Search Results: "Vanessa Woods"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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 >

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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 >

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WHITE LIGHT by Vanessa Garcia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2015

"A lush, vibrant portrayal of the creative process, a daughter's love, and the unstoppable maelstrom of grief."
A young painter on the verge of success is waylaid by the sudden death of her complicated father in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >