Search Results: "Patty Gallinger"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The earnest tone of the stories, coupled with the author's respectful inclusion of the phrase 'peace be upon him' after mentioning any of the prophets, may be off-putting to some readers, but teachers, librarians, group leaders, and parents will find this a very useful resource. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Khan, a Canadian Muslim who has written about Afghanistan in The Roses in My Carpets (1998), now seeks to engage youngsters in learning about Islam and the everyday lives of Muslim children around the world for the purpose of teaching greater tolerance and understanding. Read full book review >

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ODDS by Patty Friedmann
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Vividly detailed settings fail to add weight to a schematic tragedy and a transparent cast."
A child's death, a husband's lies, and her own obsession with gambling force a young woman to gain her independence at last—in this thin celebration of hard-won maturity. Read full book review >

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SECONDHAND SMOKE by Patty Friedmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"All's well that ends well, maybe, but the route this tale takes to get there has some distinctly unpleasant turns."
With a bold beginning and a wet fizzle at the end, Friedmann's frustrating fourth (after Odds, 2000, etc.) is a tragiccomic jumble of frayed family nerves as a 70-year-old woman deals with the death of her husband and the loss of her house, while her kids try to decide how much they want to help. Read full book review >

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DIASPORADIC by Patty Seyburn
Released: Dec. 31, 1998

"Lighter verses, with suitable forms, praise the sublimity of New York City water or begrudge a friend her superior voice, but most of these resonant poems are God-centered, clear, and profound."
Selected by Molly Peacock for the 1997 Marianne Moore Prize, this impressive debut volume introduces a poet of remarkable versatility and intelligence: Seyburn's gentle wit and winning persona find inspiration in family history; her narratives and lyrics, with their varying lines, draw on her sense of Jewish identity and difference, whether as an assimilated midwestern girl, or in the voices of some lost women from the Bible. Read full book review >

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SOME BOYS by Patty Blount
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A largely sensitive treatment of an emotionally complex topic. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In an instructive and carefully drawn tale, Grace, who has been raped, develops a tentative relationship with Ian, a friend and teammate of her rapist. Read full book review >

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REINVENTING THE WOMAN by Patty Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 11, 2001

"Awash in self-help euphemisms, a tale of a battered woman regaining hope slips into a sudsy close."
A disappointing second effort from Rice (Somethin' Extra, 1999) that lacks the complex plot of the first. Read full book review >

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SWEET & CRAZY by Patty Dann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Dann writes with a light touch—perhaps too light: Her portrait of private grief and public fear is delicate but slow to unfold and far too tentative for most of the way. Still: a nice picture of small-town life in a global age."
Second-novelist Dann (Mermaid, 1986; a memoir, The Baby Boat, 1998) depicts a young widow trying to raise her son in small-town Ohio during the general panic that followed the September 11th attacks. Read full book review >

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THE BABY BOAT by Patty Dann
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"While this is a far from objective look at the perils and problems of adopting infants abroad, it is a moving and often startlingly honest personal record."
An anxious memoir of an older Manhattan couple's experience of adopting a Lithuanian child. Read full book review >

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A Village in the Fields by Patty Enrado
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2015

"Multilayered, empathetic, and touching account of a workingman's life."
In Enrado's debut novel, a retired Filipino farmworker looks back on his long and costly struggle for civil rights. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING HAMWEENIE by Patty Bowman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2012

"Clever and quirky, cat lovers will approve and understand, though others may be somewhat mystified. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This portrait of a pampered pet uses sly humor and illustrations with an old-fashioned feel to reveal a marmalade cat's essential feline nature. Read full book review >

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STAND TALL, MOLLY LOU MELON by Patty Lovell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Even if Molly Lou Melon's tale is a little too good to be true, she leaves readers with the feeling that anything can be accomplished if you are the best person you can be and make the most of your gifts. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Spunky Molly Lou Melon isn't going to let anything get in her way, including the fact that she is short, clutzy, buck-toothed, and has a voice like a frog. Read full book review >