Search Results: "Denia Lewis Hester"


BOOK REVIEW

GRANDMA LENA’S BIG OL’ TURNIP by Denia Lewis Hester
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Less formal in tone than versions closer to the Russian story generally ascribed to Tolstoy, and unique for its non-rural trappings, this is tellable enough to please young audiences—though the characters seem rather broadly rendered. (source note) (Picture book folktale. 6-8)"
This "aw-shucks" rendition of the oft-retold "Giant Turnip" tale features a contemporary African-American extended family whose diaper-clad junior member exclaims "Uh-oh! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HESTER by Byron Barton
Released: Sept. 29, 1975

But Barton's first wobbly-lined picture, of Hester's dining room all set for the party, is the very dream of Halloween that any first grader would delight in drawing for himself, the stock haunted house is not only incongruous but warmly inviting and a little sad among all the high rises, and the sweet old witch's welcoming, well-behaved friends are such a grotesque gang of freaks that the whole adventure proves to be a captivating blend of good cheer and satisfying shivers. Read full book review >

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HESTER by Christopher Bigsby
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Hawthorne points up the book's problem: It tries to be both historical reconstruction and novel and doesn't fulfill either mission completely."
This ``prequel'' to The Scarlet Letter imagines the early life of Hester Prynne and serves as a creative addendum to that classic, but it could not stand on its own. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HESTER by Paula Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Reed's confident debut amiably reimagines Hawthorne's tragic heroine as a brave lady in tumultuous times, making this sequel to his literary classic a standard-issue historical novel."
Continuation of The Scarlet Letter follows Hester Prynne and her wild daughter to Oliver Cromwell's England. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEWIS by A. Barsell Carlyle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 23, 2009

"An enjoyable beach read for men, but suspense lags until the final pages."
A debut novel of men's fiction/suspense. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET WORLD OF WALTER ANDERSON by Hester Bass
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

A gorgeous chronicle of a versatile southern American artist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

C.S. LEWIS by Michael White
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A readable, balanced portrait of a great humanist."
Prolific English biographer White (Leonardo, 2000, etc.) delineates in lively fashion the less than saintly life of the Christian apologist, children's author, Luddite, and fuddy-duddy Oxford don. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 8, 1997

"A charming if terse summary of the journey; readers wanting a detailed history should look elsewhere. (First printing of 100,000; Literary Guild main selection)"
Duncan's second book on the Lewis and Clark expedition (Out West, 1987) is the companion volume to the newest documentary by Burns, scheduled to air on public television stations in early November. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 12, 1995

"Cohen sees Dodgson finally as a talented, upright, melancholy figure, but does not fully integrate Carroll into this protean man. (135 illustrations, not seen)"
Cohen, the editor of Carroll's herculean correspondence, succeeds with the man's Victorian character—both the academic and the eccentric elements—but misses the point of Carroll's pointless nonsense. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEEDS OF FREEDOM by Hester Bass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A book that is as quietly inspiring as its subject. (author's note, photographs, selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Peaceful but forceful protest ended segregation in one Southern town. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HESTER AMONG THE RUINS by Binnie Kirshenbaum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

The story of two lovers whose lives are profoundly shaken by echoes of the Holocaust: a German medievalist and the woman who, while writing his biography, falls in love with him. Read full book review >