Search Results: "Nina Burleigh"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Burleigh's propulsive narrative and the many unsettling aspects of the case make this a standout among recent true-crime titles."
Powerful assessment of a tragic crime and its disastrous aftermath. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 12, 1998

"Another 'I Slept With JFK' scenario, disingenuously and pretentiously veiled as the story of a 'woman on a quest.' (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The most riveting personality in this thin biography by freelance writer Burleigh is not its murdered subject, Georgetown socialite Mary Meyer, but instead the lawyer who successfully defended the murder suspect. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 27, 2007

"Timely, but disappointingly superficial."
A breathless account of the French invasion of Egypt in 1798. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"The dabbling Smithson isn't much of a rudder for a biography, and authorial enthusiasm never overcomes the handicap."
Amassed from scant source material, this inescapably forced attempt to make something of the life of the Smithsonian Institution's founder underscores the peculiar nature of the institution's origins. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A dramatic narrative, though its coverage of such a wide field makes it occasionally reductive."
People staff writer Burleigh (Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt, 2007, etc.) digs into the burgeoning trade in fraudulent religious relics, warning readers not to be too trusting. Read full book review >

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NINA: ADOLESCENCE by Amy Hassinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2003

"Affecting, but lacking real teeth."
A grieving mother uses her daughter as an artistic muse, complicating and ultimately destroying the girl's vulnerable adolescence: an achingly straightforward debut set in the Boston suburbs. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS NINA by Michel Rodrique
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2013

"Middle schoolers saddled with mean girls of their own will glory in this one's comeuppance. It wouldn't be such a bad thing to have personal fairies to help with homework, either. (Graphic fantasy. 8-10)"
Trapped in a textbook, Nina, a purple-haired Everygirl, and her turquoise-tressed fairy friend, Sibyl, take an impromptu tour through history. Read full book review >

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WHEREVER NINA LIES by Lynn Weingarten
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Sibling loyalty, quirky characters, misplaced trust and the very questionable kindness of a stranger guarantee a riveting read. (Mystery. 14 & up)"
In this gripping debut novel, a compulsive cross-country quest for her missing older sister leads 16-year-old Ellie to the terrifying truth. Read full book review >

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THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF NINA FINDLAY by Andrea Gillies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"In this middle-aged love triangle, the points take a while to connect."
Through the lens of a failed marriage and a lost love, a flawed but appealing woman recovers her health while dissecting her complicated relationships. Read full book review >

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NINA IN THAT MAKES ME MAD by Steven Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"A little parental TLC finally calms the storm, as it usually does. (Graphic early reader. 6-8)"
A young child presents a catalogue of timeless irritations and injustices in a 1976 outing with art and text lightly massaged and reformatted for newly independent readers. Read full book review >

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THE DAY NINA SIMONE STOPPED SINGING by Darina Al-Joundi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2011

"A pitiless, steely narrative, alternately heartbreaking and compelling."
The story of one woman's reckless and liberated adolescence in the brutal atmosphere of 1970s and '80s Beirut. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"The first in what promises to be a solid middle-grade series in the tradition of Encyclopedia Brown. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A mystery at the museum is the perfect case for an aspiring fourth-grade detective. Read full book review >