Search Results: "Patricia Zelver"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WONDERFUL TOWERS OF WATTS by Patricia Zelver
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"The book is sure to engender interest in his achievement. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-10)"
How the Italian immigrant Simon Rodia spent decades building the renowned towers next to his bungalow in ``a poor neighborhood that was half town, half country, outside the city limits of Los Angeles.'' The employee of a tile company, ``Old Sam'' used broken tile and bottles, mirrors, shells, and a miscellany of found objects to surface fantastical shapes, ``a lacy web of steel, covered with a skin of concrete.'' Though her simple narrative is short on such specifics as dates, Zelver conveys the wonder and mystery of his long labors, concluded at the age of 80. Read full book review >

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PATRICIA VON PLEASANTSQUIRREL by James Proimos
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Illustrated with simple cartoons in yellow, purple and gray, this tongue-in-cheek mini-epic will have parents and younger fans of Proimos' offbeat Johnny Mutton tales snickering. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Inspired by a certain children's classic about a "silly boy with no social graces" who becomes king of the Wild Things, snotty young Patricia decides to leave home in search of the princessdom she is sure that she deserves. Read full book review >

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THE SELECTED STORIES OF PATRICIA HIGHSMITH by Patricia Highsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

This massive tome reprints five of the seven complete collections of short stories by Highsmith (1921-95), together with a brief introduction by Graham Greene excerpted from a sixth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GRILLING SEASON by Diane Mott Davidson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"But the plot is labyrinthine and beyond belief Amiable, readable, forgettable."
Goldy Schulz, the catering queen of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, is once again embroiled in murder (The Main Corpse, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF NEEDY GIRLS by Patricia Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Bites off more than it can possibly chew, then—poof—makes it all go away in the last 20 pages."
When a 10-year-old boy is murdered and a high school teacher is accused of molesting a student, a small Massachusetts town is rocked to its ignorant core. Read full book review >

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THE RINGER by Jenny Shank
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2011

"Shank's first at-bat as a novelist is a hit."
Salvador Santillano dies on the shabby bedroom floor of a suspected drug lair, shot by Ed O'Fallon, a police officer: a by-the-book SWAT raid—at the wrong address. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 19, 2002

"Extraordinary people with extraordinary experiences—all expressed in leaden prose that drags to earth a story that should soar."
In language most hackneyed, a mother relates her daughter's struggle to survive pediatric HIV/AIDS and her emergence as a spokesperson for AIDS awareness. Read full book review >

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THE EDUCATION OF WILL by Patricia McConnell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"An uplifting story of hope about how both dogs and humans need 'a sense that they are not helpless victims.'"
How training an incorrigible puppy helped an internationally renowned animal behaviorist recover from "multiple traumas." Read full book review >

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TRYIN' TO SLEEP IN THE BED YOU MADE by Virginia DeBerry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 1997

"Not as literary as Gloria Naylor, this sisterhood-is-powerful first novel seems a natural for Oprah's Book Club. (Author tour)"
A sprawling, melodramatic debut ``by and about best friends'' that has enough plot twists and surprises for a season of soap operas. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2011

"Well-intentioned, but nowhere near the deepest read on the shelf."
Davis (Harlot's Sauce, 2008) gives cheerful advice for young women. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Occasionally disjointed, but readers will quite likely be both charmed and educated by these dedicated, candid, brilliant women."
Two generations of civil-rights insights from an activist in her 60s and her daughter, a newspaper reporter turned novelist (The Living Blood, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Reminiscent of the best of Jo Walton and Nina Kiriki Hoffman."
Will science or magic save our world and all the living beings on it? That's the question posed in this science fantasy love story by the editor-in-chief of online geek mecca io9.com (Choir Boy, 2005).Read full book review >