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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 6, 1936

"A wealth of wisdom and resources regarding the life-altering experience of a brain injury."
A mother's account of life after her daughter sustains a traumatic brain injury. Read full book review >

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WILD THINGS
by Julie Danielson

Because children possess an inner wildness, children’s literature is full of wild creatures of all sorts and stripes. Two brand-new picture books on shelves, all about wildness, serve as the yin and yang of one another – one story about a tame creature finding wildness; another about a wild creature seeking security.

Michelle Cuevas’s Smoot: A Rebellious Shadow, illustrated by ...


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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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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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BOOK REVIEW

AN AMERICAN KILLING by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 14, 1998

"Frothy fun that, when the narrator isn't gossiping about the Clintons or prattling about her fictitious successes, offers numerous compassionate glimpses of dead-end small-town life. (First printing of 75,000; author tour)"
A mostly entertaining whodunit featuring Denise Burke, a spunky, "pathologically cynical," bestselling true-crime journalist poking into a triple murder that exposes the sordid secrets of a philandering US congressman. Read full book review >

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SHE’S NOT THERE by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 3, 2002

"Ingenious stuff, though both Poppy and her supporting cast shine less brightly than in Love Her Madly (2002)."
Somebody should warn law-enforcement personnel against vacations. Read full book review >

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MISS OPHELIA by Mary Burnett Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"An attractive first novel, then, told with a smooth pro confidence, and with the style and ambiance of postWW II popular fiction. (Literary Guild alternate; author tour)"
A gently affecting tale set in the apartheid-striated Virginia of 1948, where a young girl in a rural ``colored'' community learns something about the complexities of adult love. Read full book review >

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MASTERS OF ILLUSION by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 1994

"Oddly unmoving writing about human tragedy."
The event at the center of this colorless novel—the Connecticut circus fire of 1944—is not by itself compelling enough to sustain interest, and the characters touched by it—mainly a woman who was burned in the fire when she was six months old and her husband, a firefighter obsessed with discovering who lit the blaze—are blanks. Read full book review >

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TIME IS AN ILLUSION
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Cover Story: Equine-tastic
BFF Charm: Heck Yes! (And Bonus LOVE)
Swoonworthy Scale:
 5
Talky Talk: Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Bonus Factors:
 Fake Book, Blended Family, Road Trip
Relationship Status: Infinite Miles

 

Cover Story: Equine-tastic

Good news, everyone: I've finally solved the mystery of the terrible YA ...


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FELIX AND THE BLUE DRAGON by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"An extra. (Picture book. 4-8)"
First published in 1993 and reissued in 2005, it's the art that makes this British import worth the trip. Read full book review >

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UNDERGROUND TRAIN by Mary Quattlebaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Quattlebaum and Smith convey both the strange magic of the subway—drop into the ground in one place, pop up in another—and the sense of urgency that informs the entire underground experience. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Quattlebaum (The Magic Squad and the Dog of Great Potential, 1997, etc.) makes the subway a fairly exciting, thought-provoking place in a story about a girl and her mother traveling via the train to Nana's neighborhood: ``Down, down, down to the underground train, which rushes past like fast water.'' Once aboard, the girl scopes out the other passengers and watches ``the tunnel blurring by like a long, black night.'' The energy of the train is reflected in the bustle above-ground, where Smith shows swarms of tourists visiting the sights while locals go about their business—the elders rush around, youngsters jump rope and barrel down sidewalks on in-line skates. Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN BIGFOOT by Mary Serfozo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1993

"Serfozo's gracefully honed text, perfectly in tune with a small child's concerns, is nicely served by Smith's realistic, humorous illustrations—which slyly reveal that Benjamin has been a little lonely at home. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Like many a preschooler, Benjamin has a favorite thing: Dad's old shoes, which he wears constantly, through dust or mud, dry leaves or snow. Read full book review >