Search Results: "Melanie Thernstrom"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

"A rich mélange of ideas and journalism."
An intriguing investigation of chronic pain that combines expert opinion, philosophy and history with the author's personal struggle. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Thernstrom has written a powerful indictment of Harvard and a cautionary tale of alienation's destructive power—even among the most talented. (Author tour)"
Part mystery, part exposÇ, Thernstrom's gripping account of a murder/suicide at Harvard (which she reported on for the New Yorker) combines fascinating case material with great seriousness of purpose. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 1997

"Likely to be seen as the benchmark scholarly study of America's current anguish over the race question."
A vast historical and sociological survey of the past 50 years of race relations, recalling Gunnar Myrdal's 1944 landmark, An American Dilemma. Read full book review >

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AUDACITY by Melanie Crowder
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Compelling, powerful and unforgettable. (historical note, interview, glossary, sources) (Historical fiction/poetry. 12-18)"
A novel in verse featuring the real-life Clara Lemlich, a courageous, tenacious warrior for workers' rights in turn-of-the-20th-century New York City. Read full book review >

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JORDIN TOOTOO by Melanie Florence
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2011

"Like her subject, the author doesn't pull many punches in Tootoo's rousing, rather hard-bitten tale, which, thankfully, has a storybook ending aimed directly at teenage-boy reluctant readers. (Biography. 11-15)"
Hockey was born in Canada, so it comes as a shock to learn that the first Inuit to play in the National Hockey League was Jordin Tootoo, who made it to the Nashville Predators in 2003. Read full book review >

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AN UNINTERRUPTED VIEW OF THE SKY by Melanie Crowder
Released: June 13, 2017

"A riveting, Dickensian tale set in 1990s Bolivia. (glossary, selected sources) (Historical fiction. 12-17)"
Francisco, a middle-class Bolivian high school senior, and his younger sister must move into a dangerous prison after their indigenous father is wrongfully arrested. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"McGrath achieves a balance between mockery and understanding that is rare among commentators on contemporary spirituality."
An Englishwoman's amused yet sympathetic journey through the New Age culture of the American West. Read full book review >

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AWAY FROM YOU by Melanie Finn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2005

"More Graham Greene than Doris Lessing, Finn writes with cool detachment and is best in recreating life among the fading colonialists."
Originally published in England, Finn's promising debut novel intertwines the story of a rootless young woman's return to Kenya after her estranged father's death with the history of her parents' unhappy life in mid-20th century East Africa. Read full book review >

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EAST JUSTICE by Melanie Braverman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1996

"The pleasure is all in the precise, delicately shaded perceptions of Grace as a young girl."
Very slowly, a foggy story emerges from the lyrical reflections of Grace—a young woman who returns to her hometown of East Justice, Iowa, to take care of her dying mother and remains there, ``courting'' memories of childhood—in a thin if well- written first novel. Read full book review >

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HAND ME DOWN by Melanie Thorne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2012

"Failed by the adults in her life and forced to be the grown-up when she should be experiencing first dates and football games, Liz is a wise, wry, wonderful heroine."
First-time author Thorne wears her heart on her sleeve in this semiautobiographical tale about a 14-year-old who juggles equal amounts of hope and despair in her chaotic daily life. Read full book review >

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PLAYING FAST by Melanie Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Dynamic, sexy, and intense, especially perfect for baseball romance fans."
When Finn Castro, baseball's sexy bad boy, gets sent down to the Saint's minor league team to straighten out, he meets team administrator Eva Harlowe, who never, ever dates baseball players and isn't going to start with a troublemaker—no matter how tempting he is. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 11, 2012

"A formidable inquiry into why the marvels of nature and the distinctiveness of cultures are constantly imperiled."
A deep look at the human capacity for extinction twined with roamings to the far ends of the earth, from poet and fledgling natural historian Challenger (Galatea, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >