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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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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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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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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WHERE I LIVE by Brenda Rufener
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Disjointed, didactic, and mostly disappointing. (Fiction. 14-18)"
If she can follow the rules, no one will ever discover that she is the "homeless girl hiding in front of them." 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 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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"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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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 >