Search Results: "Barbara Leaming"


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KICK KENNEDY by Barbara Leaming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"Leaming doesn't present much new for Kennedy buffs, but the age of Downton Abbey offers fresh context for this story of American royalty and its more tradition-minded British counterpart."
A biography of the comparatively unheralded sister closest in age to John F. Kennedy strains to find something new to say about the Kennedy clan. Read full book review >

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JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY ONASSIS by Barbara Leaming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"An intimate and revealing look at one of the 20th century's most remarkable—and misunderstood—women."
A best-selling biographer chronicles the fabled life of Jackie Kennedy (1929-1994) and advances the claim that the former first lady spent the bulk of her post-Camelot life battling PTSD. Read full book review >

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JACK KENNEDY by Barbara Leaming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2006

"Thoroughly well written and constructed, with fresh views on the Kennedy presidency and the difficult path that led to Camelot."
In which JFK, proud son of Ireland, turns out to be a complete Anglophile. Read full book review >

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BETTE DAVIS by Barbara Leaming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1992

"Excellent especially on Davis's tics and mannerisms and how they undermined her ferocious energy and greater possibilities. (Sixteen-page b&w photo insert—not seen.)"
Strong, honest, vivid biography of a colossal egoist, by the author of distinguished lives of Rita Hayworth (If This Was Happiness, 1989), Orson Welles, and Roman Polanski. Read full book review >

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KATHARINE HEPBURN by Barbara Leaming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"The Ford gossip is news, but better than the psychobabble about Kate is the inspiring story of her mother, a strong, complex heroine if ever there was one. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A psycho-bio of the actress and her mother that begins as riveting melodrama and turns into talk-show buffalo chips. Read full book review >

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MARILYN MONROE by Barbara Leaming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 1998

"Odd, but with a touch of genius. (32 paghes b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A dramatic, psychologically astute biography of the troubled sex symbol and star of such classics as Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and The Seven Year Itch. Read full book review >

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CHURCHILL DEFIANT by Barbara Leaming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Tight, polished and effectively focused on the lesser-known end of Churchill's career."
Accomplished biographer Leaming (Jack Kennedy: The Education of a Statesman, 2006, etc.) tracks Winston Churchill's masterful postwar comeback. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

"Admirably detailed, stunningly successful, and likely to become the definitive biography of the Kennedy marriage, with all the intimacy and international scope implied."
The famously private Mrs. Kennedy has met her match and is herein revealed—along with her husband and his administration—respectfully but thoroughly, by an author possessed. Read full book review >

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A MIGHTY IMAGINATION
by Julie Danielson

Barbara DaCosta and Ed Young aren’t new to collaboration. In 2012, she wrote and he illustrated Nighttime Ninja, her debut picture book. Mighty Moby, on shelves in early August, is their second collaboration, and it came to exist in a way not typical for most picture books, what the author calls “an unusual method” and “backward.”

Evidently, Ed Young ...


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ADÈLE & SIMON IN AMERICA by Barbara McClintock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"The repetitive narrative may pall on adult readers of the well-heeled pair's previous outing, but children have more tolerance for that sort of thing, and the elegant period visuals supply plenty of eye candy. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Still channeling Kate Greenaway in the art, though adding her own vein of sly humor, McClintock recycles the plot of her award-winning Adèle and Simon (2006) across a much larger stage. Read full book review >

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THE SUBWAY MOUSE by Barbara Reid
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"Seen from mouse-eye level, the grimy, wonderfully detailed setting adds a tongue-in-cheek air, as well as making a properly vivid backdrop for this intrepid venture into the unknown. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Bits of real litter and found bric-a-brac in Reid's plasticine subterranean scenes add an air of authenticity to this grand tale of a mouse who leaves his cozy subway station nest to find the fabled "Tunnel's End." Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"An all-around laugh-out-loud delight. (Picture book/folktale. 6-10)"
From Anansi the Spider to B'rer Rabbit, trickster tales appear in cultures the world over. Read full book review >