Search Results: "Allegra Kent"


BOOK REVIEW

ONCE A DANCER... by Allegra Kent
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 1997

"My stomach was a large, round, hard dome like a planetarium'')."
A daffy and unexpectedly poignant autobiography by the beguiling Balanchine ballerina celebrated in her heyday as a ``rubber orchid.'' Kent, born Iris Margo Cohen in 1937 ``on the very day Edith Wharton died, but in a different time zone,'' repossesses as a writer the unpredictable charm of her dancing. Read full book review >

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KENT STATE by James A. Michener
NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 1971

"As a work of interpretive journalism, it is far less scrupulous than I. F. Stone's Killings At Kent State (1970)."
Michener and staff have produced a collage, now appearing in the Reader's Digest, of graphic second-hand accounts, reconstructions of student life and town sentiment, interpretations and misinterpretations of the Kent State events of May 1970. Read full book review >

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BALLERINA GETS READY by Allegra Kent
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"A magical mystery tour for ballet lovers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It is a busy day for a ballerina. Read full book review >

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BALLERINA SWAN by Allegra Kent
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2012

"An enchanting tale for all, especially for lovers of ballet. Read the story, play the music and applaud. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A beautiful swan realizes her dream of dancing when cast in Swan Lake. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 1999

"Begiebing undoubtedly tried to do too much here, but readers who accept his story's eccentric pacing and unusual texture will be grateful for his efforts."
An American woman's awakening to her vocation as artist and freed spirit is the subject of this impressively researched and detailed, if undramatic, historical by the author of The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin (1991), etc. Begiebing's eponymous heroine and narrator begins her story "in captivity," in 1839, after she's been abducted by Joseph Dudley, the scapegrace son of a wealthy Massachusetts mill-owner who's commissioned the young widow, a gifted "traveling painter," to execute portraits of his family. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 2008

"Finely detailed maritime history."
Historian Tracy (History/Univ. of New Brunswick; Nelson's Battles, 2008, etc.) examines the maritime disaster of the Kent. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEAVING KENT STATE by Sabrina Fedel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2016

"A love story that engagingly merges themes of art and anger."
The Vietnam War comes home as rising political tensions culminate in the 1970 Kent State University shootings in this debut historical novel. Read full book review >

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Released: June 21, 2012

"A sometimes flat narrative about a good-hearted heroine, an enchanted forest and a magic unicorn that needs polishing in order to reach its colorful potential."
In Scheidemann's book for young readers, the first of a planned series, a young girl braves an enchanted forest to find a special herb to heal her ailing father. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"An awkwardly self-conscious but affecting blend of history and memoir."
Poet and novelist Svoboda (Tin God, 2006, etc.) chronicles her uncle's odyssey in occupied Japan and unearths some troubling truths about the U.S. military. Read full book review >

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THE JEWELS OF TESSA KENT by Judith Krantz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 1998

"Not as much of a tear-jerker as one might expect, but with lots of Krantz's signature glamour. (Literary Guild main selection and Doubleday Book Club; TV satellite tour)"
A nice soapy title for a nice soapy Krantz: the author's usual up-market labels mixed with a little mother-daughter drama and some heart-wrenching terminal illness. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGON AND THE FAIR MAID OF KENT by Gordon R. Dickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Overall, a rather sluggish, politically heavy entry in this mostly entertaining series."
Addition to Dickson's series (The Dragon in Lyonesse, 1998, etc.) set in a 14th-century England where magic works, and where former college professor Jim Eckert, now Baron James of Malencontri, can turn himself into a large dragon. Read full book review >

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MY TRIP ABROAD, 1902-1903 BY RUTH KENT by Charles C. Cox, III
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2016

"A glimpse into the past that is more intriguing for the details of the period that it reveals than for the narrative it presents."
The past is brought to life in this reproduction of an early 20th-century travel journal. Read full book review >