Search Results: "Charlotte Vale-Allen"


BOOK REVIEW

DREAMING IN COLOR by Charlotte Vale Allen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 15, 1993

"Topical and, oddly, commercially comfy."
Veteran novelist Allen (Leftover Dreams, 1992, etc.) now offers an ultimately feel-good tale about the successful rehabilitation of a severely battered woman who, with her child, is aided by three generations of women. Read full book review >

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SOMEBODY'S BABY by Charlotte Vale Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Badly unsatisfying, then but so goes escapism, attendant upon its flaws: On the summer's beaches, readers will willingly close their eyes and follow Snow to her reward."
To the author's credit, this would-be twisted tale is remarkably readable, even though Allen (Leftover Dreams, 1992, etc.) runs out of ideas well before her final chapter. Read full book review >

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PARTING GIFTS by Charlotte Vale Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"A bit way-out, but just the ticket if you're in the mood for a good cry."
Another weepy offering from the prolific Allen (Somebody's Baby, 1995, etc.), this one a modern variation on the classic baby-on-the-doorstep melodrama. Read full book review >

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LEFTOVER DREAMS by Charlotte Vale Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1992

"Leftover dreams, in this case at least, don't make for a satisfying meal."
Allen's 27th novel details the generally unremarkable lives of two Canadian sisters, from their miserable Toronto childhood to one sibling's success in London as the owner of a chain of copy shops: a ho-hum Cinderella tale in which the bad guys may be repulsive, but the good guys are fatally dull. Read full book review >

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WHERE IS THE BABY? by Charlotte Vale-Allen
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Inspired by real events, Vale-Allen (Parting Gifts, 2001, etc.) invents a compelling back story for her characters that makes for a real page turner."
Does the dark past of three characters justify their present actions? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHARLOTTE by David Foenkinos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2016

"A searing portrait of a brilliant artist that doesn't reveal anything new about its subject."
Charlotte Salomon, a real-life German Jewish artist, created a small but radiant body of work before dying in the Holocaust. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2005

"A larger-than-life story, told with panache."
Shevelow (English/Univ. of Calif., San Diego) reconstructs the life of a colorful, cross-dressing thespian. Read full book review >

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WOODY ALLEN by John Baxter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Allen's fans, who are presumably Baxter's target audience, will prefer to let his films do the talking."
The biographer of Steven Spielberg (1997) and Stanley Kubrick sets his sights on one of the cinema's great comic minds. Read full book review >

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WOODY ALLEN ON WOODY ALLEN by Stig Björkman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Strictly for those who devour the Woodman's every word."
Get two filmmakers together to talk about work and the result should be interesting, especially if one of them—Woody Allen- -seldom sits for long interviews. Read full book review >

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CHARLOTTE BRONTË by Claire Harman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2016

"A delightfully engaging biography of a highly talented but deeply troubled prodigy of English literature."
Accomplished biographer Harman (Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World, 2010, etc.) returns with a lively account of the life of Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855).Read full book review >

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WILLOW VALE by Alethea Williams
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A poignant story of loss, love and family."
Two people broken by World War I look to start over and take refuge in each other in this unique historical romance. Read full book review >