Search Results: "Sheryl McFarlane"


BOOK REVIEW

WAITING FOR THE WHALES by Sheryl  McFarlane
ANIMALS
Released: March 24, 1993

"Poetic and comforting. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In an award-winning Canadian book, an old man's sense of harmony with the orcas (killer whales) he observes from his clifftop later helps his family accept his death. Read full book review >

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EAGLE DREAMS by Sheryl  McFarlane
ANIMALS
Released: April 19, 1995

"The evocative illustrations complement that mood in another successful joint venture by the creators of Waiting for the Whales (1993). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Robin, a farm boy who dreams of soaring above the clouds is suddenly confronted with the reality of a wounded eagle lying in his father's fields. Read full book review >

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SACRED MYTHS by Marilyn McFarlane
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Stick with more focused collections, such as Virginia Hamilton's In The Beginning (1988). (glossary, pronunciation guide, further reading) (Anthology. 9-12)"
Subtitled ``Stories of World Religions,'' this is a flashy but piecemeal collection of 35 short myths, legends, and folktales, all drawn from—or shoehorned into—seven living traditions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, generic Native American, and Sacred Earth, the ``Earth-centered movement that has developed in the late twentieth century [called variously] Paganism, Neo-Paganism, Wicca, Goddess Religion, Eco-Feminism, New Age Spirituality, the Old Tradition. . . . '' Every creed is introduced with an account of its history and values, plus a characteristic version of the Golden Rule, followed by retellings of incidents from the lives of its prophets and leaders, and well-known episodes from its literature or tradtions. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT GUEST by Fiona McFarlane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A pleasurable novel, with turns of plot and phrase both startling and elegant."
An enrapturing debut novel that toys with magical realism while delivering a fresh fable. Read full book review >

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SHOWTIME! by Sheryl Berk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"For those who dance to win—all others can skip the show. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Dance competition is fierce for four preteens and one little sister. Read full book review >

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RAIN-DROP AND PEEK-A-BOO by Sheryl Marie
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 20, 2010

"A personalized picture book best suited for those who really love rabbits."
Sing-song rhymes accompany charming colorful illustrations in this lively twist on a pet adoption book. Read full book review >

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THE HIGH PLACES by Fiona McFarlane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"It's hard to feel warmth from these stories; passions are mitigated or tamped down. But the writing is clever and skillful in spades."
In her debut short story collection, McFarlane (The Night Guest, 2013) limns the hidden spaces of relationships. Read full book review >

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YOU'RE BETTER THAN ME by Bonnie McFarlane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A breezy and entertaining, if ultimately inessential, look at life in comedy."
Comedian McFarlane's long, strange trip to the middle. Read full book review >

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HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU by Mhairi McFarlane
ROMANCE
Released: June 3, 2014

"Fun and engaging but with thought-provoking twists that deepen the emotional impact beyond light romantic comedy."
History professor Anna Alessi is shocked when she has to work with James Fraser, her high school tormentor; stymied when he doesn't recognize her; and stunned when she finds herself falling for him. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 13, 1992

"Peckerwood Politics'' that have led to the woodpecker's imperilment, McFarlane's discussions of avian territoriality, breeding, nesting, and anatomy have great depth, expanding our understanding of a single species into a broad appreciation of ecology. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Densely packed, adroitly written life history of the red- cockaded woodpecker by McFarlane, a ``woodpecker expert and conservationist.'' Red-cockaded woodpeckers are perfectly adapted to the pine forest—once enormous—that started at the Gulf Coast, ran a thousand miles to the Atlantic, and up to the Chesapeake Bay. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEAN IN by Sheryl Sandberg
NON-FICTION
Released: April 8, 2014

"An ideal graduation gift that, although aimed at women, has plenty to offer young men as well."
An expanded version of Facebook COO Sandberg's 2013 best-seller, this time with additional material aimed specifically at women just entering the workforce. Read full book review >