Search Results: "Elaine Stirling"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2009

"An impeccably organized book that cuts through the jargon to save time, money and frayed nerves."
Stirling tackles corporate babble, bad communication practices and rudeness in the workplace with an eye toward generating communication clarity, courtesy and style. Read full book review >

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LEE & ELAINE by Ann Rower
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 2002

"The upshot: She doesn't have much of a story, and neither do we."
Rower's second, as dismal as its predecessor (Armed Response, 1995), trades the former's West Coast trappings for the Hamptons as the artist/writer narrator tries desperately to turn the dead wives of rival painters William de Kooning and Jackson Pollock into posthumous friends—and straighten out her own life in the bargain. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2006

"A testament to the need to be heard, and to the restorative power of friendship."
A lonely wife finds solace in friendship. Read full book review >

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AFTER ELAINE by Ann L. Dreyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"A likable heroine and a convincing exploration of loss. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A few weeks before the end of Gina's fifth-grade year, her angry, difficult older sister skips school and dies in a car accident with another teenager with whom she had been drinking. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 30, 1993

"Written in pedestrian prose—but nonetheless a continually engrossing, if depressing, portrait of an American master. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
An unvarnished life of ``action painter'' Willem de Kooning and his artist-wife, by Hall (past president of the Rhode Island School of Design; Betty Parsons, 1991—not reviewed). Read full book review >

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AUNT ELAINE DOES THE DANCE FROM SPAIN by Leah Komaiko
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The story is slight but pleasantly frothy; Mathers, widely praised for her sophisticated colors and clean, imaginative design, breaks no new ground here but nicely captures the lighthearted spirit in her vibrant, delicately witty art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``Aunt Elaine/thinks she's from Spain,/but she and Dad were born in Maine,'' confides Elaine's slightly nerdy-looking niece, Katy; as ``Elena,'' her aunt is enthusiastic about performing Spanish dances with what looks like a multicultural troupe. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"Perhaps only an artist could write about other artists with such genuine curiosity and open-mindedness."
De Kooning (1918-89) was a painter herself, and, in the essays here, she describes art the way artists experience it—the messy, hands-on, tactile experience of painting. Read full book review >

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MOLLY BLOOM? by Jessica Stirling
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Whatever Joyce scholars may think of one of the world's most ambitious novels being spun off into a whodunit, Stirling's (The Marrying Kind, 1996, etc.) clever, bawdy mystery-cum-court case stands up well in its own right. Picking up the pace would have made it even better."
Characters from James Joyce's Ulysses enjoy new life—except for the unfortunate soul who suffers a bloody death.Read full book review >

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THE SHIP AVENGED by S.M. Stirling
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Pretty good ersatz McCaffrey, despite the feebly unconvincing love story."
Another entry in the Brain/Brawn series created by Anne McCaffrey, and a direct sequel to the paperback The City Who Fought (McCaffrey and Stirling); ``brains'' are humans wired directly and immovably into their spaceships, ``brawns'' their mobil human partners. Read full book review >

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THE PENNY WEDDING by Jessica Stirling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Celtic Bard'' soused to the ears and a-croon in Gaelic."
In a change of pace from her rugged 18th-century dramas dealing with love, murder and scandal (Shadows on the Shore, 1994, etc.), Stirling returns to more peaceful domestic doings—this time in a tale of love and marriage within a Glasgow family circa 1930. Read full book review >