Search Results: "Melodie Johnson Howe"


BOOK REVIEW

HOLD A SCORPION by Melodie Johnson Howe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Howe (City of Mirrors, 2013, etc.) sets her story in Tinseltown, but her characters lack the pop of classic Hollywood despite hints throughout at her ability to do more."
An aging actress turns amateur investigator after word gets out that she knows more than she's telling about the pedestrian victim of a car accident. Read full book review >

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BEAUTY DIES by Melodie Johnson Howe
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Brash, bubbly, and fearless, a long-overdue sequel to Claire and Maggie's debut (The Mother Shadow, 1989)."
While visiting New York City, Claire Conrad, the distaff Nero Wolfe wannabe whose entourage includes an amanuensis named Maggie Hill, a butler named Boulton, and a limo named Bentley, is buttonholed by Jacqueline Kennedy Murphy, an exotic dancer who talks her way into Claire's hotel suite with a wild story about how the late, legendary model Cybella hasn't killed herself. Read full book review >

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CITY OF MIRRORS by Melodie Johnson Howe
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 2013

"Howe (Beauty Dies, 1994, etc.) creates a Hollywood where no one can be trusted, with much of the action taking the form of mob-rooted violence."
The powerful father of a young leading lady motivates an older actress to stretch her talents to investigating. Read full book review >

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THE GODDAUGHTER CAPER by Melodie Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"This caper from Campbell is just that: ridiculous relatives running around and covering up crime after crime. A good read if you don't take it too seriously."
Leaving a life of crime isn't easy when your kooky mob family keeps inundating you with the dead. Read full book review >

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THE SCRIBE OF SIENA by Melodie Winawer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"The realities of day-to-day existence in 1340s Europe are so viscerally represented that readers will readily accept the fanciful premise."
A New York neurosurgeon finds herself in medieval Siena facing a career change, plague, and true love. Read full book review >

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A VOICE STILL HEARD by Irving Howe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"This important collection allows a new generation of readers to hear Howe's uncompromising voice."
Prescient and passionate critiques of American politics and culture from one of the 20th century's most important critics. Read full book review >

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BOOK REVIEW

MY LOST AND FOUND LIFE by Melodie Bowsher
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"For a better take on the glitzier side of an absentee parent, try Michael Simmons's Finding Lubchenko (2005), or Martha Brooks's True Confessions of a Heartless Girl (2003) for finding a new 'family' in unexpected places. (Fiction. YA)"
The travails of a suddenly poor little rich girl fail to sparkle. Read full book review >

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ADDIE ON THE INSIDE by James Howe
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 26, 2011

"Readers will agree when, in the triumphant final poem, an assured Addie proclaims: 'I am a girl who knows enough / to know this life is mine.' (author's note) (Verse novel. 11-14)"
In this companion novel, Howe explores the interior life of the most outspoken member of the "Gang of Five" from The Misfits and Totally Joe (2001, 2005). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Focus on change and growth gives strength to this offering. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Just as 13 is an age with agonies and ecstasies, this collection ranges from the trivial to the powerful. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1999

"The message is no secret, but getting there is a barrel of fun, thanks to snap-happy acrylic and collage art with its three mouse gallivants and their gleefully expressive faces. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An auspicious debut for illustrator Walrod, whose hilarious characterizations of three mice friends enliven Howe's jocular plot that pokes fun at boys-only and girls-only clubs. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Still, it's a spirited story, and readers will look forward to the likely sequels. (Fantasy. 11 & up)"
Noah Sark is on assignment, for Heaven's sake! Read full book review >