Search Results: "Natasha Phan"


BOOK REVIEW

L.A. SON by Roy Choi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A bold account of how a professionally trained chef found his calling in the return to simpler, homestyle cooking that bridges cultures and appeals to everyday customers."
Street-wise, honest in its admission of trials and punctuated with vernacular swagger, Choi's debut pays tribute to family and his enduring fascination with the melting pot of Los Angeles. Read full book review >

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THE REEDUCATION OF CHERRY TRUONG by Aimee Phan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2012

"Phan's family saga has many riches, but it lacks the clear focus to become a standout debut."
In this multigenerational novel of the Vietnamese diasporas, a family is split between France and America, thanks to the secrets of their patriarch. Read full book review >

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WE SHOULD NEVER MEET by Aimee Phan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Many of the stories, especially those in Vietnam, read like thinly veiled journalism, but newcomer Phan's painfully damaged characters should pull the heartstrings of remembering Americans."
Eight stories shift between life in Vietnam before Operation Babylift, which evacuated some 2,000 Vietnamese orphans shortly before Saigon's fall, and life in the US for the orphans who grew up here. Read full book review >

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THE COURAGE OF CAT CAMPBELL by Natasha Lowe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A sweet choice for readers who prefer their fantasy thoughtful instead of action-packed. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
For years, Cat Campbell has dreamed of having magical powers like her great-great-grandmother Mabel and attending Ruthersfield Academy, "the only accredited school for magic in the country." Read full book review >

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THE FIX by Natasha Sinel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A powerful story of healing undermined by its central symbol. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A friendship with a troubled classmate helps Macy confront the childhood sexual trauma she's kept secret for years. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER F-WORD by Natasha Friend
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 7, 2017

"Those facing similar quests to find birth parents will find this story comforting. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Two teens that share a sperm donor go on a quest to find their father. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET DIARY OF LYDIA BENNET by Natasha Farrant
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Readers wanting a real taste of Austen won't find it, but it's a pleasant enough sojourn in her world regardless. (Historical fiction. 13-17)"
Farrant bravely takes on Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of the youngest Bennet sister. Read full book review >

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A COMMON DEATH by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 28, 1990

"Cooper, reportedly a best-selling author under another name, offers a mystery-tinged romance of objects, as well upholstered as Cressida's wonderful chair."
The murder of the minister of the Department of Old Age Pensions on Clapham Common disrupts the innocently romantic double life of DOAP Assistant Secretary for Finance. Read full book review >

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CREEPING IVY by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 4, 1999

Creeping Ivy ($23.95; Aug. 4; 352 pp.; 0-312-20520-1): Something different from the author of the seven British cozies starring civil servant/novelist Willow King (Sour Grapes, 1998, etc.): a thriller asking whether, when Antonia Weblock's daughter Charlotte disappears from the playground, it was really such a good idea for Antonia to call her cousin Trish Maguire, a barrister specializing in child-abuse cases, for help. Read full book review >

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DARK PRAYER by Natasha Mostert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"A brainy, fast-moving thriller about memory and identity."
Tasked with investigating a young woman who has forgotten her identity, a man uncovers connections to a secret society. Read full book review >

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SEASON OF THE WITCH by Natasha Mostert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 5, 2007

"Mostert manages it all quite impressively, concocting an intellectual puzzler that will keep the reader hooked, and guessing, until the final page."
Black cats, snakes, spiders, mystical signs and symbols and dangerous sex are skillfully stirred together in this brain-squeezing thriller from the South African-born author (The Midnight Side, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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PREY TO ALL by Natasha Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Like Trish's first case (Creeping Ivy, 1998): cool, literate, and just a bit twisty."
Trish Maguire's never had much to do with her dad, who abandoned her and her mum years ago and is now in the hospital fighting off the effects of a coronary. Read full book review >