Search Results: "Tracy Leininger Craven"


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ALONE YET NOT ALONE by Tracy Leininger Craven
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2012

"A potentially fascinating story of the survival of a powerful, sustaining human spirit is too often bogged down by an intrusively preachy narrative voice that never trusts readers to draw their own appropriate conclusions. (Historical fiction. 11-16)"
During the French and Indian War, Native Americans capture two sisters, 12-year-old Barbara and 9-year-old Regina, from their frontier Pennsylvania farm. Read full book review >

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SPENCER TRACY by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A monumental, definitive biography of one the finest film actors in the history of the medium."
Spencer Tracy (1900-1967), warts and all. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF TRACY BEAKER by Jacqueline Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2001

"By the end, Cam has still not come around—but readers may be too annoyed by Tracy's rude, aggressive character to care. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Wilson pushes so much pain between the lines of this portrait of a foster child with the personality of a steamroller that it comes off less a lightweight tribute to human resilience than a pathos-ridden tale of children acting out as they nurse profound inner wounds. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 30, 2009

"The many indifferent, sophomoric essays here will give Tracy fans information about his early work; the best ones will give them reasons to see it."
The obscure, often deservedly so, early films in which Spencer Tracy forged his screen persona are dusted off in this uneven collection of essays from the New England Vintage Film Society. Read full book review >

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BODY COPY by Michael Craven
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 27, 2009

"Ex-adman Craven's mystery debut has the plot depth of a half-hour TV caper, but the style is slick. If Harlan Coben doesn't write fast enough for you, this might ease your drought."
An ex-surfer, ex-husband turned Malibu private eye helps a distressed damsel. Read full book review >

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THE DETECTIVE & THE CHINESE HIGH-FIN by Michael Craven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"An exciting, well-written detective noir whose final twist raises it far above the ordinary."
A thinking man's detective takes on a cold case. Read full book review >

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BORN IN A BURIAL GOWN by Mike Craven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Craven (Assume Nothing, Believe Nobody, Challenge Everything, 2015) provides everything you want in a British procedural: a dark world, a tangled case, a clear and logical solution, and a deeply flawed hero who's still well worth rooting for."
A Cumbrian police inspector back on the job under false colors tracks the killer of a woman who seems to have been flying under false colors for much of her life. Read full book review >

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THE DETECTIVE & THE PIPE GIRL by Michael Craven
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 27, 2014

"Darvelle (Body Copy, 2009) has echoes of notably introspective California sleuths from Phillip Marlowe to Harry Bosch. Extensive descriptions of greater LA provide a suitable backdrop for a complex mystery."
A detective with a philosophical bent won't give up on a murder case. Read full book review >

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FOUNTAIN SOCIETY by Wes Craven
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"You probably won't be missing much if you wait for the movie."
A nifty premise and several imaginative unforeseen developments are the chief pleasures of this otherwise fairly generic biomedical thriller, the first novel from horror-film director Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, etc.). Read full book review >

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FAST SOFA by Bruce Craven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1993

No amount of gimmicky packaging can compensate for the essential pointlessness of this first novel—a glib and predictable adolescent male fantasy that rips off Hunter Thompson, ``Wayne's World,'' and Douglas Coupland. Read full book review >

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Emerge by Melissa A. Craven
Released: April 1, 2015

"An unhurried but engrossing start for a potentially riveting paranormal series."
A teenage outcast's new friends help her discover her supernatural abilities and shocking origin in Craven's debut YA urban fantasy. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2001

"Useful reading for students of Cold War history and modern technology."
A memoir of a life spent developing a high-tech silent service. Read full book review >