Search Results: "Carolyn Abbate"


BOOK REVIEW

A HISTORY OF OPERA by Carolyn Abbate
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 26, 2012

"Formidably knowledgeable and bracingly opinionated."
An account of opera's evolution stressing performance practices rather than theoretical mandates. Read full book review >

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THE BIG WISH by Carolyn Conahan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 4, 2011

"Quirky and full of heart. (Picture book. 5-8)"
If wishes were dandelions, then... a whole town might go crazy. Read full book review >

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THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DOGS by Carolyn Conahan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The new words to the old song provide a catchy alternative for musically inclined dog lovers, and there's a marmalade cat on every page to keep the cat lovers happy as well. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Conahan reworks the well-known words to the traditional Christmas carol to feature a canine crowd, beginning with "a pug puppy under the tree." Read full book review >

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REDOUTÉ by Carolyn Croll
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 19, 1996

"Very pretty. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5+)"
RedoutÇ's name is known through the popularity of his rose and lily paintings, but few people know anything about the man who was court-appointed painter to both Marie Antoinette and Empress Josephine, and who said to Napoleon, ``Painting flowers may be something small, but it is what I do best, because it is what I love most.'' RedoutÇ's simple botanical drawings of single flowers were quite revolutionary in the late 18th- and early 19th-centuries when the fashion was for glamorous portraits and mythological scenes. Read full book review >

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THE BRUBURY TALES by Frank Mundo
Released: April 1, 2010

"Fans of classic literature may appreciate this and will no doubt enjoy picking out their favorite tales told in verse, but a replica will always pale in comparison to the original."
In this homage to Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, a diverse group of security guards in present-day Los Angeles compete in a storytelling contest in order to win time off from work. Read full book review >

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BON BON VOYAGE by Nancy Fairbanks
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 4, 2006

"Whiny Carolyn (Three-Course Murder, not reviewed, etc.) is consistently upstaged by her acerbic friend Luz and the tidbits of cooking lore and dessert recipes."
A free Mother's Day cruise to exotic Spanish and North African ports sounds like heaven—until murder, hijacking and a mother-in-law join the cruise. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"The combination of first-person narratives provides an unusually well-rounded portrait of schizophrenia. Includes an eight-page black and-white photo insert (not seen)."
Joint memoir by a pair of identical twins, one a writer and award-winning poet with an incurable mental disease and the other a practicing psychiatrist. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY BOX by Gordon McAlpine
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Gently moving, though stylistically adult. (Fiction. YA, adult)"
Carolyn Keene and Franklin Dixon never existed—Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys were written by pseudonymous corporate authors—but if they had been real, would they been debauched artists in Paris? Read full book review >

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A TWISTED TALE by Carolyn Fisher
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Readers who find Causley's 'Quack,' Said the Billy Goat (1986), or Most's Cow That Went Oink (1990) a trifle sedate won't have that problem with this unrestrained solo debut. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Fisher punches up a well-worn plot with vivid language and swirling modernist art that incorporates an equally wild hand-lettered text. Read full book review >

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DURATIONS by Carolyn Osborn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Monotonous personal history coupled with interesting essays on world travel."
A Texas-based author shares her family history and travelogues. Read full book review >

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THE HOT ONE by Carolyn Murnick
Released: June 20, 2017

"An original and engaging, if uneven, fusion of memoir and true-crime."
A New York media worker tries to comprehend a glamorous friend's murder. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"An insightful but sometimes (like life itself) bland story that is likely to hold appeal for a limited audience. (Historical fiction. 11-18)"
Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) was a well-known professional photographer at a time when most other women aspired to homemaking if they were not doing menial labor. Read full book review >