Search Results: "Nicole Ball"


BOOK REVIEW

LAND OF MANY COLORS and NANNA-YA by Maryse Conde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1999

"Both stories display narrative vigor and structural subtlety, but are argumentative and accusatory to a degree that severely limits their success in fictional terms."
Two early (1985) novellas by the Guadeloupian author of The Children of Segu (1989) and other fiction explicitly devoted to the struggles of Third World populations against their colonizers and oppressors. Read full book review >

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MARSEILLE NOIR by Cédric Fabre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Just as Marseille is tailor-made for noir, this dark banquet is tailor-made for noir fans."
Gritty from east to west, Marseille is the perfect venue for the latest in Akashic's venerable Noir series. Read full book review >

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GIRL POWER
by Leila Roy

Tourmaline nearly smiled. Who would have thought the ever notorious beauty queen Virginia Campbell was the kind to stick it out? The idea made a tiny knot in her chest, like she had been feeling lonely and hadn’t noticed until someone showed up.
Done Dirt Cheap, by Sarah Nicole Lemon

Tourmaline Harris and Virginia Campbell both just graduated from ...


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NEW IN MARCH 2017
by Leila Roy

There are HEAPS of books coming out this month, and I want to read a LOT of them.

Let’s take a look!

A Boy Called Bat, by Elana K. Arnold

I’ve already written about this treasure at length, but my love is such that I can’t let a single opportunity to recommend it pass me by. Buy it, read it ...


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BOOK REVIEW

'66 FRAMES by Gordon Ball
Released: April 1, 1999

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SERVING THE REICH by Philip Ball
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 2014

"How much did Nazism compromise its scientists? In this polished account, Ball finds that the jury is still out, even as the evidence mounts and the pursuit of firsthand records and documentary testimony continues."
An examination of the response of German scientists to the rise of the Third Reich and its interference with their work. Read full book review >

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THE HUMMINGBIRD HOUSE by Donna Ball
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2013

"An amusing, undemanding tale likely to warm readers' hearts."
The grand opening of a Virginia bed-and-breakfast is the setting for Ball's (High in Trial, 2013, etc.) latest novel full of comedy and sentiment. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 6, 2004

"Though copious with historical information—surprisingly relevant in light of current history—Ball (China Run, 2002, etc.) anchors it all in character. A winning combination."
Sweeping historical adventure culminates in the 16th-century Battle of Malta. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2006

"Often slow going, but worth the effort."
The life and times of Philip Theophrastus Bombast von Hohenheim, aka Paracelsus, the "father of modern medicine." Read full book review >

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LAVA by Pamela Ball
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"A probing tale of a woman scorned, Hawaiian-style, with a rich texturing of emotions, but also with historical (Captain Cook) and quasi-mythical (shark men) elements tacked on that are more affected than effective."
Passion, once cooled, undergoes irreversible changes—so runs the theme of Hawaii-born, Florida-based Ball's insightful if somewhat overextended debut. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Solid scientific history, entertainingly presented."
Having taken readers on a guided tour of molecules (Stories of the Invisible, 2001), Nature consultant editor Ball now turns his attention to the elements. Read full book review >

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WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE SOLOMONS by Bethany Ball
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Humor can't quite save this appealing novel that ends before it's fully begun."
An ambitious literary debut about an Israeli family and its oddball members. Read full book review >