Search Results: "Michelle Huneven"


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OFF COURSE by Michelle Huneven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Sensitive, reflective and uncomfortably true to life, with a wonderfully rich cast of supporting characters."
An extended, excruciating romance with a married man derails a California graduate student in Huneven's latest (Blame, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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JAMESLAND by Michelle Huneven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"Still, Jamesland meanders agreeably, and gets better as it goes along. Another charmer from a gifted and very likable writer."
Interpreting the past and managing the future absorb the energies of four unconventional souls in this amiably loose-jointed second from Huneven (Round Rock, 1997). Read full book review >

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BLAME by Michelle Huneven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2009

"Grace, insight and seemingly effortless narration distract from the odd pacing and sometimes meandering progress of this empathetic tale."
Huneven (Jamesland, 2003, etc.) tracks a 20-year-old burden of guilt with supple technique. Read full book review >

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ROUND ROCK by Michelle Huneven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"Long, slow, intelligent, and humane (not to mention filled with high expertise about alcoholism), Huneven's first offers an honest and compelling allure."
Huneven appears on the scene with a California-set and deftly managed melodrama about life, love—and alcoholism. Read full book review >

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CONFESSIONS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND by Michelle Cuevas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Though the writing is clever and there are plenty of amusing incidents included, life lessons and existential truths overwhelm everything, suggesting that the audience for this uneasy amalgam of whimsy and wisdom will be small. (Fiction. 8-10)"
An imaginary friend who yearns to be real learns about life along with the children who conjure him up in a variety of guises. Read full book review >

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THE TALENT SHOW by Michelle Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"An author's note detailing more strategies for overcoming stage fright follows the text. (Easy reader. 6-9)"
Jackson Magnet School is having a talent show and Howardina Geraldina Paulina Maxina Gardenia Smith is determined to be the star. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"An attractive title for display or reading, this should have a wide audience. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
An alphabet of dolls from many countries and time periods displays each with a handsome full-page photograph accompanied by a brief description. Read full book review >

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ALEF-BET by Michelle Edwards
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 15, 1992

"Hebrew words—ice cream, airplane—have been made from ancient words, but without further elucidation), a notably cheerful first introduction. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
In exuberant illustrations with vibrant colors vigorously defined by agile, rough lines, Edwards depicts an endearingly ordinary family engaged in everyday activities—helping Dad with the laundry, imaginative play, outings—with the oldest of three children taking part in everything from his wheelchair. Read full book review >

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BLESSED ARE YOU by Michelle Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 1993

"These vigorously limned, unabashedly homely kids might be cousins of the ones in Edwards's Alef-bet (1992); again, the bright, harmonious colors and the warmth and energy of the design bespeak a productive, loving, and devout family. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 2-8)"
Thirteen brief prayers in Edwards's translations, which she uses with her own children, plus the original Hebrew and a transliteration, all appearing on versos elaborately bordered with a vine-like motif that echoes the Hebrew script and also incorporates appropriate symbols—e.g., for the prayer beginning, ``God, grant us peace and goodness,'' Edwards includes a dove, a rainbow, and a menorah. Read full book review >

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PRETENDING TO BE ERICA by Michelle Painchaud
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 21, 2015

"A thriller premise with a satisfying shades-of-gray resolution. (Suspense. 14-17)"
Raised up by her foster father to become the world's best con artist, Violet's disguised as a girl who's both very rich and very dead. Read full book review >

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NOT AFTER EVERYTHING by Michelle Levy
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Raw and unforgettable. (Fiction. 14-18)"
"I wish they would all stop tiptoeing around me just because my mom offed herself over the summer." Read full book review >

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PROMISES I MADE by Michelle Zink
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Riveting. (Thriller. 12-18)"
In this sequel to Lies I Told (2014), Grace tries to atone for the major theft she helped her adoptive parents commit.Read full book review >