middle-aged husband contemplates a sexual tryst in an elevator while his wife flirts with naked salesmen in a carpet shop; and in ``Zap!,'' a woman uses roach poison to stimulate sexual fantasies. Read full book review >

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THE PANTANAL by Vic Banks
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 18, 1991

"Another so-so addition, then, to a familiar story that still needs telling."
For readers distressed by the destruction of Brazil's rain forest and inclined to further armchair exploration of that country's threatened ecosystems, Banks's first-person travelogue offers a standard blend of background on the 400,000-square- kilometer Pantanal wilderness in southern Brazil, journal-like narration of his progress through the region, observation of its abundant but endangered wildlife, and eco-alert on current environmental abuses. Read full book review >

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A PERMANENT MEMBER OF THE FAMILY by Russell Banks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Old-fashioned short fiction: honest, probing and moving."
One of America's great novelists (Lost Memory of Skin, 2011, etc.) also writes excellent stories, as his sixth collection reminds readers. Read full book review >

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CLOUDSPLITTER by Russell Banks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Once again, sadly, Banks's reach has exceeded his grasp. ($125,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
An inordinately ambitious portrayal of the life and mission of abolitionist John Brown, from the veteran novelist whose previous fictional forays into American history include The New World (1978) and The Relation of My Imprisonment (not reviewed). Read full book review >

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CABINS IN THE WOODS
by Leila Roy

There were twenty-five letters in all. They went to girls who lived in apartment buildings in cities and farmhouses in the country and condos in the suburbs. Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week at Camp So-and-So, a lakeside retreat for girls nestled high in the Starveling Mountains, on a merit scholarship. Each letter came with a registration ...
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LENNY’S SPACE by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2007

"Graceful and touching. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this deceptively simple gem of a novel, Banks tells the story of Lenny Brewster, a bright but lonely nine-year-old who is gifted with a curious mind and a strong mechanical ability, but lacks the facility to see the world from another person's perspective. Read full book review >