Search Results: "Diane Redfield Massie"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BABY BEEBEE BIRD by Diane Redfield Massie
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2000

"Hooray for the return of the baby beebee bird. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Massie's zoo tale from 1963 gets a colorful remake, thanks to a set of typically effervescent illustrations from Kellogg (The Three Sillies, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

Sangre de Cristo: The Blood of Christ by Wesley Redfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 29, 2015

"Will leave readers eagerly anticipating a sequel and wondering about the fates of its characters."
Redfield's debut work of historical fiction is a compelling journey into New Mexico's early history. Read full book review >

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THE EVENING OF THE WORLD by Allan Massie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"A good portrait of an often-overlooked period, Massie's account takes a you-are-there approach that ends up feeling more like Forrest Gump than I, Claudius."
The first of a planned historical trilogy is set in the last days of the Roman Empire as Massie (Tiberius, 1993, etc.) follows the wanderings of a young nobleman in service to the Emperor. Read full book review >

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TIBERIUS by Allan Massie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"More a sententious plod."
Another fictionalized biography from British veteran Massie of an ancient great (Let the Emperor Speak, 1987, etc.)—though, here, the Roman emperor Tiberius sounds more like a US president complaining about Congress than an imperial swashbuckler. Read full book review >

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THE SINS OF THE FATHER by Allan Massie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 1992

"The sins of the fathers are indeed visited with a vengeance more plot- than character-driven, and, despite some good things, there are too many convenient coincidences and too much pretentious analysis for the big questions raised."
Specializing in giving real people and events a light fictional touch-up, veteran British writer Massie (Let the Emperor Speak, 1987, etc.) now examines the destructive legacy of an Eichmann-like character and a Holocaust survivor, whose children meet, marry, and part. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 1995

"But overall, a well-written, vivid depiction of a devastating mental illness. (First printing of 75,000; Literary Guild alternate selection; author tour)"
Mood-disorder specialist Jamison (Psychiatry/Johns Hopkins) comes clean about her own mood disorder: manic-depression. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A deeply informed investigation of a poet's suffering and creative triumph."
A renowned psychologist connects bipolar disorder to creativity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 1999

Suicide rates for Americans under 40, the cohort on which this book focuses, have tripled in the past 45 years. Read full book review >