Allyn

"pianogirl"
 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (37 of 43)
Location: USA
Birthday: March 20

Interests
reading (obviously), playing piano, cooking and baking, napping, collecting music for my iPod, chick flicks, and jewelry
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 325,861 - Total Helpful Votes: 37 of 43
Once Upon a Time: Behind the Fairy Tale of Princes&hellip by J. Randy Taraborrelli
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lengthy Yet Lackluster, June 26 2004
I'm one of those people who is intrigued by queens and princesses and gladly grabs up most offerings on the topic. When I first saw this book, I figured that it would contain a story as perfect as its cover. Well, not quite.
It wouldn't be fair to say that "Once Upon A Time" has no redeeming qualities. If nothing else, it seems to be the only in-print biography of Grace Kelly-which makes it somewhat valuable for anyone trying to learn about this famous lady. Also, it is written in a readable, conversational way-nothing overly "intellectual." And one certainly couldn't say that this book is completely devoid of interesting people, quotes, or happenings. The story of… Read more
True to Form: A Novel by Elizabeth Berg
True to Form: A Novel by Elizabeth Berg
5.0 out of 5 stars Written Truly and Surely, June 12 2004
Katie Nash, the effortlessly charming heroine of "Durable Goods" and "Joy School," is back in this novel about her thirteenth summer. And she's just as good as before!
As I read this book, I realized once again why I delight in Elizabeth Berg's writing and the character of Katie. I love how, in Berg's hands, the writing never feels forced and Katie's narration just seamlessly carries the novel. I love how Katie is so "truly" created, so warmly human, that you just want to grasp the pages of the book and pull her out for a chat. I love how Katie interacts with the world; doing the most ordinary things and recounting her adventures with such joy for life and… Read more
Or Give Me Death: A Novel of Patrick Henry's Famil&hellip by Ann Rinaldi
Patrick Henry is known for his fiery cry of "Give me liberty or give me death"...but few realize the insanity of his wife or the breakdown of his family that may have set the scene for this historic remark.
In "Or Give Me Death," Rinaldi decides to have Patrick Henry's daughters, Patsy and Anne, narrate the story of their mother Sarah's decline into madness. Through the voices of these girls-dutiful older sister Patsy and rebelliously clever middle daughter Anne-readers are completely drawn into the complex issues that plagued the Henry family. The hopeless life of the mentally ill in Colonial times is vividly shown, but this novel also adeptly shows something more striking. Indeed,… Read more