Search Results: "Melanie Gideon"


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VALLEY OF THE MOON by Melanie Gideon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"An enjoyable magic carpet ride back to an earlier time and a gentler place."
Two narrators, separated by nearly a century, tell a tale of old-time charm and contemporary agita. Read full book review >

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WIFE 22 by Melanie Gideon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2012

"By the end, Alice becomes downright unattractive, undeserving of the happiness that the genre typically grants. Nevertheless, women of a certain age will find her escapades breezy fun, especially since the William character is blatantly intended to bring Colin Firth to mind."
A domestic romantic fantasy for maturing but computer-savvy Bridget Jones fans, Gideon's first adult novel (The Slippery Year, 2009) concerns a wife torn between her uncommunicative, grumpy husband and the charming stranger she flirts with online. Read full book review >

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THE MAP THAT BREATHED by Melanie Gideon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"The author leaves plenty of room for sequels, and repeat visits to Greenwater will be welcome—preferably without all the contrivance and excess thematic baggage. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A hodgepodge tale of parallel worlds and travelers between them features children with hidden pasts and abilities, a soul-sucking monster, inscrutable alien devices from who-knows-where, a plot laced with coincidences—and signs of a lively authorial imagination that can't keep this overstuffed debut afloat, but bodes well for future work. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"Refreshing and sassy, with more than a dash of tenderness thrown in."
A young-adult author reflects on the realities of middle age. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A sage, forward-seeing study to be heeded."
A focused delineation of the shifting center of gravity toward Asia and the need for a strenuous Western response without losing global primacy. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 25, 2013

"A complex but clearly written account of abstract scientific theory recommended for readers interested in new realms of thought."
In his absorbing, informative collection of essays, Tolkowsky (Homage to Stretcher Bearer, 2009) examines the connection between technology and metaphysics, focusing specifically on the history of flight. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Mostly entertaining but ultimately inconsequential."
The failure of globalization to produce a win-win world is at the heart of this brisk history of global economics in the last half century. Read full book review >

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HOPELESS ROMANTIC by Francis Gideon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2017

"A timely queer romance that has a little bit for everyone—John Hughes references, quotes from Hegel and Marx, and obnoxious friends who turn out to be nice Canadians after all."
Love defies the categories and labels of gender identity and desire in this new-adult romance between two people looking for happily-ever-after. Read full book review >

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THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH AHAB by Gideon Defoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"Readers in search of intelligent, whimsical nonsense could do far worse than setting sail with Pirate Captain. Aaarrr."
Having recovered from schlepping around the Galápagos in The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (2004), Defoe's scurvy dogs go in search of a famous whale in this slim, surreal sequel. Read full book review >

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Observations of an Immigrant From Africa by Gideon Naudé
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 2014

"An immigrant's tale of life in South Africa and the United States that effectively draws on his day-to-day experiences and cultural views."
A South African immigrant tells his life story and reflects on the differences between his native country and the United States. Read full book review >

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THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH NAPOLEON by Gideon Defoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2009

"Relentlessly, aggressively, inventively and often hilariously silly."
In the fourth of this madcap series (The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists, 2006, etc.), the Pirate Captain, disillusioned after a crushing loss in the Pirate-of-the-Year pageant, decides to throw over buccaneering for a quiet life of beekeeping. Read full book review >