Search Results: "Catherine Austen"


BOOK REVIEW

CATHERINE by April Lindner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2013

"Not as emotionally engaging as readers might desire, but solid and well-told. (Fiction. 15 & up)"
After discovering that her mother, Catherine Eversole Price, had not died, as her father told her, but instead deserted the family and then disappeared, 17-year-old Chelsea Price goes on a quest to find out what happened to her. Read full book review >

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WALKING BACKWARD by Catherine Austen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"An elegantly crafted volume of lasting power. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When his mother dies in a car crash, 12-year-old Josh realizes she had been the gravity that held family members in place. Read full book review >

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ALL GOOD CHILDREN by Catherine Austen
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A shaded morality tale about individuality. (Dystopia. 12 & up)"
A corporate-controlled city decides to optimize its schools' efficiency by adjusting students' temperaments. Read full book review >

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MY CAT ISIS by Catherine Austen
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"An intriguing effort that misses the mark. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Less than the sum of its parts, this effort to educate young listeners about aspects of Egyptian culture while simultaneously celebrating the love of a young boy for his pet never quite comes together. Read full book review >

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CATHERINE CERTITUDE by Patrick Modiano
Released: July 1, 2001

"Not for every child, and, indeed, not for every adult. It's not exactly as if Dostoyevsky had turned to writing Mother Goose rhymes, but the darkness is there—and so is the brilliance."
A beguiling children's story—well, after a fashion, anyway—by the latest winner of the Nobel Prize in literature (Suspended Sentences, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN by David Nokes
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Nokes's portrait of a less-than-perfect Austen, then, while it offers new insights and a wealth of detail, employs too much imagination and takes too narrow a perspective to finally satisfy. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
While this much-needed revisionist biography sheds new light on the great novelist, it too often obscures the facts of her life behind webs of speculation about what she and her intimates might have thought or felt. Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN by Catherine Reef
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 18, 2011

"Perhaps this work will lead readers to Jane Austen and imaginatively apply the facts of the author's life to the novels—or vice-versa. (afterword, family trees, notes, selected bibliography, index) (Biography. 12 & up)"
It is either daring or foolish—or both—to use the subtitle, "A Life Revealed," when the biographer states that little is known about the biographee. Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN by Claire Tomalin
Released: Nov. 17, 1997

"Recommended for those seeking a brief introduction to Austen's life, times, and work; those wishing to burrow deep into the author's consciousness will want to consult Nokes. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
The second major Austen biography of the season expertly places the great novelist in her historical moment, without attempting to fully plumb her psyche. Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN by Deirdre Le Faye
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"This is likely to be dry work for readers unfamiliar with the novels, but even if diverting anecdotes are rare, the volume is concise, serviceable, and authoritative. (further reading, chronology, index) (Biography. 12+)"
This entry in the British Library Writers' Lives series begins with an admission that a paucity of documentary evidence puts Austen "a bit beyond camera range." Read full book review >

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CATHERINE DE MEDICI by Leonie Frieda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 21, 2005

"Persuasive rehabilitation of Catherine, not as a nice woman, but as a shrewd leader who did what she had to."
Scholarly but lively biography of the Italian-born queen who ruled France as regent during 30 years of bitter religious warfare. Read full book review >

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PATIENCE, PRINCESS CATHERINE by Carolyn Meyer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2004

"Catherine was the mother of the queen known as Bloody Mary, and readers who know the rest of the Young Royals series will certainly be engaged by this one. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
Meyer continues her first-person series about the Tudor women, this one in the voice of Catalina, known as Catherine of Aragon, who was a young teen when she was sent from Spain in 1501 to be married to Arthur, eldest son of the King of England. Read full book review >