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 >

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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 GLASS FOREST by Cynthia Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"More soapy than suspenseful."
A young mother navigates the secrets her handsome husband seems to be hiding after his brother commits suicide in Swanson's (The Bookseller, 2015) second novel. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >