Search Results: "Matthew Olshan"


BOOK REVIEW

MARSHLANDS by Matthew Olshan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Strange, otherworldly and somewhat sinister."
An eerie, dreamlike atmosphere pervades this novel of struggle and oppression. Read full book review >

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THE FLOWN SKY by Matthew Olshan
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Olshan's Huck Finn pastiche, Finn: A Novel (2001), made a big splash, but this outing just coasts on the ripples. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Clever in parts but never quite adding up to a coherent whole, this satirical fantasy pits kind-hearted, monkey-like beachcomber Eena Beena and her haughty royal double Queena Beena against Prospero, a gorilla with a mad compulsion to break through the magical barrier that separates his world from ours. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Subtitle notwithstanding, crafted more to amuse than edify. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
This embellished tale is loosely based on a true event: the first international balloon flight, from England to France, in 1785. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MIGHTY LALOUCHE by Matthew Olshan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"It remains to be seen whether young listeners will consider Lalouche a real contender. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-8)"
While he has no difficulty overcoming much larger and fiercer opponents in the boxing ring, the eponymous hero of this quirky collaboration may nonetheless struggle to find an appreciative audience. Read full book review >

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HERE’S TO THE LADIES
by Julie Danielson

We may be nearing the end of March, but before it’s over, let’s honor one of the best things about it – that it’s Women’s History Month. If you work in any way in an educational setting with children’s literature, I hope you show your students books about strong women all throughout the year and not just during March. If ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CLOUDLAND by Joseph Olshan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 10, 2012

"Even as you wonder who the killer will turn out to be, you'll worry mainly about how she's going to come through all this."
In this refreshingly cliché-free serial-killer tale, Olshan tries his hand with a female narrator/heroine, whom he handles just as deftly as his sensitive male heroes (The Conversion, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE CONVERSION by Joseph Olshan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2008

"European sensibility and sensuality add new dimensions to Olshan's writing."
Time and sexual boundaries are transcended in Olshan's eighth novel (In Clara's Hands, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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NIGHTSWIMMER by Joseph Olshan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"But like Baldwin, Olshan deems it necessary to surround a powerful love story with an awkward and distracting plot."
Olshan (The Waterline, 1989, etc.) has written a beautiful and flawed novel about two gay men learning to trust again. Read full book review >

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IN CLARA’S HANDS by Joseph Olshan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Soap opera: caricatures (the faithful nanny, haunted mother, jilted lover obsessed with his boyfriend) in a tale that tries to make up for its shallowness with improbable twists of fate and endless (equally improbable) revelations from the lurid past."
Grim but tepid psychological thriller pieces together the enigma of a woman's disappearance. Read full book review >

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OH MY GODDESS
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Freya by Matthew Laurence

Cover Story: Photo Op
BFF Charm: Natalie Imbruglia
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Modern Theology
Bonus Factor: Gods and Goddesses (+ Diversity)
Factor: Open-Ended
Relationship Status: Agnostic

Cover Story: Photo Op

Although the wings on this cover are more colorful than the DeLand Wings, everything about the image reminds me of the photos I’ve ...


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MATTHEW DOWD
by Rhett Morgan

A political analyst with ABC news, the co-author of 2006’s Applebee’s America, and the former chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney 2004 presidential campaign, Matthew Dowd has spent the last seven years ruminating on the current state of the country. Through his columns and TV appearances he sharpened his observations about leadership and what is lacking in that leadership, but it ...


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BOOK REVIEW

EVEN ALIENS NEED SNACKS by Matthew McElligott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Tasty fare for alien fans. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When his summer snack stand fails to attract family and neighbors, an enterprising young chef with a flair for the unusual draws some very weird customers from way out of town. Read full book review >