Search Results: "Viana La Place"


BOOK REVIEW

VERDURA by Viana La Place
NON-FICTION
Released: May 22, 1991

The co-author of those sprightly Italian recipe collections Pasta Fresca (1985) and Cucina Rustica (1990) single-handedly takes on Italian ways with vegetables here, as she roasts, fries, stuffs, tosses, and even smashes them against the table in a variety of antipasti, soup, stews, pastas, salads, sandwiches, and rice and polenta dishes. Read full book review >

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LA PLACE DE LA CONCORDE SUISSE by John McPhee
NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 1984

"In today's Swiss view, disaffection balances perfectionism—but McPhee's is the version of a connoisseur, to be savored in itself."
A sparkling report—if that's what's wanted—on that choice anomaly, the Swiss Army: a 650,000-man militia, always battle-ready, in a country that hasn't fought a war for nearly five hundred years. Read full book review >

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A PLACE CALLED MILAGRO DE LA PAZ by Manlio Argueta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"Their plaintive yearning for the 'miracle of peace,' which the name of their village ironically promises, provides the best moments in an otherwise unfortunately derivative novel: it's very nearly a rewrite of Alberto Moravia's famous Two Women."
El Salvador's best-known novelist (Little Red Riding Hood in the Red Light District, 1998, etc.) relates in both present action and extended flashback the life of middle-aged single mother Latina, who barely survives, during a time of violent political oppression, supporting her adolescent daughter and motherless young grandson by selling homegrown flowers and homemade clothing. Read full book review >

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MOO, BAA, LA LA LA! by Sandra Boynton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 2011

"Boynton and Loud Crow deliver another excellent enhanced e-book that fires on all literary, technological and artistic cylinders. (iPad storybook app. 1-4)"
The iPad adaption of Boynton's bestselling board book surveys animals and the sounds they make. Read full book review >

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SHOE-LA-LA! by Karen Beaumont
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Though lacking the more detailed story lines of the Fancy Nancy series, this outing, with its glitzy cover, is likely to appeal to her fans as well as to the creative side in every budding shoe connoisseur. (Picture book. 4-7)"
What happens when you turn four party-bound girlfriends loose in the Shoe-la-la boutique? Read full book review >

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LA LA ROSE by Satomi Ichikawa
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"This lush retelling of the familiar lost-and-found tale might have been improved un petit peu by a guide identifying the unique objets d'art and architecture to which its readers are treated, but it is a lovely peek at Paris, to be sure. (Picture book. 4-6)"
La La Rose, a stuffed rabbit, becomes separated from her "inseparable friend," young Clementine, during an outing to the famed Luxembourg Gardens of Paris. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LA VITA by Donald Arsenault
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 2016

"A straightforwardly told chronicle that will appeal to readers with an interest in genealogy."
Novelist-playwright Arsenault (The Company Way, 2012, etc.), drawing on his own family's background, describes an Italian wife's reluctant immigration to New England in the 1920s and the drama that ensues.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LA AMERICANA by Melanie Bowden Simón
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"Some awkward prose and clashing metaphors mar the author's heartfelt rendering of her Cuban adventure."
Political antagonisms fail to thwart a cross-cultural love affair. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LA PETITE by Michèle Halberstadt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2012

"A haunting story with a triumphant conclusion."
Touching glimpse of a young life nearly lost and then redeemed. Read full book review >

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LA SEDUCTION by Elaine Sciolino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2011

"Sciolino incorporates numerous interviews in order to preserve a shrewd, journalistic distance in this illuminating book."
An American journalist in Paris offers a serious, skeptical study of France's quintessential "soft power." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 4, 2006

"A delicately crafted, absorbing account of an American past seldom encountered in conventional histories."
Every square inch of earth has its own history. In this meticulously researched and compiled study, a small Creole village gets its due. Read full book review >