Search Results: "Nancy Woodruff"


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SHARDS by Allison Moore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"An addition to the world of addiction literature worth reading, full of grim reality that thankfully never crosses the line into gratuitous territory."
An honest, introspective account of a vice cop's methamphetamine addiction. Read full book review >

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SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD by Nancy Woodruff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2000

"A quiet and unpretentious debut with almost perfect emotional pitch."
A moving story of guilt and loss that intelligently details the effects on a community of an accident in which two teenagers are killed while the driver escapes unscathed. Read full book review >

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MY WIFE’S AFFAIR by Nancy Woodruff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2010

"A slight story, thinly characterized, but narrated with some poise."
Three people in a previously happy marriage, but why? Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Woodruff combines swift pacing, historical detail (Harriet Tubman makes an appearance), humor, suffering, depth, and precise characterizations, for wholly satisfying page turner. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Readers don't have to have read Dear Levi (not reviewed) to enjoy this sequel, a gripping historical novel that covers two boys' journeys from innocence to manhood. Read full book review >

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EMERSON BARKS by Liza Woodruff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"While Emerson is an appealing character, Jules Feiffer's Bark, George (1999) remains the clear choice in accounts of caterwauling canines. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A tiny, gray dog with a loud, annoying bark tries to stop bothering his neighbors. Read full book review >

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FEARLESS by Elvira Woodruff
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"Winstanley was a fascinating individual who doesn't get his due here, but Digory, despite his continual fretting, is a protagonist who actually seems to be his given age, and there's enough natural and human drama to carry readers along. (afterword, map) (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Woodruff spins a labored but engrossing tale around a lighthouse, its builder and a cataclysmic storm—all three drawn from history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"An enlightening reminder of lofty—and, alas, elusive—ideals."
A treatise on the roots of democracy, mixed with a few prescriptions for what the author believes to be ailing US politics today. Read full book review >

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THE MEMORY COAT by Elvira Woodruff
Released: March 1, 1999

"Woodruff (The Orphan of Ellis Island, 1997, etc.) includes information about on her inspiration for this book, the atrocities of life in Russia, and the history of Ellis Island since its opening in 1892. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Through the experiences of two children, Rachel and her orphaned cousin Grisha, readers learn why Russian-Jewish families fled to America for refuge at the turn of the century, the arduous 14-day journey they faced on the ocean, and the critical physical inspections that occurred at Ellis Island that could determine their futures. Read full book review >

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REVERENCE by Paul Woodruff
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Well-intended and often edifying, but also stodgy and pedantic."
A classical scholar's tutorial on reverence, toggling between ancient Greek and Chinese teachings and modern life to offer wisdom from the back of the bleachers in the virtue-ethics arena. Read full book review >

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THOSE WE LOVE MOST by Lee Woodruff
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Earnest and life-affirming, but a bit too tame."
A year in the life of a family that suffers a tragic loss. Read full book review >

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THE CHRISTMAS DOLL by Elvira Woodruff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

Imagine that 150 years ago, Charles Dickens decided to write a book just for little girls: a touching tale of not one but two deserving orphans, runaways from the workhouse who are starving in the teaming streets of Victorian London. Read full book review >

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THE MAGNIFICENT MUMMY MAKER by Elvira Woodruff
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"McMullan's Under the Mummy's Spell, 1993). (Fiction. 9-11)"
Saddled with a boastful stepbrother he dubs ``Mr. Gifted,'' Andy's self-esteem has evaporated until he touches a mummy case. Read full book review >