Search Results: "Monica Trasandes"


BOOK REVIEW

MONICA by Saunders Lewis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 1997

"But Lewis is also an obtrusive writer whose digressions and summaries both vitiate this novel's artfulness and make it unlikely that Monica will ever be seen as anything more than an unusually interesting period piece."
Monica ($17.95 paperback original; Oct. 31; 120 pp.; 1-85411-195-7): The first American edition of a once-notorious 1930 novel by eminent Welsh writer Lewis (18931985), whose only foray into prose fiction was this Bovary-an tale of an unhappy housewife sustained, then betrayed, by her overheated romantic imagination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BROKEN LIKE THIS by Monica Trasandes
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Uncertain in focus, uneven in pacing, Trasandes' novel's strength lies in its sensitive portrayal of complex emotional lives."
Relaxed, happy, driving with friends along a coastal road in Spain, Kate Harrington lies in the back seat, caressing the new life in her belly, while her friends laugh in the front seat. Suddenly, there is a truck ahead and then a crash. Read full book review >

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KILLING MONICA by Candace Bushnell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"The book's portrayal of Pandy feels both self-congratulatory and unintentionally unpleasant, the hostility toward male characters is virulent—the only good male in the book may not be one—and the sense of humor is nil."
Bushnell (One Fifth Avenue, 2008, etc.) is still playing her Sex and the City riffs in this self-referential sort-of satire about an author whose insanely popular fictional creation has taken over her life.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Keep Santa Monica Clean by Pasha Adam
Released: July 21, 2016

"A wildly entertaining take on Hollywood and the slime beneath the sparkle."
A Los Angeles noir novel shows readers a side of the city that they don't often allow themselves to see. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE BOOK OF BIG FEARS by Monica Arnaldo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Other than the opportunity to commiserate with the children in these pages (while, one hopes, not picking up any new fears along the way), there is little for kids to take away from this. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Arnaldo explores some of the fears young children experience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COLORS FOR ZENA by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2013

"Chipper and cartoony, but not fertile enough to tempt children to actually try mixing colors themselves. (color definitions, recommended activities) (Picture book. 2-5)"
This introduction to colors and color mixing is cheerful but antiseptic. Read full book review >

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PIZZA AT SALLY’S by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Good pizza is tailor made to bring out a smile, and Wellington gets that zestful pleasure just right. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Wellington likes to write and draw people at work: bakers, firefighters, farmers. Read full book review >

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CRÊPES BY SUZETTE by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"C'est bon for classroom use; comme ci, comme ca for art appreciation. (notes on the scenes and referenced paintings) (Picture book. 4-7)"
The title and cover set the stage, mood, and ambiance in this tour and homage to Paris, crêpes, and paintings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT CITY by Monica Wellington
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"The text imparts plenty of information, offering windows on new worlds for children; all the while the little girl sleeps, secure in her vital, vibrant home town. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A prose portrait of the city at night shows all the things that go on while a little girl sleeps. Read full book review >

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NIGHT HOUSE, BRIGHT HOUSE by Monica Wellington
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"To rave about typefaces and graphically tidy borders would detract from the original and compelling content. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a cavalcade of interior scenes and columns of precise rhymes, Wellington (Night Rabbits, 1995, etc.) once again finds that the wee hours are not so quiet for scampering nocturnal animals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT RABBITS by Monica Wellington
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1995

"Amid so many other titles full of drop-dead opulence, Wellington's simplicity is a stand-out. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A pair of plump white bunnies hop through their nocturnal pursuits—nibbling vegetables and berries from a farm, running from owls, raccoons, a red fox, a lumbering bear (all cuddly, non- threatening predators), and seeking shelter from a nighttime rainstorm. Read full book review >