Search Results: "Valerie Gorbachev"


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GORBACHEV by William Taubman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 7, 2017

"An engaging, poignant portrayal of one of the most significant of Russian leaders."
The long-awaited biography of the enigmatic Soviet leader whose "new thinking" sent shock waves throughout the Soviet Union and indeed the world. Read full book review >

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VALERIE SOLANAS by Breanne Fahs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"As Fahs portrays her, Solanas emerges less as 'a woman who detected a spirit of collective anguish' than as a woman destroyed by her own overpowering demons."
A sympathetic biography of a troubled and troubling woman. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A lively addition to any preschooler or storytime collection. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Do not be fooled: This is not a Thanksgiving tale. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 1991

"A savvy, closely reasoned appraisal of an embattled kingpin who has been overtaken by events he initiated."
An illuminating, interpretive report on Mikhail Gorbachev's exercise of power, which concludes that his reforms may do more to expose than remedy the deficiencies of the Soviet Union's sociopolitical and economic institutions. Read full book review >

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VALERIE AND THE SILVER PEAR by Benjamin Darling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"A warm, rather long realistic story, affectionately illustrated in watercolor and color pencil; a tasty-sounding recipe for pear pie is included. (Picture book/Young reader. 5-9)"
While Valerie helps Grandpa harvest his pears and make them into pies, as Grandma used to, he holds her interest with tales of the silver pear they're sure to find among the others—just as he and Grandma did each year. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"No great shakes, even for glasnost groupies. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
A plodding account of the Story of the Century, told by journalist and Russian scholar Felshman with all the verve and wit of a back issue of Pravda. Read full book review >

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CATTY JANE WHO HATED THE RAIN by Valeri Gorbachev
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"A good remedy for those rainy-day blues. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Is there anything good about a rainy day? Read full book review >

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THE MISSING CHICK by Valeri Gorbachev
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"The building suspense and happy ending combine to make this a good springboard for 'what if' conversations, but the paucity of story line and sameness of illustrations make this an additional purchase. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A napping chick throws the neighborhood into chaos. Read full book review >

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THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR by Valeri Gorbachev
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"Tender, but also full of energetic concern, Gorbachev's story will keep young readers in suspense, right up to the slice of the knife. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Gorbachev's congenial Goat and Pig return in a pleasing story showing the lengths one friend will go to ensure the comfort of another. Read full book review >

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THE BEST CAT by Valeri Gorbachev
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"A good but not essential addition to kitty, family or imagination storytimes. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bootsy is a remarkable cat; everyone in the family concurs. Read full book review >

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TURTLE’S PENGUIN DAY by Valeri Gorbachev
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"Not so sly as sweet: Just as Little Turtle is ready to shrug out of his shell, readers will be anxious to shrug into theirs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The theory/practice continuum gets a comically endearing shake: The theory is that books can transport; the practice is getting the transport out of your head and giving it a ride. Read full book review >

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CHICKEN CHICKENS by Valeri Gorbachev
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Gorbachev makes the suggestive point without getting preachy, and her two chicks cut such pathetic figures that young readers will be rooting for them from the first. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This confidence-builder from Gorbachev may put a few bees in the bonnets of youngsters who feel a bit timid around the playground. Read full book review >