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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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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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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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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LINCOLN'S SPYMASTER by Samantha Seiple
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"The absorbing subject matter will carry readers past design hiccups. (source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A Scottish immigrant who came to America on the run from the law established the agency that stopped an early plot against Abraham Lincoln and became the best known detective of his era. Read full book review >

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GHOSTS IN THE FOG by Samantha Seiple
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An enlightening account full of compelling stories of survival and perseverance. Pair this with Karen Hesse's fictional account, Aleutian Sparrow (2003). (sources, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A little-known story from World War II shows the unique role played by a small group of military personal and native civilians in a remote region of the county. Read full book review >

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THE STEPMOTHERS’ SUPPORT GROUP by Samantha Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 22, 2010

"Although Baker gives lip service to the needs of children and birth parents, her sympathies clearly lie with her self-absorbed stepmothers."
The title gives readers a clear idea what they'll find in British magazine editor Baker's first novel—chick-lit romance with kids thrown in. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 16, 2003

"Deeply satisfying account of a rotten crime solved by chemical sleuthing."
The expertly told story of a murder and a molecule. Read full book review >

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I KNOW I AM, BUT WHAT ARE YOU? by Samantha Bee
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

"The book will certainly please longtime fans, whether or not it attracts new ones."
A hit-and-miss debut collection of humorous essays from Daily Show correspondent Bee. Read full book review >