Search Results: "Patty Lovell"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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THE AMAZING HAMWEENIE ESCAPES! by Patty Bowman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2015

"His owner's gift of a top hat and cape that exactly match the ones he's lost along the way gives the narrative a circular feel that seems quite fitting for this repetitive outing. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Hamweenie the marmalade cat makes good on his desire to escape the confines of his everyday life. Read full book review >

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THE OPIUM WAR by Julia Lovell
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"An astute, bracing history lesson on a conflict that set off the British notion of 'yellow peril' and Chinese victimhood."
The story of "the extraordinary war that has been haunting Sino-Western relations for almost two centuries." Read full book review >

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TMI by Patty Blount
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Relentlessly melodramatic. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A conflict over a mysterious boy met on the Internet leads two best friends into a fight, both online and offline. Read full book review >

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SOMETHIN' EXTRA by Patty Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Occasional clichÇs and repetitions detract from what could have been a wholly successful debut."
A first novel with all arrows pointing to predictability offers, instead, a few surprisingly fresh looks at the consequences of an adulterous affair. 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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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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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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FIRE IN THE CANES by Glenville Lovell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 1995

"A promising debut, entertaining if somewhat self-conscious in craft."
A spirited tale of the post-slavery West Indies from first- novelist Lovell, a playwright-dancer and Barbadian native now living in Brooklyn. Read full book review >

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LOVE AND DEATH IN BROOKLYN by Glenville Lovell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Over-the-top prose plus overheated plot plus oversexed characters equals one guilty pleasure."
A former cop probes the shooting death of a charismatic city councilman. Read full book review >

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SONG OF NIGHT by Glenville Lovell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 1998

"Despite some fine passages, generally overwritten and overwrought."
From a Caribbean-born writer (Fire in the Canes, 1997), a maudlin tale of a passionate woman whose strong emotions eventually lead to tragedy. Read full book review >