Search Results: "Melanie Sumner"


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HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL by Melanie Sumner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Sweet, clever, and fun."
How a kid can help her broke, widowed, overwhelmed mom: write a novel! Read full book review >

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Released: July 6, 2010

"An ambitiously complicated broth of content with surprisingly little flavor."
Inseparable friends in a New Mexico barrio grow up to love the same woman and share a suicide pact. Read full book review >

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POLITE SOCIETY by Melanie Sumner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 1995

"Much lively writing and a vividly evoked African milieu distinguish this debut, but Darren ultimately disappoints, becoming merely a conduit for action and aperáus. (Some of these stories have previously appeared in The New Yorker and other magazines.)"
A former Peace Corps veteran debuts with a series of short stories set in Senegal (all but one about the same character) that neatly skewer cultural misapprehensions, though not much else. Read full book review >

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THE SCHOOL OF BEAUTY AND CHARM by Melanie Sumner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2001

"Distinguished by an engaging voice, but the action doesn't quite come to a head, and the serious parts aren't as deft as the comedy."
A vividly drawn, good-humored, yet ultimately unsurprising coming-of-age tale set in small-town Georgia. Read full book review >

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CHAPTER AND VERSE by Bernard Sumner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Given the author's previous reticence, fans of both bands will find this memoir revelatory."
A reticent British rock star opens up—a little. Read full book review >

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A PASSION TO WIN by Sumner Redstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 8, 2001

"Outrageous as he is, for personality and readability, Redstone gets an A."
A robust autobiography by the self-styled owner and CEO of media conglomerate Viacom (published, incidentally, by the company's book subsidiary). Read full book review >

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THE USE OF POWER by J. G. Sumner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2007

"This superhero is a bit too super."
Aliens select a man of decency and courage to receive a magical suit in order to combat the murderous mayhem afflicting our world. Read full book review >

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EVERYTHING IS TEETH by Evie Wyld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A rite-of-passage memoir that has powerful poetry in its ellipses."
A graphic memoir that proceeds like a young girl's powerfully disturbing dream, which continues to resonate through her waking hours. Read full book review >

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MY BEAK, YOUR BEAK by Melanie Walsh
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2002

"As there's no corresponding sense of closure in My Beak, Your Beak, the two titles form a seamless whole, making this more like one work for the price of two—still, the theme is certainly important enough to justify the extra expense. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Walsh (Big and Little, not reviewed, etc) continues to delight and inform toddlers with these two celebrations of unity in diversity. Read full book review >

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A HANDFUL OF SUNSHINE by Melanie Eclare
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Expect a run on sunflower seed packets next spring. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An offbeat and engaging offering in an oversized format from a new press. Read full book review >

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DO PIGS HAVE STRIPES? by Melanie Walsh
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"The work is easily mastered, and doesn't bear rereading, but certainly has its charms. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Burning questions of the animal world are answered here: Does a bird have a big black wet nose? Read full book review >

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ISAAC AND HIS AMAZING ASPERGER SUPERPOWERS! by Melanie Walsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 22, 2016

"While simplistic, it's a serviceable starter for discussions of spectrum disorders with younger neurotypical audiences. (URL list) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Isaac explains why he wears a mask and cape and sometimes has special needs. Read full book review >