Search Results: "Alison Acheson"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"A skillful biography of one member of a species now seemingly headed toward extinction in Washington: a government titan of remarkable achievement, eloquence, loyalty, and integrity."
An intelligent, meticulously researched biography of Dean Acheson (1893—1971), who as Harry Truman's secretary of state became "the most important figure in American foreign policy since John Quincy Adams." Read full book review >

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MOLLY'S CUE by Alison Acheson
CLASSICS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

In this leisurely paced up-and-down novel about the cross-currents among artistic creation, artifice, reality and responsibility, a bad case of stage fright causes an aspiring actress to reassess her perspective about herself and her family. Read full book review >

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ACHESON COUNTRY by David C. Acheson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 1993

"Engaging, human-scale perspectives on a worldly wise eminence whose personal principles and foibles help explain his accomplishments on a large stage. (Photographs, plus a foreword by David McCullough—not seen)"
A loving son's captivating reminiscences of his famous father. Read full book review >

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GRANDPA’S MUSIC by Alison Acheson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"This may comfort families in similar situations, but as an educational tool about Alzheimer's, it falls flat. (Picture book. 7-10)"
This emotional look at a family living with Alzheimer's disappoints with its lack of depth. Read full book review >

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DEAN ACHESON by Douglas Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Even Acheson, for all his crustiness, would have respected the clear, concise writing and objectivity of this fine political biography. (Twenty illustrations—not seen.)"
Cool, lucid account of the later years of a towering cold-war figure; by Brinkley (History/Hofstra Univ.). Read full book review >

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ALISON, WHO WENT AWAY by Vivian Vande Velde
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2001

"The denouement, which comes in a seriocomic run to a funeral parlor the night of the eighth-grade dance, feels a little forced, but the unfolding of Susan's family's anguish is done at just the right pace, with each shard of emotion placed precisely. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Susan—who now wants people to call her Sibyl—is 14 and fiercely angry. Read full book review >

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THE ALISON RULES by Catherine Clark
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Several cuts above the standard teen-weepie. (Fiction. YA)"
The Alison Rules are never specifically codified as such, but they are all based on one organizing premise: to keep Alison from moving beyond her mother's death from cancer the previous summer. Read full book review >

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THE DROWNING OF ALISON ALYWARD by Genevieve Lyons
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"Veteran Lyons (Green Years, 1989, etc.) turns in a performance as low-key, neatly written, and steadily entertaining as ever."
Mark Dangerfield, antique-book dealer and sometime detective in Maggie Thatcher's London, is asked by socialite Wendy Cadbury, a friend of his mother's, to investigate the drowning death of her young friend Alison Alyward, officially a suicide. Read full book review >

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ALISON DARE: THE HEART OF THE MAIDEN by J. Torres
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 2010

"An ambitious concept in need of some polish. (Graphic adventure. 9-12)"
An extremely promising premise disappoints with its flat, awkward construction. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1969

"As narrative, it's rarely tedious or inspiring although obviously important."
A memoir of Mr. Acheson's subordinate service from 1941 to 1947 and of his five years as Secretary of State. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 1993

"A provocative and—given our concern about an imbalance of trade with Japan—unusually relevant examination."
As the Clinton Administration prepares for a potential trade war with Japan, historian McGlothlen—drawing on interviews with contemporaries of former secretary of state Dean Acheson (Dean Rusk and Paul Nitze among them) and quoting from original policy memoranda—outlines in detail the evolution of US policy toward Japan's trading partners. Read full book review >

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FAIRY FELICITY'S MOONLIGHT ADVENTURE by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Sparkly mollusk fluid aside, expect a book that hits its own sweet spot fairy-ly well. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Surprise birthday party? Check. Fairies? Check. Inoffensive follow-the-line conceit? Check and check! Read full book review >