Search Results: "Monique de Varennes"


BOOK REVIEW

THE JEWEL BOX BALLERINAS by Monique de Varennes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"A lovely story to share in which greed is mightily vanquished by joie de vivre. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A very rich, very indulgent woman cares so much for her material possessions, purchased only in quantities of two, that she has no love left for humanity. Read full book review >

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THE SUGAR CHILD by Monique de Varennes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Gore's pastel and acrylic paintings hold all the colors of marzipan and the translucence of sugar candy—a perfect foil for the tale's dulcet tenderness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A lovely original tale as told to the author by her mother holds echoes of traditional stories of transformation. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A poignant and powerful book. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
A respectful, unsentimental portrait of a village in Mali, and a moving story of a warm friendship between an American Peace Corps volunteer fresh out of college and a young Malian health worker. Read full book review >

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DE NIRO by Shawn Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"An impressive biography that will surely stand as the definitive De Niro volume."
The life and work of the legendary actor. Read full book review >

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DE GAULLE by Jean Lacouture
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"A leisurely biography that stints on explaining how de Gaulle worked his imperious will, but scores in detailing his evolution as a symbol of national unity and as a geopolitical realist. (Photographs.)"
Lacouture follows up his De Gaulle: The Rebel, 1890-1944 (1990) with another admiring volume, tracing how the triumphant leader of the Free French consolidated his position as the colossus bestriding his country's political institutions. Read full book review >

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DE-EXTINCTION by Rebecca E. Hirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"A staid but intellectually stimulating excursion across one of modern biology's most promising, and controversial, frontiers. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
"Extinction is essentially a one-way street. Or is it?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"He also devotes considerable space to a discussion of the nature of the magnificent sculptures of saints, sinners, and demons added to the exterior of the cathedral, and its stained-glass windows. (262 illustrations, including 138 in color)"
While art historian Erlande-Brandenburg's careful, vigorous study of the construction of one of the greatest medieval cathedrals and of the symbolic intentions of its architecture, sculpture, and stained glass, does not break new ground, it does offer a clear, useful review of Notre Dame's long history and importance. Read full book review >

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MEMORIAS DE UN CAMALEON by Miguel De La Cruz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2013

"A creative, evocative mix of stories."
A debut collection of short fiction, mostly in Spanish, addressing aspects of the Mexican and Mexican-American experiences. Read full book review >

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BANCO DE ALABAMA by John M Sloke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2016

"A sharp mystery with a bevy of complicated characters and puzzle pieces."
A private investigator trying to prove the innocence of a woman charged with murder in Mobile, Alabama, finds himself unwittingly caught in a conspiracy leading to further deaths in Sloke's (Sam and the O'Malley Brothers, 2013) thriller.Read full book review >

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CLAIRE DE LUNE by Christine Johnson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 18, 2010

"Claire is a sympathetic character, though her love interest seems too idealized and one-dimensional and the conclusion entirely too tidy—in the end, there is not much to set apart this reworking of a familiar idea. (Supernatural romance. 12 & up)"
An enjoyable if forgettable supernatural romance, this debut novel will be appreciated by teens who can't get enough of the genre. Read full book review >

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CATHERINE DE MEDICI by Leonie Frieda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 21, 2005

"Persuasive rehabilitation of Catherine, not as a nice woman, but as a shrewd leader who did what she had to."
Scholarly but lively biography of the Italian-born queen who ruled France as regent during 30 years of bitter religious warfare. Read full book review >

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RIO DE JANEIRO by Ruy Castro
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Fantastically successful travel propaganda."
An achingly seductive love letter to Brazil's most famous city. Read full book review >