Search Results: "Pamela Mayer"


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THE GRANDMA CURE by Pamela Mayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A middling story with a gentle lesson, though a bit too sophisticated for the low end of its target audience. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Squabbling grandmothers remind sick-in-bed Becky of her kindergarten classmates. Read full book review >

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THE SCARIEST MONSTER IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD by Pamela Mayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Will appeal to monsters everywhere. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Thea Dewhickey's parents might be a couple of potato-heads, but they are also overachievers of the worst type: They overachieve for their daughter. Read full book review >

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DON'T SNEEZE AT THE WEDDING by Pamela Mayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"The punch line is still funny. Anna manages to keep her sneeze hidden from the wedding guests. But readers may feel they've had twice as much story as they really needed. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
This is two books in one, but it's not as much of a bargain as it sounds like. Read full book review >

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CHICKEN SOUP, CHICKEN SOUP by Pamela Mayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"The story may a little obvious, but the good feelings (and good tastes) that it brings to mind are cooked just right for families like Sophie's—and everyone else—to enjoy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Lucky is the child who gets to savor two different kinds of chicken soup made by her two grandmothers. Read full book review >

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TOO MANY DINOSAURS by Mercer Mayer
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Eye candy for dinosaur fans, with piles of yard-sale goods and other junk on hand that will reward closer looks. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The plot doesn't exactly make sense, but that hardly matters when the pictures show a suburban neighborhood suddenly overrun with humongous dinosaurs. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: PAMELA HAAG
by Alexia Nader

What does a haunted house in California have to do with gun control? This question animates Pamela Haag’s newest book, The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture, a history of the gun business in the late 19th century focused on the Winchester family. Haag shows this history as two interrelated stories, represented respectively in the ...


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PAMELA PAUL
by Claiborne Smith

Readers who know Pamela Paul’s books before she became the editor of the New York Times Book Review know that they are serious works of nonfiction: The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony (2002), Pornified: How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families (2005), and Parenting, Inc.: How the Billion-Dollar Baby Business Has Changed the Way ...


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BOOK REVIEW

EYES IN THE MIRROR by Julia Mayer
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Ultimately, this average debut effort never rises above the masses in either overcrowded genre. (Paranormal/reality fiction. 12 & up)"
Stoned, Dee's attractive male friend Jamie suggests the existence of an alternate universe, and later the 16-year-old finds it by stepping through a mirror. Read full book review >

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SPIRIT'S PATH by Lisi Mayer
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"An expansive, uneven work that would benefit from a narrower focus."
Through the character of Karla, debut author Mayer chronicles her life, from a traumatic childhood in Austria through her retirement from successful psychiatry practice in the United States. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 1998

"This definitive biography is, like its subject matter, unabashed and eloquent, though too loquacious for casual readers."
A meticulously researched and original biography of the firebrand American abolitionist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"As most of the dire visions and passages have been de-emphasized, this isn't exactly a balanced view, but what remains are expressions of tough love, and hope, that may be balm for troubled readers in troubled times. (Source list) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Mayer follows up Seeing Jesus In His Own Words (2002) with a similarly sumptuous return to the previous Testament, profiling 20 prophets and characterizing their messages on spreads bordered by wide, parchment-patterned bands and illustrated with European religious art from the last dozen or so centuries. Read full book review >