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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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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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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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2003

"Hardly a page-turner, but a vivid account that will satisfy anyone with an interest in the Great War."
A monumental study of the maritime aspects of WWI, drawing on a great cast of characters and revisiting little-known battles and watery tombs. Read full book review >

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A SONG IN THE NIGHT by Bob Massie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2012

"A testament to the strength and goodness within the human spirit."
Born with hemophilia, Massie's childhood combined bouts of intense pain and disappointment with unabashed joy and lavish family affection. In this moving memoir, the author (Loosing the Bonds, 1997) recounts how this doubled-edged environment laid the foundation for a life filled with compassion and activism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 20, 2011

"A palatable history lesson that might help untangle the royal lineage web for American readers."
A well-fashioned history of the remarkable Scottish monarchs. Read full book review >