Search Results: "Brenda Wineapple"


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SISTER BROTHER by Brenda Wineapple
NON-FICTION
Released: April 16, 1996

"Thorough and intelligent, but lacking that final spark of empathy that distinguishes a truly exceptional biography. (b&w photos)"
Like Wineapple's Genàt: A Biography of Janet Flanner (1989), an impressively researched portrait of American expatriates—in this case, the writer Gertrude Stein (18741946) and her brother Leo (18721947), a pioneering modern art collector. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 13, 2008

"A moving portrait of two unalike but kindred spirits who did indeed 'Dare [to] see a Soul at the ‘White Heat.' '"
The editor criticized for dumbing down the great American poet's work gets a fairer assessment from literary biographer Wineapple (Hawthorne, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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HAWTHORNE by Brenda Wineapple
Released: Oct. 2, 2003

"Richly detailed and nuanced: a model of literary biography, and an illumination for students of Hawthorne's work. (For an excerpt of Hawthorne, go to www.kirkusreviews.com.)"
A thoughtful, absorbing life of the gloomy prince of American literature. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"History on the grand scale, orchestrated by a virtuoso."
A sweeping look at the Civil War in the context of its social, cultural and intellectual climate. Read full book review >

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YOUR CONSTANT STAR by Brenda Hasiuk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"A superb novel from a rising Canadian literary star, best for adult and mature crossover readers. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Pregnancy, adoption and parenting decisions past and present link—and haunt—a Chinese-Canadian adoptee, her now-pregnant former friend and the biological father-to-be. Read full book review >

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THE BRIDGES OF SUMMER by Brenda Seabrooke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Best of all, past and present mores are contrasted in an absorbing story where both are presented with acumen and sympathy. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A sophisticated young New Yorker returns unwillingly to her roots when her mother sends her for a summer with her grandmother Quanimina, who lives the traditional life of the Gullah off the Carolina coast. Read full book review >

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EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT by Brenda Jernigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Sluggish and predictable."
A first novel with a provocative idea—the price paid for possessing healing powers—turns into an overfamiliar, plot-worn love story with a small-town setting. Read full book review >

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WOLF NATION by Brenda Peterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"Though with some overlap with the existing literature, a useful survey of the current state of all matters lupine."
Blending solid history with on-the-ground reportage, natural history writer Peterson (Wolf Haven: Sanctuary and the Future of Wolves in North America, 2016, etc.) turns in a spirited defense of Canis lupus. Read full book review >

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GUARDIAN OF SECRETS by Brenda Drake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A fantasy that embraces its love-triangle motif and deftly manages to create a believably fragile political system at risk of collapse—unless the heroine can save it."
Magic and mayhem return to the world's libraries in this YA sequel. Read full book review >

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"A practical, vivid guide to the use of color in interior design."
An interior designer's guide to help amateurs select colors and fabric designs. Read full book review >

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A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR by Brenda Ashford
Released: April 2, 2013

"Ashford recounts a life filled with love, devotion and hard work—a snapping good story by a true British treasure."
Reflecting on her 62 years as a nanny, Ashford presents a delightful compilation of memories, child care tips and insights from a radically different time and place. Read full book review >

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Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"While suffering from too many characters and some convoluted plot elements, this novel still offers an exuberant mashup of portal fantasy and chosen-one motifs."
A girl learns about her magical heritage and preordained fate just as an evil wizard threatens to take over an enchanted world in this YA series opener by Drake (Touching Fate, 2015). Read full book review >