Search Results: "Barbara Ker Wilson"


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THE QUADE INHERITANCE by Barbara Ker Wilson
Released: March 18, 1989

Gothic doings at the English-countryside estate of Selbury Quade—as Annette Duval (19), a now-penniless orphan, arrives, in 1861, to become the governess of the fierce and tyrannical Imogen. Read full book review >

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WISHBONES by Barbara Ker Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"A sophisticated, powerful re-imagining of an often overprettified tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
A Chinese version of Cinderella in which the role of the dead mother's benevolent spirit (or fairy godmother) is played by the magic bones of a great fish—the special pet of the heroine before it was killed by her jealous stepmother. Read full book review >

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BLUE WINDOWS by Barbara Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 1997

This sensitive, eloquent coming-of-age story articulates the often painful intersections of religion, power, illness, and death. Read full book review >

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TROUBLE IN TRANSYLVANIA by Barbara Wilson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Wilson is smart, tart, and knows how to write from a feminist perspective without once stooping to polemics."
Freelance translator Cassandra Reilly (Gaudi Afternoon, 1990)- -with two weeks to kill before boarding the Trans-Mongolian Express in Budapest and heading for China—becomes embroiled in Magyar- Rumanian feuding, post-Ceauescu tattletaling, and murder, all revolving around the decrepit Arcata Spa Hotel in scenic Transylvania. Read full book review >

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IF YOU HAD A FAMILY by Barbara Wilson
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Not this author's best. (Author tour)"
From mystery writer Wilson (Trouble in Transylvania, 1993, etc.), a pretentiously lyrical story of healing and recovery—one that pushes all the usual buttons as a woman recollects the long- buried losses and traumas of childhood. Read full book review >

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THE DOG COLLAR MURDERS by Barbara Wilson
Released: April 25, 1989

Soapbox oratory masquerading as a mystery. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE ORPHANED BASSOONISTS by Barbara Wilson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Droll humor, high intelligence, outrageous Edith Sitwell-like wardrobes, and a chance to revel in the best Venice offers, from the synagogues of the Ghetto Nuova to the cafes on the back canals."
In Venice to research the identities of the Ospedali, the nameless orphan girls Vivaldi trained to be musicians, and to participate in a concert of his masterworks, bassoonist Nicola Gibbons wakes from a nap to find the antique instrument concert promoter Signori Sandretti loaned her missing. Read full book review >

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SELINA AND THE BEAR PAW QUILT by Barbara Smucker
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"Still, Selena's sorrow over leaving her home and grandmother will be plain to all. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The dilemma of a Mennonite family during America's Civil War is the subject of this charmingly designed book, which features quilted borders and intricate cloth patterns in the illustrations. Read full book review >

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MATTIE by Marsha Wilson Chall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 1992

"A satisfactory early chapter book for kids not quite ready for the Haywoods. (Fiction. 6-8)"
During Valentine's week, second-grader Mattie exchanges an amusing series of gifts with a ``secret friend''—dreaded class rowdy Jeb—who is also her secret admirer; during spring vacation, she peddles pesky little brother Emmett, finds a taker- -and promptly realizes that she misses him; and, in a summer episode that links the other two, she and Jeb build a treehouse and give Emmett a disastrous haircut. Read full book review >

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THE EVERYMAN CHESTERTON by G.K. Chesterton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2011

"A welcome taste of Chesterton, who remains most readable today. Now for a second volume to fill in the gaps."
An edifying but still incomplete sampling from the work of the great British novelist, moralist and philosopher. Read full book review >

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TRUE NORTH by Jill Ker Conway
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 22, 1994

"Irishman's way with a story'') as a substitute for the harder work of portraying individual characters. (First printing of 60,000; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; author tour)"
In this memoir Conway picks up where she left off in Road From Coorain (1989). Read full book review >

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WHEN MEMORY SPEAKS by Jill Ker Conway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 1998

"Worse, she imposes her convictions about gender wars and imperialism on the evidence rather than deriving them from it, presupposing her points rather than proving them."
In this erudite essay, former Smith College president and Australian expatriate autobiographer Conway (The Road from Coorain, 1989; True North, 1995) makes a smart but less than convincing case for the construction of identity through the writing of life stories. Read full book review >