Search Results: "Constance Van Hoven"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2012

"Juicy literary history. The Wildes' stories would have silenced the Prince in Romeo and Juliet, who said there 'never was a story of more woe.'"
The little-known Constance Lloyd Wilde had some years of surpassing happiness with her gifted, controversial husband before scandal overwhelmed everything. Read full book review >

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CONSTANCE by Catherine Cantrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2002

"It hints at strong emotions, but declines to render them; the result is unfortunately passive and passionless."
Manhattan book editor Morgan Clifford's fascinated empathy with the figure of the eponymous Constance Chamberlain, a young poet who combines traces of Sylvia Plath and (her idol) Emily Dickinson with a frustratingly unfulfilled personal life, (just barely) dramatizes her surmise that "poetry . . . finds its life source in suppressed emotions." Read full book review >

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CONSTANCE by Rosie Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2013

"Despite rather superficial characters and some long-winded window dressing, a resonant and insightful novel."
Now that she is confronted with losing them, a middle-aged woman strives to finally reconcile her conflicting emotions toward her adoptive family. Read full book review >

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CONSTANCE by Patrick McGrath
Released: April 2, 2013

"A novel of fierce rages and great tenderness, exhausting in its emotional intensity."
Unhappy families being unhappy in their own way...again. Read full book review >

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CONSTANCE FENIMORE WOOLSON by Anne Boyd Rioux
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 29, 2016

"An intelligent, sympathetic portrait of a complicated, even tortured writer who calls for fresh readers."
A fine reappraisal of the work of the Victorian novelist and dear friend to Henry James. Read full book review >

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Van Ripplewink by Paul Clayton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2016

"A serious novel with an amusing premise."
Clayton (In the Shape of a Man, 2013, etc.) updates the story of Rip Van Winkle in this social novel.Read full book review >

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VAN JOHNSON by Ronald L. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A perfectly pleasant double feature."
The Van Johnson Story. Starring . . . Van Johnson. Read full book review >

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LET’S ALL KILL CONSTANCE by Ray Bradbury
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 8, 2003

"Only one question remains: Has the superheated prose on display here finally caught up with the postmodernism of Don Webb's pastiches, or has postmodernism caught up with the prophetic Bradbury? Tune in next week."
A third sort-of-mystery for the screenwriter hero of Death is a Lonely Business (1985) and A Graveyard for Lunatics (1990), now grown old enough to be a disillusioned hack, but not old enough to have acquired a name. Read full book review >

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VAN MORRISON by Johnny Rogan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2006

"Sprightly despite its amplitude, a narrative of propulsive drive that is also a reflective, associative piece of social history."
Nearly breath-by-breath biography of the influential Irish musician who has made a dent in rock, blues, folk, country and jazz. Read full book review >

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THE VAN by John Ball
Released: March 22, 1989

Ball's final novel (he died last October) is a sorry testament: neither is it one of his popular Virgil Tibbs mysteries (In the Heat of the Night, etc.) nor an addition to his Jack Tallon series, but a lumbering police procedural—loosely based on a real L.A. serial-killer case—saved from amateurism only by tight attention to cop-detail. Read full book review >

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VAN GOGH by Steven Naifeh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"Despite its exhaustive length, the book is brilliantly written and engaging, presenting a three-dimensional and larger-than-life portrait of the artist."
A gripping and almost certainly definitive account of the all-too-short life of a great artist who believed he was doomed to oblivion. Read full book review >