Search Results: "Charlotte Mosley"


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LOVE FROM NANCY by Charlotte Mosley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Mitford and Waugh wrote about so well elsewhere. (Photographs)"
The first collection of Nancy Mitford's letters—which, like those of her British literary contemporaries (Evelyn Waugh, Harold Acton, Cyril Connolly, et. al), reflect a wit and style that never quite mask an underlying anguish at a world changed too much. Read full book review >

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THE MITFORDS by Charlotte Mosley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Marvelous fun, though the abundance of in-jokes and private language makes the book most enjoyable for readers already familiar with the Mitford legend."
More than 800 pages of letters provide an engrossing, deeply personal group portrait of six idiosyncratic sisters whose political views varied as much as the trajectories of their famous—often notorious—lives. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 13, 2008

Ex-con Socrates Fortlow, the conscience of South Central Los Angeles (Walkin' the Dog, 1999, etc.), returns for another dozen interlinked adventures, most of them revolving around dialogues on tough or taboo subjects. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 1991

"This is the inheritance with which the son seeks to grapple, and it is a tribute to his honesty and insight—as well as to the rakish recklessness and demonic ability of his subject—that it's hard to resist a measure of sympathy for one who has hitherto been regarded as beyond the pale."
A memoir of the late British Fascist leader by his novelist son Nicholas Mosley (Judith, 1990, Serpent, 1989, etc.) may seem problematic, but as a biography of a controversial father by a loving and cleareyed son it is surprisingly charming. Read full book review >

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SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 8, 2012

"Ingenious and mystical, although readers familiar with fantasy and science fiction will find little new or provocative here. Fans of Mosley's gumshoe noir books (or Blue Light, 1998, his earlier foray into the domain) will certainly wish to investigate."
Moving far from the milieu of Easy Rawlins and Socrates Fortlow (Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, 1997, etc.), Mosley offers two novellas in one volume, part of a series entitled Crosstown to Oblivion, the common theme being, "a black man destroys the world." Read full book review >

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A RED DEATH by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1991

"This time Mosley earns the acclaim his first novel received."

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KNOWN TO EVIL by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2010

"A rich collection of individual scenes and people as memorable as the tangled plot is forgettable."
An offer he can't refuse leads Leonid McGill (The Long Fall, 2009, etc.) on a grim tour that takes him from New York's executive suites to its lowest dives. Read full book review >

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CHARCOAL JOE by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Less cluttered than Rose Gold (2014), though that's not saying much. But then you don't read Mosley for the throughline but for his matchless ability to present mosaic worlds in which even the most minor characters arrive burning with their own unquenchable stories."
Fasten your seat belts. It's time for another simmering tour of Los Angeles, this time in 1968, with Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins serving once more as the unwilling guide. Read full book review >

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THE WAVE by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2006

"Even so, Mosley's third foray into sci-fi (Futureland, 2001, etc.) is as provocative and deeply felt as ever, right down to the enigmatic ending."
The apparent resurrection of his dead father is only the beginning of an unemployed system administrator's fantastic confrontation with forces that could change the destiny of the planet. Read full book review >

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DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS by Walter Mosley
Released: July 16, 1990

"Better wait for the movie, or hope for more incisive plotting in the promised sequel."
Raymond Chandler meets Richard Wright in this not-quite-successful first novel set in 1948 L.A. Here, low-key black detective Easy Rawlins, fired from his job at a defense plant, agrees to locate femme fatale Daphne Monet for white gangster DeWitt Albright—and of course Finds more than he bargained for. Read full book review >

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THE LAST DAYS OF PTOLEMY GREY by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2010

"Borrowing from Faust, the Iliad and Gran Torino, Mosley (Known to Evil, 2010, etc.) unforgettably transforms Ptolemy's cacophony of memories into a powerful symphony that makes him 'into many men from out of all the lives he had lived through the decades.'"
An ancient man living in solitary squalor in Los Angeles is offered an experimental medicine that just might beat back his creeping dementia—and will almost certainly kill him in the process. Read full book review >

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THE HESPERIDES TREE by Nicholas Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2001

"Not an easy read, but not to be missed."
An 18-year-old boy's conflicted coming-of-age is dramatized with quiet intensity in this suggestive, fascinating latest from the British author of the critically praised Catastrophe Practice sequence. Read full book review >