Search Results: "Betty Fraser"


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SIMPLE GIFTS by Betty Fraser
Released: Oct. 18, 1976

"Yet her short, uncluttered text does make the essence of the Shaker experience available to younger or less ambitious readers, and in this case the 'gift to be simple' is both an appropriate and a useful contribution."
Shakerism has become such a familiar presence on the juvenile scene, that it's hard to imagine what Jane Yolen's slight history could add to the record. Read full book review >

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THE COZY BOOK by Mary Ann Hoberman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Accept this as riotously pell-mell wordplay and as a catalog of a child's world—then it's right on the mark. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The word cozy—warmth, ease, snugness—may not be the perfect choice for this compendium of hundreds of action and sensory experiences associated with one long day. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 8, 1954

"For a girl who forgets her pets at home, there's a good dose of farm animal care- and so on down the line of faults."
The author of The Egg and I comes up with some cleverly done fantasy in which the morals are golden, enticingly packaged and totally unlike sermons. 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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MOTIVE FOR MURDER by Anthea Fraser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 1997

"Fraser (I'll Sing You Two-O, 1996, etc.) unveils each eminently predictable development with professional skill."
If Emily Barton had ever read a modern gothic, she'd never have taken that secretarial job with eminent Cornwall novelist Matthew Haig. 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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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Pleasant and even instructive, but requires sustained suspension of the critical faculty."
A fan's notes on the "ironic, kindly, democratic, humorous, energetic, tolerant, and brave" peoples of Britain. 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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Skully, Perdition Games by L.E. Fraser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 21, 2015

"A fast-paced mystery featuring plenty of excitement."
Kidnapping, murder, and mind games are afoot in Fraser's (Simon Says, 2014) latest thriller, which revisits PI Sam McNamara as she tackles a new case.Read full book review >