Search Results: "Vanessa M. Gezari"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Although his subject was Iraq, Peter Van Buren covered the same ground in his hilarious We Meant Well (2011). Gezari eschews humor but delivers a gripping report on another of America's painful, surprisingly difficult efforts to win hearts and minds."
Having discovered (again) that superior firepower does poorly against guerrillas, America's military adopted its current counterinsurgency doctrine, an object of almost universal praise. Not all was deserved, writes journalist Gezari (Narrative Nonfiction and War Reporting/Univ. of Michigan) in this insightful but disturbing account of the Human Terrain System, a program designed to bring social science to the battlefield. Read full book review >

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LET FREEDOM SING by Vanessa Newton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A too-intentionally inspirational muddle. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This volume takes the song "This Little Light of Mine" and makes it an extended celebration of the heroes of the Civil Right Movement, from Rosa Parks to Barack Obama, who "let their lights shine." Read full book review >

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CORTES CONNECTION by Vanessa Mateland
ROMANCE

"Takes time to gain momentum, but an enjoyable romantic adventure with a strong conclusion.
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In Mateland's romance novel, a kayak trip through the Victoria, Canada, region comes alive through the eyes of two lovers. Read full book review >

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JUVENTUD by Vanessa Blakeslee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Ambitious in the ground it covers and moving at times, but it falls short at the many hairpin plot turns."
A young girl discovers her father's shocking secret, and the course of her life changes drastically as a result. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 10, 2010

"The bonobos have found their advocate."
A bright, informative memoir of a young woman's first encounters with love, marriage and the world's most endangered ape. Read full book review >

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WE NEVER ASKED FOR WINGS by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Less schematic and more down to earth than her first novel, Diffenbaugh's latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers."
Question: What kind of parent leaves her two children home alone while she takes off in pursuit of her own mother, who's heading back to Mexico? Read full book review >

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HUNDREDS OF INTERLACED FINGERS by Vanessa Grubbs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"The book will appeal specifically to those personally affected by kidney disease but should also fascinate anyone interested in the state of health care in the United States."
A nephrologist's memoir of navigating the kidney disease of a loved one. Read full book review >

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PATIENT H69 by Vanessa  Potter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"Patient narratives are a growing genre, and not all end happily. Potter's has that positive aspect as well as illustrating one woman's way of coping with a disease that touches on universal fears: blindness and paralysis."
A stunning account of the onset of a form of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder, a rare autoimmune disorder that can cause sudden blindness and paralysis. Read full book review >

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FOUR OF A KIND by Vanessa Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 20, 2014

"An edifying historical saga for readers interested in the evolution of women's rights."
Russell's debut historical novel explores the women's rights movement through the eyes of four successive generations. Read full book review >

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THE TAMING OF LILAH MAY by Vanessa Curtis
Released: May 1, 2012

"While reading the book is a bit like watching a train wreck, readers may stick with it just to discover what's happened to Lilah's brother. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
In this British import, Lilah May has major anger-management issues, but perhaps she's come by them honestly. Read full book review >

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THE KINDEST USE A KNIFE by Vanessa Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2004

"Razor-sharp and raw: a standout thriller from across the Atlantic."
Psychologically probing examination of a tragic friendship between two troubled and highly competitive musicians. Read full book review >

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THE BIG PICTURE by Vanessa Drucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"At least the proportions are right: with Susannah it takes about three sentences."
A second novel by Drucker (Winner Takes All, 1990) that asks the question: Can readers come to love a heroine who on page one gets boffed by her artist boyfriend at a downtown Manhattan subway station and then goes through the rest of the book with a ``sticky crotch?'' After all, the experience puts stains on her suede coat and nearly makes her late for dinner at the East Side palazzo where she keeps house for Emil Papier, a Swiss millionaire art collector. Read full book review >