Search Results: "Antonia Michaelis"


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THE DRAGONS OF DARKNESS by Antonia Michaelis
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"The occasional coy authorial asides may jar and the ambiguous conclusion may frustrate, but the themes of courage, sacrifice and identity will hook readers completely and send them scurrying to learn more about the exotic setting. (Fantasy. YA)"
Once upon a time there was a timid German boy whose idolized older brother was kidnapped by Maoist rebels in Nepal. Read full book review >

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TIGER MOON by Antonia Michaelis
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A superior fairy tale, indeed—down to the bittersweet but ultimately satisfying conclusion. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Safia, sold by her poor, high-caste father to be a Rajah's eighth wife, knows that she faces death when her brutal husband discovers she is not a virgin. Read full book review >

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THE STORYTELLER by Antonia Michaelis
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"An unsettling tapestry of ugly secrets, violence, suspense, twisted motives and love's unfathomable ways. (Fiction. 14-18)"
The course of true love definitely doesn't run smooth when it's a relationship with a self-abusing and abused drug dealer. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET OF THE TWELFTH CONTINENT by Antonia Michaelis
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"Facile, but well-stocked with tiny people, odd little twists and narrow squeaks. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A foundling with anger issues takes on a sentient island with the same problem in this loosely linked sequel to The Secret Room (2012). Read full book review >

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THE CAVALIER CASE by Antonia Fraser
Released: Jan. 15, 1990

The best-selling author of The Warrior Queens (1989), as well as six previous Jemima Shore/telly-investigator mysteries, sleekly weaves all her passions together here by presenting Jemima with a portrait of Cavalier poet Decimus Meredith, 1st Viscount Lackland (d. 1645), and having her besotted with him and eager to meet him—she learns his ghost stalks Lackland Court, where the 17th Viscount has recently died and where the 18th, "Handsome Dan," has his hands full: an ex-wife, a current wife, a few mild flirtations, children (including the sulky young Nell) from various women, plus plans to turn his stately home into a trendy private tennis club. Read full book review >

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THE WARRIOR QUEENS by Antonia Fraser
Released: March 14, 1989

In her 1984 best seller, The Weaker Vessel, Fraser contrasted the low status of women in 17th-century England with their actual strengths and achievements; here, she's not quite as dramatic, but still intriguing as she ranges throughout world history for examples of women who ruled nations and armies. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 20, 2001

"Nonbelievers won't budge—and intrigued readers are better off requesting a transcript of the 20/20 feature that inspired Felix to write this bland and credulous account."
A maudlin exploration of the paranormal events that surround Audrey Santo, a comatose 16-year-old from Worcester, Massachusetts, whom many consider to be a saint. Read full book review >

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OUR ISRAELI DIARY by Antonia Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A slim volume graced by lively observations."
A British biographer offers salient glimpses of Israeli life and culture. Read full book review >

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THE WIVES OF HENRY VIII by Antonia Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 16, 1992

Fraser (The Warrior Queens, 1989, etc.) brings her personable voice and vivid historical imagination to the six women who married Henry VIII. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Fraser's book, a solidly researched and gripping account of religious battles and persecution, forces the reader to reflect on both the gruesome results and complex origins of terrorism. (40 b&w illustrations) (Book-of-the-Month Club/History Book Club selections; author tour)"
Early 17th century England's complexities and dangers are rendered both comprehensible and relevant in the skilled prose of a veteran mystery novelist (A Splash of Red, 1981, etc.) and popular historian (The Wives of Henry VIII, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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SCHULZ AND PEANUTS by David Michaelis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2007

"All that's needed about a prodigy of American cultural history."
The idolized comic strip and its revered creator, conjoined American avatars of the second half of the 20th century, are both fully explored in this shared biography. Read full book review >

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N.C. WYETH by David Michaelis
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 1998

"Michaelis leaves no Wyeth neurosis unexplored, but his deliberate analysis—while infusing the text with a necessary skepticism'strips it of vitality. (32 pages color, 94 b&w illustrations)"
A measured, careful examination of the celebrated illustrator's life and art, both fused in the crucible of his family. Read full book review >