Search Results: "Sara Mansfield Taber"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 2001

"Informative, comprehensive—but burdened by gee-whiz insights into the ways of the world."
An American writer details her infatuation with French bread, in a part-reportage and part-earnest attempt to understand national differences and obsessions. Read full book review >

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Released: July 29, 1991

"Occasionally awkward—the search for personal answers doesn't quite fit—but the vivid descriptions of the land and its people, and the palpable affection Taber feels for both, are more than adequate compensation."
A sympathetic account of the unexpected richness and resilience of life in a certified end-of-the-earth place— Patagonia—by a young American woman who learned as much about herself there as about the region. Read full book review >

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MANSFIELD by C.K. Stead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"Relies too much on its characters' famous names to hold the reader's attention."
Stead (Talking About O'Dwyer, 2000, etc.) takes a fellow New Zealander, short-story master Katherine Mansfield, as the protagonist of his listless tenth novel. Read full book review >

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SARA by Yasser S. Hassan
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A scintillating tale that ends just as it gets going."
The government's leading telepath, John Doe, has a new Black Ops assignment: help mentor a beautiful test-tube woman whose powers exceed his. Read full book review >

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SEEKING MANSFIELD by Kate Watson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"A commendable adaptation of a 200-year-old tale made fresh for a 21st-century audience. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In a modern spin on Mansfield Park, Watson's debut blends Austen with a dash of Shakespeare, all in contemporary Chicago. Read full book review >

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MANSFIELD REVISITED by Joan Aiken
Released: March 1, 1985

"But, while the more hard-headed Austen fans will probably prefer Jane Gillespie's 1983 Ladysmead (all about what happened to horrid Maria Bertram, an offstage player here), other Mansfield Parkers will find this an endearing, cozily amusing follow-up."
Finding myself filled with an overmastering wish to find out what happened after Fanny married Edmund, and when Susan came to live at Mansfield," Aiken offers a smooth sequel to Jane Austen's 1814 Mansfield Park—with steady charm and humor, but with tidy sentimentality taking the place of Austen's more rigorous exploration of character. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVE, SARA by Mary Beth Lundgren
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Lundgren has indeed made a promising start. (Fiction. YA)"
Fifteen-year-old Sara has already experienced extreme trauma in her life. Read full book review >

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SARA BISHOP by Scott O'Dell
FICTION
Released: April 23, 1980

"It is, though, her own resourcefulness that gets her out each time; there is some small, undramatic progression in her withdrawal and incipient healing; and the adventure, historical background, survival mechanics, and inner condition are well integrated."
In the early days of the Revolutionary War, Sara Bishop's Tory father is killed and their farmhouse burned by hoodlum Patriot Boys. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2004

"Skims across the surface of a very deep lake. (16 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
A thoroughly researched, though highly chatty and oddly superficial, attempt to rehabilitate the image of FDR's mother, which was besmirched, the author argues, by less sympathetic Roosevelt biographers. Read full book review >

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SMARTY SARA by Anna Jane Hays
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 8, 2008

"Emergent readers deserve better than this incoherent and condescending tale. (Early reader. 4-7)"
The "mystery" of the key Sara finds on her doorstep plays itself out in this wan offering for young readers. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The fourth in Bebris's Mr. & Mrs. Darcy series (North by Northanger, 2006, etc.) combines Regency romance, gothic elements and a mix of Austen characters in a pleasantly lightweight tale."
An unexpected elopement, a possible murder and a duel await the sleuthing Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. Read full book review >