Search Results: "Diane MacMillan"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 1998

"Decorated by a glamorous roster of friends and acquaintances (from Andy Warhol to Queen Elizabeth II), this biography is direct and unpretentious, but essentially insubstantial—much like the wrap dress. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Build a better dress and they will come: this is the theme of this celebrity autobiography by designer/jet setter Von Furstenberg. Read full book review >

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MISSIONS OF THE LOS ANGELES AREA by Diane MacMillan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 8, 1996

"Those facts render this look at a shameful era in California's history a leap above most on the subject. (full-color and b&w maps, engravings, photos, maps, charts, diagrams, timeline, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The first in a series about the roles played by Native Americans, Spaniards, Mexicans, and Americans in the development and demise of 21 California missions set up by the Franciscans along the California coast in the 1700s. Read full book review >

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HAROLD MACMILLAN by Alistair Horne
Released: March 31, 1989

From British historian Horne (Napoleon, Master of Europe 1805-1807; A Savage War of Peace; etc.), the first volume of a multivolume, definitive biography of the British statesman. Read full book review >

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DIANE ARBUS by Arthur Lubow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Despite limitations on research, Lubow sharply captures Arbus' restlessness, pain, and artistic vision."
Photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971) was addicted to danger, sex, and human oddities. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"B&w photos. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Two of these authors are journalists, and the training shows in this collection of tidy, conventional human-interest stories. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"Index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A brief discussion of the causes of extinction (hunting, habitat destruction, pollution, etc.), followed by units focused on continental regions and their special problems, each introducing 20 or so ``endangered'' or ``threatened'' animals (terms the author never defines), with color photos or illustrations of each animal, a few facts, common and scientific names, and size. Read full book review >

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DIANE GOODE'S BOOK OF GIANTS AND LITTLE PEOPLE by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"It's a thoughtfully organized book, suitable for almost any folklore collection. (Folklore. 5-10)"
Like her previous efforts in this vein (Diane Goode's Book of Silly Stories and Songs, 1992, etc.), Goode offers a diverse, accessible, and well-rounded collection of stories about people big and small, interspersing old favorites (``The Elves and the Shoemaker,'' ``Teeny Tiny,'' etc.) with more unusual gems: the West Indian ``Anansi and the Plantains,'' the Japanese ``Three Strong Women,'' and the wryly feminist ``Managing Molly.'' The book opens with a wise introduction and closes with Nancy Willard's ``Magic Story for Falling Asleep''just the right note. Read full book review >

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DIANE GOODE'S BOOK OF SILLY STORIES AND SONGS by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A perfect gift book that will also find many library uses. (Folklore. 4-10)"
Another attractive, well-planned volume in the style of The Diane Goode Book of American Folk Tales & Songs (1989). Read full book review >

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WHAT SHE KNEW by Gilly Macmillan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"While there's little new ground broken, the missing child scenario, when done reasonably well, as it is here, is a reliable hook, and with Macmillan's taut pacing, this is an engaging debut."
The search for a missing boy is seen through the split perspective of his frantic mother and the police detective determined to solve the case, despite its deleterious effect on his psychological health. Read full book review >

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VILLAGE OF A MILLION SPIRITS by Ian MacMillan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 1999

"A sober account of an incomprehensibly evil episode from modern history: MacMillan has established himself as one of the surer guides through the Nazi genocide."
A fictional account of the daily routines inside the death camp at Treblinka, narrated in chilling straight-faced prose by MacMillan (Orbit of Darkness, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >

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SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Kudos for a fresh take on a fraught topic but not for derailing slavery into a vehicle for romantic angst. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Literacy becomes the key to liberation in a thoughtful debut fantasy. Read full book review >

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THE WAR THAT ENDED PEACE by Margaret MacMillan
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"The author's presentation is so thorough that it is often easy to lose sight of her theme. While MacMillan's prose is mostly lively, it lacks a narrative flair that could help carry readers through this monumental work."
Award-winning academic MacMillan (International History/Oxford Univ.; Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History, 2009, etc.) takes on the origins of World War I. Read full book review >