Search Results: "Vanessa Woods"


BOOK REVIEW

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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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"A well-presented investigation into how dogs came to be."
Hare (Evolutionary Anthropology/Duke Univ.) and Woods (Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo, 2010) delve into the rich cognitive world of dogs and how they domesticated themselves through natural selection. 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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TIPPY TIP by Vanessa Roam
Released: March 4, 2014

"A pleasantly illustrated, quiet story that animal lovers will especially enjoy."
Two siblings worry over the fate of a little goat in Roam's (A Remnant Surprise, 2011) picture-book sequel. Read full book review >

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A Remnant Surprise by Vanessa Roam
Released: Dec. 13, 2011

"The relatable, touching story of an elderly matriarch who sews love into cozy quilts."
In this gentle, well-crafted picture book for young children, an elderly matriarch lovingly sews quilts for her numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and receives an unexpected gift of love in return. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"This is a vital, timely issue, and the author's research is impressively in-depth, but an overabundance of anecdotes and statistics offers little clarity on the issue."
An award-winning journalist reports from the front lines of the sexual assault controversy. Read full book review >

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UNDER A DARK SUMMER SKY by Vanessa Lafaye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Character-driven drama that, while it doesn't offer any new insights into our country's racist past, explores a unique setting."
It's 1935. As a monstrous hurricane bears down on the Florida Keys, black and white residents and a group of World War I veterans building a bridge must face not only the truth of nature's cruelty, but also of man's. Read full book review >

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THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"An unusual, overextended romance, fairy tale in parts but with a sprinkling of grit."
Cleverly combining tender and tough, Diffenbaugh's highly anticipated debut creates a place in the world for a social misfit with floral insight. Read full book review >

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DIRECTOR'S CUT by Vanessa Acton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A skeleton with no meat to speak of. (Horror. 10-14)"
A cursed landmark complicates the lives of four teenagers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUMMER STOCK by Vanessa  North
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2017

"A steamy book in which nuanced friendships are as central as the romance between two star-crossed lovers."
A moonlighting television actor and a local handyman hook up one drunken night. Will the forces of celebrity, gossip, and their respective pasts get in the way of what could be a beautiful relationship? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An uneven treatment of a topic that merits further study."
An alarming, and often alarmist, survey of how spending by consumers might support terrorist organizations and organized crime enterprises, especially drug cartels. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COWARD'S TALE by Vanessa Gebbie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2012

"With the hypnotic charm of her Welsh lilt, natural storyteller Gebbie whittles tales from a hard bone of loss to create a profoundly moving world."
After two collections of stories published in England, Wales native Gebbie sets her first, deceptively loose-limbed novel in a Welsh mining town whose present-day residents remain imprinted by a long-ago mining disaster. Read full book review >