Search Results: "Robert Swan"


BOOK REVIEW

SWAN by Frances Mayes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Pralines in a bed of melting homemade ice cream. Not a trace of humor."
Popular palazzo-renovator Mayes (Bella Tuscany, 1999, etc.) sets aside a bowl of perfectly sun-ripened pomodori to rest for a while, picks up her hefty, beautifully balanced penna, and has a go at a romanzo. Can't be too hard, can it? Read full book review >

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SWAN by Laurel Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Young ballet lovers will be smitten with the story. (author's note, bibliography, quotation sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
A poor Russian girl enchants the world with her romantic ballet performances. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACK SWAN by Chris Knopf
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2011

"Reliable, predictable thrills that don't shame Knopf's growing reputation but won't advance it either."
Despite its title, Sam Acquillo's fifth adventure has nothing to do with the movies (Hard Stop, 2009, etc.)—at least not movies about high-strung, overworked ballerinas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 27, 2009

"An admirable mixture of death-defying polar treks and environmental awareness."
An earnest, cheerful memoir by an intrepid adventurer, the first to walk to both the North and South Poles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COSMIC SWAN by Bill Copeland
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 27, 2009

"Well-written, with a unique cosmic and spiritual dimension."
A geologist investigating strange tectonic phenomena discovers a mind-blowing secret under a mountain in Tibet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE SWAN by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"A successful introduction. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
This elegantly simple and informative story chronicles a year in the life of a family of trumpeter swans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2006

"Too bad, as the language and characterizations are vivid and rich. (author's notes) (Fiction. 10-14)"
A promising first novel falls utterly to pieces about halfway through. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHITE SWAN, BLACK SWAN by Adrienne Sharp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2001

"A well-accomplished if downbeat debut."
Luminous debut collection by a former dancer with the Harkness Ballet in New York: a somber tour of the "kingdom of the dance" where bodies, loves, and lives are sacrificed to an art that often seems more punishment than reward. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWAN LUKA by Janet Berliner
Released: Dec. 20, 2012

"An effective novel designed to introduce young readers to a new culture."
Berliner's novel introduces older children to the culture and problems of modern Zimbabwe but leaves them with hope for the future. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWAN PEAK by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 8, 2008

"Like all Dave's adventures, a tale of violent conflict whose deepest violence boils inside the heroes."
On leave from his job as sheriff's deputy in New Iberia, La., Dave Robicheaux learns that people in Montana's Big Sky country are as swaggering and venal as anyone in the Big Easy. Read full book review >