Search Results: "Allegra di Bonaventura"


BOOK REVIEW

FOR ADAM'S SAKE by Allegra di Bonaventura
NON-FICTION
Released: April 22, 2013

"Although the scholarship is stellar, readers may yearn for more attitude and animation from the author."
A scholarly study of the interactions among families—from wealthy landowners to impecunious African and Indian slaves—in New London, Conn., in the 17th and 18th centuries. Read full book review >

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DOLCI DI LOVE by Sarah-Kate Lynch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2011

"An atypical, sometimes awkward (see the title) version of chick lit which cheerily proposes that two wrongs can make a right."
A betrayed wife collides with two biscuit-baking, elderly Italian sisters who double as matchmakers in a bumpy romantic fantasy. Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN & DI by Ingrid Seward
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"A well-written, guilt-free treat for devoted royal family-watchers—whose numbers are, of course, legion."
A surprisingly fresh addition to the mountain of biographies of the late Princess of Wales—this one focusing on her relations with the Queen. Read full book review >

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DOCTOR ME DI CIN by Roberto Piumini
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A delightful amusement with lovely and evocative artwork. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Despite his eponymous name, a wise doctor tricks a sick prince into curing himself without herbs or medications. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DI AND I by Peter Lefcourt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"A fun romp, but the humor is sometimes forced, and the book is ultimately more silly than entertaining."
Screenwriter and novelist Lefcourt (The Dreyfus Affair, 1992, etc.) returns with a bizarre comedy in which the Princess of Wales and a Hollywood screenwriter fall in love and open a McDonald's restaurant in California. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LA-DI-DA HARE by J. Patrick Lewis
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Bluthenthal's animated illustrations are an excellent complement, in beachcombing colors of sand and surf, convincing in the depiction of a place awash in fresh, salt breezes. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Clever wordplay and a marvelous island bestiary distinguish this rhymed wonder quest from Lewis (Black Swan/White Crow, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MIRACLE OF CASTEL DI SANGRO by Joe McGinniss
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1999

"Up to the last 40 pages, an entertaining and often moving read."
This venture into the murky waters of Italian soccer begins as a radical departure for the best-selling journalist McGinnis (The Last Brother, not reviewed, etc.), known more for his true crime volumes than his sports reporting. Read full book review >

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LOUISE THE BIG CHEESE AND THE LA-DI-DA SHOES by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"With numerous sly puns included in the illustrations, this sparkling tale is a treat for Imeldas of all ages. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The indomitable Louise returns, this time in pursuit of a fanciful pair of shoes (Louise the Big Cheese, 2009). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COOKBOOK COLLECTOR by Allegra Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 2010

"A witty, warm and wise look at the human condition in the digital age."
Goodman (Intuition, 2006, etc.) shows two sisters grappling with romantic, professional and moral quandaries at the height of the dotcom boom. Read full book review >