Search Results: "Alexandra Styron"


BOOK REVIEW

ALEXANDRA by Carolly Erickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Once again, Erickson demonstrates her skill in limning a forceful royal who tried unsuccessfully to alter history and escape fate."
Russia's last empress receives compassionate but by no means uncritical treatment from biographer Erickson (Josephine: A Life of the Empress, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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READING MY FATHER by Alexandra Styron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2011

"A tender and tragic remembrance, though mainly of interest to the author's most devoted fans."
William Styron's daughter recalls her love-hate relationship with the literary lion. Read full book review >

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ALL THE FINEST GIRLS by Alexandra Styron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2001

"Despite many gorgeous turns of phrase and Styron's masterful use of Caribbean dialect, All the Finest Girls is undone by labored plotting and the sulky narrator-heroine's lack of self-awareness—not to mention plain old awareness."
Disappointing debut fiction from the daughter of William Styron: the story of a poor little rich girl who realizes that her beloved black nanny had a life outside her family's palatial Connecticut home. Read full book review >

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WILLIAM STYRON by James L.W. West
Released: April 1, 1998

"A masterful achievement. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
This meticulously crafted, well-paced biography should go a long way toward burnishing Styron's reputation. Read full book review >

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THE LAST DIARY OF TSARITSA ALEXANDRA by Alexandra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

Sketchy diary notes from Alexandra's final days of captivity will interest only experts and the most dogged devotees of the doomed Romanovs. Read full book review >

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CHRISTOPHER AND ALEXANDRA by Maggie Gee
Released: March 1, 1992

"An easy but flawed read."
One big theme is not enough for British writer Gee (Grace, 1989, etc.), who throws in concerns about the environment, millennial angst and cybernetic sex as the Christopher and Alexandra of the title learn, along with us, that life's no fairy tale. Read full book review >

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SELECTED LETTERS OF WILLIAM STYRON by William Styron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"A great read for Styron devotees, but fans of correspondence will miss the conversational quality of most letter collections."
A good portion of William Styron's personal and business correspondence brought together in one volume. Read full book review >

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EDWARD AND ALEXANDRA by Richard Hough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 1993

"An adulatory study of the British royal family before it became a soap opera. (Twenty-four pages of b&w photographs)"
Smooth but shallow dual biography of the king and queen who succeeded Victoria on the British throne, by Hough (coauthor, The Battle of Britain, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"It's hard to know how much Rachel's story will interest young readers, who aren't old enough to remember her racing career, but it's a decent effort and an overall worthwhile book. (glossary, notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
A straightforward biography of one of thoroughbred racing's greatest mares. Read full book review >

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Released: May 12, 1989

First-time author Middleton tackles the life of Alexandra David-Neel, the first Western woman to enter the forbidden land of Tibet. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 24, 1994

"Tea may soothe, but Stoddard will drive you crazy with her self-conscious, precious drivel. (Illustrations, not seen)"
Stoddard (Creating a Beautiful Home, not reviewed) makes some amazing claims about the healing powers of tea in this overwrought little book that focuses less on cooking than on personal memoir, entertaining hints, and egregiously inane aphorisms. Read full book review >

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NIGHTS AT THE ALEXANDRA by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1987

"Trevor tales—but exquisitely detailed, perfectly modulated in its bittersweet tone, and quietly, leanly, expertly told."
A 15-year-old small-town lad in WW II Ireland expands his social horizons, and develops a romantic obsession—in this fine, characteristic Trevor story, one of the slightest (if purest) entries in the Harper Short Novel Series thus far. Read full book review >