Search Results: "Sandy Balfour"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A thin piece that too often reads like a press release."
Television journalist Balfour (Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8), 2003) paints a laudatory portrait of the nursing profession, briefly sketches a public hospital in perpetual financial crisis, and looks grimly at the society it serves. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2003

"A parallel that might have seemed meretricious instead gives pleasing structure and metaphor to a witty, literate, and lucid memoir."
A journalist's demanding, exasperating life on the move finds a kissing cousin in the world of crosswords, one informing the other as he tackles each new development on the road or on the puzzle page. Read full book review >

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GROW UP by Sandy Turner
by Sandy Turner, illustrated by Sandy Turner
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"He also gives suggested ages as 4-88, which says it all. (Picture book. 4+)"
"What are you going to be when you grow up?" is the question that kicks off this career-minded frolic and what follows is one boy's epic response. Read full book review >

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A GIRAFFE ON THE MOON by Sandy Nightingale
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"The carefully designed illustrations are a pleasure; the concluding surprise is sure to delight the picture book audience. (Picture book. 3-6)"
At first glance, this American debut by a skillful British painter looks like a rather pointless collection of incongruities (``I didn't expect to see...a snowman on a very hot day...an elephant in a salad sandwich,'' etc.), even though the scenes are amusingly contrived and the attractive borders, composed of items that are (or might have been) in the illustrations, provide a matching game plus much to discuss. Read full book review >

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A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT by Sandy Hall
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A little something puerile, amateurish and flat. (Romance. 15-19)"
Hall's debut is the inaugural release from Swoon Reads, a crowdsourced imprint of Macmillan. Read full book review >

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SANDY DENNIS by Sandy Dennis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 27, 1997

"Despite the editor's best efforts to weld these disparate fragments together, they never really cohere into anything more than a series of precious, pointillist moments. (23 b&w photos, not seen)"
Sometimes there are pressing reasons to publish a work posthumously. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1994

"Although there is much of interest here and the pieces appear to be in the words of those interviewed, the fact that Johnson says nothing about her methods in gathering and recording the stories should make readers wary."
An amateur ethnographer's attempt at recording the life stories of various aged Native Americans. Read full book review >

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THE ROSEWOOD BOOK CLUB by Sandy Vassallo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2013

"An amiable, easygoing novel of friendship."
The latest novel from Vassallo (Henry Maxwell's Gift, 2008, etc.) explores the lives and relationships of nine friends in a close-knit South Carolina book club. Read full book review >

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FEINGOLD by Sandy Horwitt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2007

"Not an official biography, but it might as well be."
Admiring portrait of the maverick liberal who was the only U.S. Senator to oppose the Patriot Act and the first to call for a timetable for American troop withdrawal from Iraq. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Shallow treatment of a serious subject, with lots of padding to fool the eye."
A superficial look at the changing nature of friendships among girls and women at various stages of life. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 29, 2002

"Good, sweaty work: all this turning of the spirit's and mind's soil yields a nourishing outlook on life."
Brickner, a Reform rabbi for 45 years, uses the garden as a viewing lens for such big religious and philosophical issues as our ethical comportment, our approach to death, God's character, and the nature of sex and love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PETS by Bragi Ólafsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 2008

"Dark, strange, elusive, compelling and oddly charming."
Icelandic novelist Ólafsson's English-language debut is part Beckettian or even Kafkaesque black comedy, part existentialist novel in the Paul Auster mode, and part locked-room mystery in which the murderee is alive and well and hiding in the bedroom. Read full book review >