Search Results: "Anne Kingston"


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THE MEANING OF WIFE by Anne Kingston
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2005

"Ranks low in solid analysis but high in anecdotal evidence."
A wonderfully entertaining look at society's ambivalent attitudes about wives. Read full book review >

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SIMON & GARFUNKEL by Victoria Kingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 1998

"As throughout, the author's worshipful distance combines with both of her subjects— admirable disdain for airing dirty laundry to produce only the most glancing insights. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
With childlike adoration and prose to match, a British radio host and newspaper columnist has a go at Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel's intertwined careers. Read full book review >

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Corporate Prisoner by J. Paul Kingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 2016

"Dramatic testimony and useful guidance about the art and anguish of career management."
A former bank vice president shares his corporate travails, his transition to self-employment, and general business advice in this debut memoir and self-help guide. Read full book review >

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CHINA MEN by Maxine Hong Kingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 1980

"But, self-conscious lapses aside, this remains in sum—like Warrior Woman—exemplary history in the personal, investigatory mode."
What began with The Warrior Woman—Chinese immigrant women—is now continued with the focus on the China Men who left China for the Gold Mountain; and all of Kingston's different impulses—curatorial, reconstructive, celebratory, quizzical—are again brought into play. Read full book review >

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A LONG WAY TO GOULACULLIN by John Kingston McMahon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2013

"A gritty Dickensian tale of hard knocks and tenacity shifted to 20th-century Australia, providing a vivid portrait of the land and its people and one man's determined drive to solve the riddle of his childhood."
Orphaned at 3 when his father committed suicide after his wife ran off with another man, first-time author McMahon traces his 49-year search for his family's background and the truth about his dad's death. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 8, 2003

"A colorful meandering that is most original and compelling when it focuses on the author's hard-won peace with her family."
A mix of memoir and fiction attempts to reconstruct a novel that burned—along with the author's home and family keepsakes—in the terrible Oakland Hills fire of 1991. Read full book review >

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I LOVE A BROAD MARGIN TO MY LIFE by Maxine Hong Kingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Kingston is clearly tuned in to a different frequency, and the rhythm of her writing complements her tone, but it's also erratic and lacks narrative traction."
Renowned Asian-American author Kingston (The Fifth Book of Peace, 2003, etc.) reflects on her life, as well as the lives of her most popular fictional characters, in this 240-page elegy. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 1976

"The several strands, inseparable here, create a spirit-presence you won't soon forget."
How closely they guarded their lives, those Chinese-Americans pressing the clothes, so that we were never able to focus on them or comprehend their outlook. Read full book review >

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Released: April 27, 1989

"Rather a dense, occasionally rewarding trip, which should ride comfortably on the excellence of Kingston's nonfiction."
In The Warrior Woman (1976) and China Men (1980), Kingston approached the genius of the Chinese-American heritage in a robust blaze of mythic intuitions and shrewd, historical, autobiographical notation. Read full book review >

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LOULA AND MISTER THE MONSTER by Anne Villeneuve
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Like a stinky dog-lick on the nose, this simply silly picture book will bring smiles to little faces. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Loula fears Mama might have had it with their family's drooling, wagging, lunging, gargantuan Great Dane, Mister. Read full book review >

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BUD AND GABBY by Anne Davis
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2006

"Children who have cats will recognize their pets, and children who have sick siblings or who are afraid of visiting the doctor themselves might have some of their fears allayed after listening to this friendly story. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Bud is a huge orange cat; Gabby is a small black-and-white one. Read full book review >

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THREE CATS by Anne Brouillard
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1992

"Worth a try where budgets permit. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A wordless book about three alert black and white cats, first seen perched on a branch eying three goldfish in the waves below. Read full book review >