Search Results: "Sarah Marwil Lamstein"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1999

"Cote's artwork is an apt display of bold colors and mile-wide smiles, a parade of cheerfulness to make readers grin as they pick up on what's happening and the speed with which it spreads. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What goes around, comes around—literally, figuratively, every which way—in this do-good, feel-good title. Read full book review >

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BIG NIGHT FOR SALAMANDERS by Sarah Marwil Lamstein
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"An afterword describes the spotted salamander's life cycle and gives more information about Big Nights and vernal pools, but does not mention the animal's range—across most of the eastern United States. (glossary, index to back matter) (Picture book. 6-9)"
On the night of the first warm spring rain, Evan can hardly wait until after dark, when he and his parents will go out to slow cars on the road and help spotted salamanders cross from their winter burrows to the vernal pool where they will lay their eggs. Read full book review >

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LETTER ON THE WIND by Sarah Marwil Lamstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"More than a holiday folktale, this one brings out the significance of graceful benevolence and humble appreciation. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When a small village has a meager harvest with not enough olives for oil to light the Chanukah menorahs, Hayim, the poorest, sends an appealing letter to the Almighty so the holiday may still be traditionally celebrated. Read full book review >

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HUNGER MOON by Sarah Lamstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2004

"Lamstein's spare first-person narrative deftly sketches a remarkably complex picture with few extra strokes. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Quick, episodic glimpses into sixth-grader Ruth Tepper's life in 1954 reveal a family beset by the random, confusing, contagious effects of anger. Read full book review >

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SARAH by Marek Halter
Released: May 4, 2004

"Halter fleshes out the scriptural account with rich and credible portraits of contemporary life and history, even if his narration ('There was a quivering in her belly that had nothing to do with fear or anger') occasionally descends to the level of the bodice-buster."
The prizewinning French author re-creates the story of Abraham and Sarah and the unlikely steps that led to their giving birth to both Judaism and the Jewish people. Read full book review >

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SARAH by J.T. LeRoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Not exactly a laugh riot, but not as unrelievedly sordid as a plot synopsis might suggest."
Scary, sad, and way, way out there, Leroy's picaresque debut novel follows a young boy through southern truckstops, where "lot lizards" turn tricks for drivers whose tastes run from women to transvestites to boys in jeans. Read full book review >

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SHUNNING SARAH by Julie Kramer
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Riley's obtuseness makes her a uniquely incompetent detective, an investigative reporter constantly surprised by developments less likely to ambush seasoned genre fans."
Another hot tip from her best informant, her mother, leads TV reporter Riley Spartz (Killing Kate, 2011, etc.) far from the Twin Cities to a murder among the Amish community in misnamed Harmony, Minn. Read full book review >

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SARAH CONLEY by Ellen Gilchrist
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Gilchrist keeps you in the palm of her hand when she tells a story, even if it's one that won't be remembered half an hour after it's over."
The 13th work of fiction from Gilchrist (The Courts of Love, 1996, etc.), who here tries to give the standard midlife crisis story some fresh vigor by dropping a suddenly eligible old flame into the cast of characters. Read full book review >

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SARAH CANARY by Karen Joy Fowler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

Fowler's remarkable debut recounts the 19-century adventures of a mysterious wild woman—and of the Chinese railway worker, insane-asylum escapee, suffragette, and exhibiter of circus freaks who pursue her through the Washington Territory—in this baroque tale of mystery, cruelty, and wonder as bombastically excessive as Barnum and Bailey itself. Read full book review >

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SIMPLY SARAH by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"Ink-and-wash drawings add visual appeal. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Naylor continues her series featuring "Idea Girl" Sarah Simpson in a pigeon disaster that takes place outside her Chicago apartment window. Read full book review >

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DIVINE SARAH by Adam Braver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"A journey into the heart of acting that's ever entertaining but at times transcendentally overblown."
Sarah Bernhardt's declining years, as highly fictionalized as Braver's debut, Mr. Lincoln's Wars (2003). Read full book review >

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REMEMBERING SARAH by Chris Mooney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2004

"Mooney (World Without End, 2001, etc.) offers a sympathetic protagonist in a compelling situation, and for some that will be enough to get them through the storm of wildly implausible plotting that blows up toward the end."
A young girl is stolen in a near-miss psychological thriller, Mooney's third, triggering guilt, blame, and violence as bitter by-products. Read full book review >