Search Results: "Samantha Sotto"


BOOK REVIEW

BEFORE EVER AFTER by Samantha Sotto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Sotto's characters are flattened by the crush of history—a flaw that overshadows the cleverness of her conceit."
Though this debut has all the components of a summer treat—romantic European locales, tragedy across the centuries, a supernatural leading man—it fizzles in the telling. Read full book review >

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BABY BRIGHT by Samantha Meredith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"A genial and gentle offering for the youngest readers. (Board book. 0-1)"
Simple graphics in black, white, green, yellow and gold foil introduce babies to a variety of animals and objects. Read full book review >

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THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER AND FRIENDS by Samantha Meredith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Any small irritations will not bother the intended audience—very young children who need a sturdy collection of nursery rhymes that can be handled and read again and again. (Board book. 2-4)"
A first introduction to some of the best-known nursery rhymes, some shortened to fit the format. Read full book review >

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THE KING OF AMERICA by Samantha Gillison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2004

"Brooding, lyrical, and thoughtful, though the narrative, like Stephen himself, seems slightly distanced from the events it describes so eloquently."
The author of The Undiscovered Country (1998) delicately portrays an alienated scion of America's wealthiest family searching for spiritual solace in the earth's wildest places. Read full book review >

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A SKY FULL OF STARS by Samantha Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"A sweet romance that takes its time to court the reader: classic, thoughtful, and sometimes as lyrical as the stars."
An artist and an astronomer are brought together through admiration of the night sky's beauty. Read full book review >

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HOW TO MAKE A FRENCH FAMILY by Samantha Vérant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2017

"Those looking for a breezy read about a transplanted American in France may be satisfied, but the book dwells more on Vérant's personal life than on observations of the world around her."
A determinedly positive memoir about starting life over as mother to a family in southwestern France. Read full book review >

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BYRD & IGLOO by Samantha Seiple
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Man and dog versus nature is a good read, but this one needs better navigation. (index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Framing an explorer's expeditions from the viewpoint of a sidekick pet can engage readers, so long as the animal is not overly humanized. Read full book review >

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DEATH ON THE RIVER OF DOUBT by Samantha Seiple
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A stirring, suspenseful true story of dangerous adventure and remarkable survival. (photos, 'Teddy's Travel Tips,' timeline, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
In this true, thrilling adventure story, 55-year-old former president Theodore Roosevelt joins an expedition to explore an uncharted river deep in the Amazon jungle and barely makes it out alive. Read full book review >

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THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US by Samantha Young
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 27, 2017

"A coming-of-age journey that would be strong if only it starred a believable teen. (Fiction. 14-17)"
A poor California girl finds her world turned upside down when her mother marries into the Boston ultrarich. Read full book review >

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THE AMERICAN PAINTER EMMA DIAL by Samantha Peale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2009

"A more energetic, swiftly paced narrative would have strengthened this portrait of an artist coming into her own, but it's a promising first effort."
In Peale's debut, a young woman slowly disentangles herself from the famous artist she's been "assisting" by painting his canvases for seven years. Read full book review >