Search Results: "Ann Wroe"


BOOK REVIEW

ORPHEUS by Ann Wroe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2012

"A book to make readers laugh, sing and weep."
Economist briefings and obituaries editor Wroe (Being Shelley: The Poet's Search for Himself, 2007, etc.) delivers a transformative adventure of myth. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2003

"One of the great, nearly forgotten enigmas of English history, presented, more often than not, with verve. Still, even Henry VIII—a more controversial and consequential figure—doesn't always get such in-depth treatment."
A vivid, if overlong, biographical study of identity and deception in Tudor England. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"These small flaws aside, this is an equally informative and entertaining work, one that will be a delight not only to medievalists, but to all who wish a respite from the pace, technology, and other perplexities of contemporary life."
Wroe, who studied medieval history at Oxford and is now the American editor of the Economist, uses a real-life 14th-century mystery as a ``springboard'' for an intimate, well-crafted profile of late medieval life in the town of Rodez in southwest France. Read full book review >

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BEING SHELLEY by Ann Wroe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"Hallucinatory and quite mad (Shelley would approve): helpful in deciphering his work but hardly his life."
From Economist editor and biographer Wroe (The Perfect Prince, 2003, etc.), a dreamy, decidedly unorthodox biography of the Romantic poet. Read full book review >

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CHOP CHOP by Simon Wroe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2014

"For British readers, David Nicholls meets Guy Ritchie; for Americans, Dave Eggers channels Anthony Bourdain."
A British university graduate sets out on a journey of self-discovery when he's forced to break a sweat in an asylumlike kitchen in Camden Town. Read full book review >

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IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE AN IPHONE by Ann Droyd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Mildly amusing, but something of a one-trick pony. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this tech-savvy parody of the contemporary classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, a hyperactive pet mouse named Applesauce goes off the deep end (literally) while mesmerized with his boy's iPhone.Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A conventional but informative story accompanied by dreamlike, pastel-colored illustrations. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
On New Year's Day, a little Mayan boy is charged with the duties of playing the flute and carrying a drum on his back while leading the people of his village in a parade into town. Read full book review >

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KINDA BLUE by Ann Grifalconi
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"An appealing vignette. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Missin' my papa," who died when she was a baby, Sissy's sitting in the yard of her family's Georgia farm, "feeling awful sorry for myself" and "Pokin' holes in the dirt for no good reason." Read full book review >

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SMART AND SPINELESS by Ann Downer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Science facts more surprising than science fiction for teen readers. (endnotes, glossary, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The lack of a spine, or even a brain, doesn't keep invertebrates from learning, remembering, and solving problems. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Readers will be eyewitnesses to history in this story of one fateful chapter in the Civil Rights Movement, if they can get past the design. (research notes, resource guide, bibliography, citations) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The intersection of the 1968 Memphis garbage strike, the Poor People's Campaign and the last days of Martin Luther King Jr. is brought to vivid life in a fine work of history writing. Read full book review >

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LOST GIRLS by Ann Kelley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 10, 2012

"Although the material could use some judicious cutting, it's strong and provocative, offering readers a forum to discuss friendship, blame, forgiveness and situational morality. (Historical fiction/adventure. 12 & up)"
A group of female campers are marooned on a wilderness island off the coast of Thailand during the Vietnam War. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2008

"Steller, a remarkable person and scientist, is well worth learning about, but unfortunately this does not provide a compelling introduction. (appendix, timeline, notes, source notes, bibliography; index [not seen]) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Names of people, places and too many other details overwhelm this biography of naturalist Georg Steller. Read full book review >