Search Results: "Nancy J. Hopper"


BOOK REVIEW

CASSANDRA--LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL! by Nancy J. Hopper
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1998

"Still, Hopper evokes the scenes of the city, and what the book lacks in credibility, it makes up for in sheer diversion. (Fiction. 10-13)"
An entertaining (and true, according to an author's note) story of a family that lives at Carnegie Hall in 1944, with the fighting of WWII far away. Read full book review >

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I WAS A FIFTH-GRADE ZEBRA by Nancy J. Hopper
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1993

"Still, it's a fun read that's bound to appeal to its target audience. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Hopper (The Queen of Put-Down, 1991) offers another light, humorous story focusing on the self-consciousness of preadolescence. Read full book review >

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THE INTERRUPTED EDUCATION OF HUEY B by Nancy J. Hopper
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1991

"A disappointing effort. (Fiction. 12+)"
During his last semester, Huey imperils his graduation by nearly destroying his hitherto exemplary school record. Read full book review >

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WHAT HAPPENED IN MR. FISHER'S ROOM by Nancy J. Hopper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Though the writing can be pedantic and clichÇ-laden, Hopper (I Was a Fifth-Grade Zebra, 1993, etc.) has composed a quick read with a convincing middle-school setting. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Lanie's eighth-grade science teacher, Mr. Fisher, is incompetent. Read full book review >

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THE FOOL'S PATH by Nancy J. Attwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 2005

"Although the fairy-tale machinery creaks, the lively backdrop of medieval manners and mores ensures a gratifying journey."
Romantic legend receives a solid grounding in social realism in this engaging historical melodrama, the first of a planned trilogy set in the imaginary 13th-century kingdom of Lothemia. Read full book review >

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PERMED TO DEATH by Nancy J. Cohen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Careless writing, romance novel dialogue, and a plot with more tangles than an uncombed perm: a less-than-compelling debut."
Hairstylist and salon owner Marla Shore knows it's going to be one of those days when Bertha Kravitz, the appointment she'd accommodatingly squeezed in first thing in the morning, drinks the coffee she also demands from Marla and drops dead. Read full book review >

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HANGING BY A HAIR by Nancy J. Cohen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 18, 2014

"Marla seems to have the learning curve of a slug, since, as of her 11th outing, she still hasn't figured out that accusing folks of murder will make some of them want to kill you."
A new home spells nothing but trouble for newlyweds Marla and Dalton Vail (Shear Murder, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"Though this collection suffers from a dense academic style and does not significantly build on Chodorow's previous work, it nonetheless provides a provocative reminder that these are complex issues and that humans, with their capacity for individual variation, are complicated subjects."
Feminist theorist Chodorow conducts a complex, uneven, though occasionally intriguing investigation of some of the more controversial aspects of Freud's (and others', from Klein to Lacan) work on sex, gender, and psychoanalysis. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KILLER KNOTS by Nancy J. Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"All the creme rinse in the world couldn't untangle this shaggy dog."
Overeating isn't the only danger when a Florida hairdresser and her fiancé take a Caribbean cruise. Read full book review >

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HAIR RAISER by Nancy J. Cohen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 5, 2000

"If you crave a charismatic heroine with a touch of Yiddishkeit, skip this one and pray for Marissa Piesman's return."
Cohen's follow-up to Permed to Death (1999) is about as echt hamishe, and as distinctive, as Levittown; although she uses (or misuses) a Yiddish phrase every ten pages or so, the standard-issue plot and characters could have been shipped to Marla Shore's Fort Lauderdale from any gutsy-girl-who-pokes-her-nose-where-it doesn't-belong-and-gets-herself-into-trouble-and-romance classic. Read full book review >

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A CASE OF SYRAH, SYRAH by Nancy J. Parra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Here's hoping any future Wine Country outings uncork the heroine's wit and downplay her grit. A trip from Get Advice to Ignore Advice to Now I'm in Trouble is no one's favorite itinerary."
The author of the Baker's Treat (Flourless to Stop Him, 2015, etc.) and Perfect Proposals (Newlywed Dead, 2016, etc.) series adds booze to her mix of food and love to kick off her Wine Country series. Read full book review >