Search Results: "Michelle Wan"


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DEADLY SLIPPER by Michelle Wan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 19, 2005

"Begins better than it ends, but the cast—quirky, colorful and appealing—is worth the price. A promising first effort."
Debut thriller about orchids to kill for. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 11, 2006

"The orchid lore slows the pace, but Wan's pair of charming neurotics keep the pages turning."
In the Dordogne region of southwestern France, winemaking flourishes alongside murder most foul. Read full book review >

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A TWIST OF ORCHIDS by Michelle Wan
MYSTERY THRILLER

"Charming, with a few grisly bits. Anyone who has ever been intimidated into cleaning up before the cleaning help arrives will smile at the Mara-Julian housekeeping arrangements, and hobbyists will well understand Julian's continuing passion for orchids (The Orchid Shroud, 2006, etc.)."
Finding corpses turns out to be easier than sighting the rare Cypripedium incognitum. Read full book review >

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MICHELLE OBAMA by Peter Slevin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Slevin delivers a somewhat fawning portrait, but when necessary, he is willing to criticize and reveal his subject's missteps."
A Chicago-based journalist probes the fortunate yet humble upbringing of the first lady and, in a tedious refrain, her effective blackness. Read full book review >

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THE YOUNG WAN by Brendan O’Carroll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Likable, yet a disappointment: an awkward story that seems patched together from spare bits of the previous trilogy."
Prequel to O'Carroll's Agnes Browne trilogy (The Granny, 200, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"While writing about the first lady, most of these perceptive essayists are also writing about themselves and their country, showing the shifts in perception and possibility that she has helped inspire."
A collection of essays that genuflect before a first lady like no other. Read full book review >

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MICHELLE CARTLIDGE'S BOOK OF WORDS by Michelle Cartlidge
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"The only surprises here are disappointing. (Fiction/Picture book. 2-6)"
In this standard word book from Cartlidge (A Mouses's Diary, 1982, etc.), a family of mice are followed through some typical events: getting dressed, going to school, shopping, attending a birthday party for Brother Mouse. Read full book review >

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WAN HU IS IN THE STARS by Jennifer Armstrong
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"The quiet, unforced poetry of this tale teaches a valuable lesson in the power of yearning. (Picture book/folklore. 5+)"
As in Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat (1993), Armstrong uses her knowledge of Chinese lore to create a transcendent fable. Read full book review >

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THE WHALE IN MY SWIMMING POOL by Joyce Wan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Both very silly and very appealing. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A little boy of pleasingly indeterminate ethnicity goes out to his little backyard inflatable pool to find a whale in it. Read full book review >

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YOU ARE MY PUMPKIN by Joyce Wan
Released: June 28, 2016

"While this is not an essential purchase, most little pumpkins will love being told, 'Baby, I'm batty for you!' (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Young children won't understand the metaphors but will appreciate the sentiment made clear by the repeated, Halloween-themed declarations of love in Wan's latest board book. Read full book review >

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PEEK-A-BOO FARM by Joyce Wan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"In all, a charming introduction to the familiar animals of the farm for youngsters. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
A "guess who" game for very young children introduces seven animals they might meet on a farm. Read full book review >