Search Results: "Weldon Swanson"


BOOK REVIEW

JOHNNY SWANSON by Eleanor Updale
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2011

"The writing is ripe for a theatrical production, but the Briticisms may trip up some American readers. (Historical mystery. 9-12)"
Take an old-fashioned British melodrama set in 1929, feature an 11-year-old boy whose sucker newspaper ads become the contrivance for a murder mystery, throw in a wide-spread TB panic and there's the plot. Read full book review >

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MY BACKPACK! by Scholastic Inc.
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"While a clever idea, as young children are often obsessed with bags and packs, parents wishing to avoid the overt marketing ploy should seek another title. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
A branded lift-the-flap offering featuring five Skip Hop animal backpacks. Read full book review >

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GLORIA SWANSON by Stephen Michael Shearer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"An uneven, rushed-through life with occasional high notes."
A biography of Gloria Swanson (1899-1983), who was difficult, vain, arrogant and self-deluded, as well as shrewd, stylish and magnetic. She was, by her own account, "every inch and every moment a star." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Rosie loses the election—but somehow, readers will want to cheer her on to further adventures. (Fiction. 8-11)"
The stars of Maxie, Rosie, and Earl: Partners in Grime (1990) return, as odd a trio as any in middle-grade fiction. Read full book review >

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THE NEW COUNTESS by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Funnier and nastier than the two earlier volumes but still lukewarm and without much fizz."
Weldon (Long Live the King, 2013, etc.) completes her Edwardian trilogy, a lightweight amalgam of Downton Abbey and her own Upstairs Downstairs, as Lord and Lady Dilberne prepare for a visit from King Edward VII. Read full book review >

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SHE MAY NOT LEAVE by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2006

"Sly, salty, savvy."
A British doyenne of elegantly savage modern comedies of manners returns to form with a cautionary tale of childcare. Read full book review >

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MANTRAPPED by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"So lazy and off-the-cuff that one wonders if the author even bothered to reread her first draft."
Though billed as a novel, this very slight tale of a man and woman who switch souls on a stairway cedes about half its pages to an acerbic continuation of Weldon's recent memoir, Auto da Fay (2003). Read full book review >

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A HARD TIME TO BE A FATHER by Fay Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Some unevenness, but always bracing and full of zest."
Nineteen new stories from Weldon (Wicked Women, etc.) that, even when fragmentary, sizzle with intellectual energy and acerbic wit. Read full book review >