Search Results: "Pearl Witherington Cornioley"


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CODE NAME PAULINE by Pearl Witherington Cornioley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"A gripping, true story of a courageous secret agent fighting behind enemy lines, as riveting as any work of historical fiction. (photographs, source notes, bibliography) (Memoir. 12-18)"
One of the most celebrated female World War II resistance fighters shares her remarkable, heroic story in this revealing chronicle of her experiences as a special agent for the British Special Operations Executive. Read full book review >

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THE SEVENTH BEGGAR by Pearl Abraham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2004

"A fascinating and scary tale that collapses under the weight of its own esoterica. Abraham (The Romance Reader, 1995, etc.) rambles maddeningly, and her account may be incomprehensible to any not well-versed in the arcana of Hasidic folklore and theology."
An unrelentingly recondite tale about a young Yeshiva scholar who comes to grief by delving too deeply into the stories of a Hasidic mystic. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN TALIBAN by Pearl Abraham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"Cutting away from John at the critical moment robs the reader of the opportunity to see his ideals and mettle truly tested, leaving only the ideological travelogue of a disengaged slacker."
A 19-year-old would-be mystic skims the surface of jihad, in Abraham's fourth (The Seventh Beggar, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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JUST WANNA TESTIFY by Pearl Cleage
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2011

"Vampy romp best appreciated by existing fans of the West End series."
Five sexy vampires show up in Atlanta, causing considerable consternation for local godfather Blue Hamilton and his wife Regina. Read full book review >

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SEEN IT ALL AND DONE THE REST by Pearl Cleage
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2008

"Good intentions, good politics and a spirited heroine can't salvage the paint-by-numbers plot."
Predictable tale of a woman going back home and helping her struggling community. Read full book review >

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LIBYRINTH by Pearl North
FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2009

"A bibliographic 'Guide to Quotations' nicely wraps up this book-lover's delight. (Science fiction. 12-15)"
This complex novel depicts the final conflict between major subcultures of an Earth colony long divorced from its origins. Read full book review >

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THE BOY FROM ILYSIES by Pearl North
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Background information is skillfully integrated into the plot in this clever, thought-provoking book that has appeal for fans of serious science fiction and fantasy. (Science fiction. 13-15)"
Taking up where Libyrinth (2009) left off, the spotlight of this sequel falls on Po and his difficulty adapting to the new culture rising from the life-changing Redemption. Read full book review >

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BURNING GROUND by Pearl Luke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Grim, overwrought first novel heavily freighted with satanic symbolism and dirty thoughts. Luke's concise, vivid style is very much at odds with her subject."
Seven seasons in a fire tower haven't done much for the fragile sanity of Percy Turner. Read full book review >

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THE POE SHADOW by Matthew Pearl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2006

"A few surprises aside, however, too little of substance happens, and Pearl's virtually bloodless characters never engage our interest. A disappointing successor to Pearl's terrific first novel."
The still-unexplained death of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) is the subject of the Cambridge, Mass., author's follow-up to his popular debut historical thriller, The Dante Club (2003). Read full book review >

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THE DANTE CLUB by Matthew Pearl
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 11, 2003

"Great fun figuring out whodunit and why: a devil of a time."
Ingenious use of details and motifs from the Divine Comedy, and a lively picture of the literary culture of post-bellum New England, distinguish this juicy debut historical mystery. Read full book review >

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THE TECHNOLOGISTS by Matthew Pearl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Of appeal to fans of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films, as well as aficionados of a good adventure layered with batteries, transformers and navigational tools."
Brains and technology battle evil in Pearl's (The Last Dickens, 2009, etc.) latest, an improbable but entertaining yarn of weird science. Read full book review >

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TILL YOU HEAR FROM ME by Pearl Cleage
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 2010

"Refusing to challenge her characters, Cleage (Seen It All and Done the Rest, 2008, etc.) undermines an exciting premise."
A charismatic minister's apostasy threatens his daughter's political ambitions. Read full book review >