Search Results: "Claire Tomalin"


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MRS. JORDAN'S PROFESSION by Claire Tomalin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 20, 1995

"An engaging, colorful portrait, in the best tradition of English popular history. (24 pages illustrations, 8 in color, not seen)"
From the author of The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens (1991), another sprightly biography of an English actress with a famous lover. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL PEPYS by Claire Tomalin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2002

"A fine work of literary and cultural history."
A sparkling, wonderfully readable biography of the English official less well known for his contributions to good government than for his salacious, achingly self-doubtful diaries. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DICKENS by Claire Tomalin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2011

"Superbly organized, comprehensive and engrossing from start to finish—a strong contender for biography of the year."
Like Shakespeare, Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was an overachiever of genius, and his life was as eventful, dramatic and character-filled as any of his novels. This rich new biography brilliantly captures his world. 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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Released: Jan. 15, 2007

"A richly introspective biography sure to rekindle interest in Hardy's writing."
Another wonderfully readable life by veteran biographer and journalist Tomalin (Samuel Pepys, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON A CLOUD by Claire Keane
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"Guaranteed to appeal to fans of Frozen and other princess tales. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Celeste ponders the perfect gift for her mother all day until bedtime, when "the Wind bl[ows] in and carrie[s] her away." Read full book review >

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THE GIANT by Claire Ewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"As the rigorous farm life swallows their emotions, it is the constancy of nature and return of the geese that restores them, bringing father and daughter closer together. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"I remember Mama had said there were giants, strong and tall, and that one was looking after me. I needed to see one to believe." Read full book review >

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ONE COLD NIGHT by Claire Ewart
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 4, 1992

"With a brief, nicely cadenced text and smoothly generalized figures set in lyrically evocative landscapes, an imaginative personification of the coming of winter. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``...the cloud coyotes howled in the moonlight, and Snow Woman came to tuck us in.'' Depicted in Ewart's sweeping watercolors as a heroic robed figure, Snow Woman brushes leaves from trees, stills streams, and frosts fields, prompting turtles, groundhogs, and other creatures to burrow away for the winter— all but Black Bear, who doesn't leave even when she builds a frozen fire of pine cones, setting the northern sky ablaze. Read full book review >

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THE BEST PART OF DADDY'S DAY by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"A pleasant celebration of father-and-son love. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bertie the beagle wants to grow up to be a builder, just like his dad. Read full book review >

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BLACK CAT & WHITE CAT by Claire Garralon
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"A smartly paced and sweetly drawn story for little readers. (Board book. 1-3)"
Black Cat and White Cat look for a place to play. Read full book review >

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MAGICAL MAIL by Claire Barker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Not a patch on Lyn Gardner and Mini Grey's Into the Woods dyad for meta-literary fairy-tale fun. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Faith Smyth is perfectly ordinary, out of place in her competitive family, with only tiny blue Bus Bear to keep loneliness at bay. Read full book review >

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CLAIRE DEDERER
by Stephanie Buschardt

Longtime critic and essayist Claire Dederer has always had a slight obsession with film director Roman Polanski. So in the summer of 2011, a year after the release of Poser, her gutsy, bestselling debut memoir about yoga and motherhood, she set out to write her next book with him in mind. “I was working on that book,” Dederer recalls ...


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