Search Results: "Renee Kurilla"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PICKWICKS' PICNIC by Carol Brendler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A family romp that demonstrates what a positive attitude and a bit of resourcefulness can accomplish in less-than-ideal circumstances. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A family of dogs escapes the heat of the city for a picnic by the shore, if they can only get through the traffic. Read full book review >

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ORANGUTANKA by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"Listeners aping big sister's dance will hoot for a repeat. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Follow an orangutan family through a day in the wildlife refuge. Read full book review >

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ZEBRAFISH by Sharon Emerson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

"Cardboard. (Graphic fiction. 9-12)"
Zebrafish, the plucky band of do-gooder musical misfits, returns in a sophomore offering ready for a summer of camp, video games, first jobs and art. Read full book review >

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ZEBRAFISH by Sharon Emerson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 4, 2010

"An odd and stultifying mixture of bland and saccharine. (Graphic fiction. 9-12)"
Created by Peter H. Reynolds's media studio, FableVision, this heavy-handed graphic novel depicts a predictably multicultural bunch that starts a band and works despite their differences. Read full book review >

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J159 by Renee Logan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2017

"A bizarre but utterly appealing fusion of dystopian tale and courtroom drama."
A man isolated from the world in a new jury system slowly learns that the innovation may be criminal in this thriller. Read full book review >

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RONALD REAGAN by Renee Schwartzberg
Released: Dec. 7, 1990

A harsh view of Reagan and his career: Not particularly gifted intellectually, Reagan found success as a Hollywood actor, as a spokesman for GE, and later as a politician—accomplishments seen here as the product of a malleable personality and an excellent memory (which failed him, the author ironically points out, when he testified in the Poindexter trial—as it had 28 years earlier in a Justice Department investigation of his talent agency, MCA). Read full book review >

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THE SILENT JOURNEY OF A SINGLE WOMAN by Renee Harris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 28, 2014

"A well-meaning but inarticulate self-help book."
Harris offers new approaches to being single in this debut memoir and advice guide. Read full book review >

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DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Renee Patrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A brightly written tale of how Hollywood simmered while Atlanta, or at least David Selznick's simulation of it, burned. Patrick not only provides walk-ons for Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, Hedy Lamarr, Greta Garbo, Errol Flynn, Dorothy Parker, and Leni Riefenstahl, but actually furnishes something for most of them to do."
The closing days of 1938 bring a second case to failed actress-turned-shopgirl-turned-Hollywood social secretary Lillian Frost. Read full book review >

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DESIGN FOR DYING by Renee Patrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Although the serenely levelheaded costumer designer gets to solve the mystery, Patrick often keeps her under wraps, and even the cameos by Gracie Allen, Bob Hope, Barbara Stanwyck, and Preston Sturges aren't an adequate substitute. Here's hoping the promised series will redress the balance."
Patrick, a fig-leaf pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team, debuts with a tale that entangles not-yet-famed costume designer Edith Head in a case of Hollywood murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2015

"A comprehensive, authoritative, and well-organized manual for boosting productivity through coaching.
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A Fortune 500 executive-turned-consultant looks at how to implement coaching programs inside professional organizations. Read full book review >

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RELIC  by Renee Collins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Simplistic characters undermine an exciting, creative fantasy world. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Plot trumps characterization in this Wild West fantasy. Read full book review >