Search Results: "Phyllis Alsdurf"


BOOK REVIEW

APRIL FOOL, PHYLLIS! by Susanna Leonard Hill
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"No fooling—here's a lighthearted romp that highlights an often overlooked holiday. (Picture book. 5-8)"
It's evident some things run in the family for the legendary Punxsutawney Phil's niece Phyllis. Read full book review >

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IT'S MILKING TIME by Phyllis Alsdurf
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2012

"It's a lovely, poetic picture. (Picture book. 4-7)"
On a Midwestern dairy farm, a young girl helps her father with the daily milking chores, leading their Holsteins to the barn, feeding the calves, shoveling manure and washing up. Read full book review >

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A BOY NAMED PHYLLIS by Frank DeCaro
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"While DeCaro can be an incisive observer, his book has about as much lasting resonance as one of his newspaper columns."
DeCaro, a humorist, newspaper columnist, and contributing editor of Martha Stewart Living, offers an insistently breezy memoir of growing up gay in New Jersey. Read full book review >

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BARTLEBY OF THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI by Phyllis Shalant
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"There are no interior illustrations, but the cover aptly conveys the final amiable relationship that is reached between Seezer and Bartleby when they realize they must put aside their opposite natures and work as a team to reach their final destination. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Shalant (The Great Eye, 1996, etc.) presents a delightful fantasy about a pet turtle named Bartleby who wants to return to his home in the Mississippi. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURES OF THE ARTIFICIAL WOMAN by Thomas Berger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2004

"Still, who wouldn't pay to hear Sinatra with the sniffles? It is Berger, and it's essential reading."
Berger's deliciously deadpan 23rd reworks the vein of satiric fantasy prominently displayed in such predecessors as Vital Parts (1970) and Regiment of Women (1973). Read full book review >

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MARRYING MOM by Olivia Goldsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 1996

"Some laughs and refreshing senior-citizen romance, but more like the outline for a TV sitcom than a novel. (Film rights to Paramount; Literary Guild Selection; $175,000 ad/promo; TV and radio satellite tours)"
Goldsmith follows The Bestseller (p. 768) with a light, contrived romance about a Jewish mother and her three unsettled children. Read full book review >

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MARTINI REGRETS by Phyllis  Smallman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"If you think the world that Sherri gets mixed up in doesn't seem very closely related to the rest of her life, you'll find big developments in this story that are bound to have lasting repercussions for this series—though they happen so quickly that readers may be left in shock."
Trying to keep mum after she's witnessed a crime does nothing to keep bar owner Sherri Travis out of trouble. Read full book review >

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THE JOURNAL KEEPER by Phyllis Theroux
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2010

"A journal that may grace enough night tables to assuage the author's avowed concerns about her bank balance."
A teacher and practitioner of creative writing gives the journal treatment to six years of her life. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"Readers can make up their own minds with the help of this evenhanded portrait."
Carefully considered, well-balanced biography of the controversial Japanese artist who created a stir in modernist Paris and was later vilified for his pro-fascist war paintings. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 2001

"For the woman who has recently joined the bereft sisterhood, reading Greene's book is akin to having someone to share a sigh and a knowing smile with."
A new widow shares her thoughts on matters large and small as she gradually adapts to being single after a lifetime as half of a couple. Read full book review >

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WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA HAM? by Phyllis Richman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 3, 2001

"Richman's prose is as sharp as ever, but like a novice waiter, she draws out the appetizer interminably, then presents the main course, the dessert, and the check only minutes before closing time."
No doubt about it: Ringo Laurenge, the Washington Examiner' s new business reporter, is having a corrosive effect on the once-collegial newsroom. Read full book review >

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MINDWORLDS by Phyllis Gotlieb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Gotlieb succeeds, resoundingly, in showing us how not one but several vibrantly detailed alien societies, whose individuals possess personalities and motives of real depth and conviction, clash, struggle, and attempt to prosper."
Independent, fully intelligible third and, seemingly—regrettably—last entry in Canadian Gotlieb's churning, splendid far-future, multispecies saga (Flesh and Gold, 1998; Violent Stars, 1999). Read full book review >