Search Results: "Elizabeth Hawes"


BOOK REVIEW

CAMUS, A ROMANCE by Elizabeth Hawes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2009

"Heartfelt but patchy. For more penetrating insights, see Olivier Todd's Albert Camus: A Life (1997)."
A whimsical sojourn into the life of Nobel-winning French "writer of conscience." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 20, 1993

"A wonderful book. (Sixty-six photographs, drawings, and floor plans)"
Hawes's fine book, her first, employs architectural criticism, economic chronicle, and urban sociology to create a picture of how Manhattan turned from a series of pastures broken by single-family dwellings into a breathtaking erector set of multiple dwellings: a shift to modernity as a reliable indicator of ``the workings of the urban mind.'' Prior to 1869, anyone who didn't have to live communally in a single building certainly never would. Read full book review >

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THE LANGUAGE OF STARS by Louise Hawes
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 31, 2016

"A tale of self-discovery well suited for art-inclined readers who feel themselves on the fringe. (Fiction. 14-18)"
An act of vandalism revitalizes a small town. Read full book review >

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THE VANISHING POINT by Louise Hawes
FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2004

"Flawed but vivid. (Historical fiction. 12+)"
Lavinia Fontana, daughter of the painter Prospero Fontana, made lush Renaissance paintings that were sought after in 16th-century Italy. Read full book review >

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WAITING FOR CHRISTOPHER by Louise Hawes
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2001

"What this lacks in realism, it makes up for in character development and 'issue raising' and would be great for classroom discussion in a junior-high language arts class. (Fiction. 12-15)"
The author bases this latest on a premise so unlikely it is almost laughable, yet the characters involved are worth caring about. Read full book review >

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ROSEY IN THE PRESENT TENSE by Louise Hawes
Released: March 1, 1999

"Hawes keeps Rosey's exact nature ambiguous without being coy; that, along with the distinct characters and a caring supporting cast, make this a thoughtful variation on the often-explored theme of coping with loss. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A teenager finds his way out from overwhelming grief in this poignant story from Hawes. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2001

"Not enough style or humor to keep the pages turning: the author brings so many touristy preconceptions to the plate (one tires early on of descriptions of 'hanky-headed' olive growers and their quaint, local customs) that it is hard to see whether she fell in love with a country or an ideal."
Two English sisters play peasants in the Ligurian countryside in Italy: one describes their adventure here, clearly hoping to do for the tiny village of Diano San Pietro (and for herself), what Peter Mayle did for Provence. Read full book review >

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A WHITE MERC WITH FINS by James Hawes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 1996

"Good to the last drop."
From first-time author Hawes, one of the most endearingly caustic—yet still deftly sincere—novels to come out of Britain since Martin Amis's The Rachel Papers. Read full book review >

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THE MATRIARCH by Sharon Hawes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2016

"A consistently eerie tale all the way to its smashing end."
In Hawes' (The Sitter, 2012) horror tale, a series of murders of men by women in a small California town seems to be tied somehow to a suddenly flourishing fig tree.Read full book review >

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MUTI’S NECKLACE by Louise Hawes
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2006

"Evocative pretend-papyrus papers and glowing, detailed watercolor-and-gouache pictures of the comely Pharaoh, his serving girls in richly adorned, diaphanous dresses and Egyptian icons galore give a fairy-tale feel to this immoderately romantic telling. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Inspired by an ancient tale (probably "The Story of the Green Jewel," although the author does not name it), and subtitled "The Oldest Story in the World" (which other sources identify as Gilgamesh), this is the story of Muti, "daughter of Egypt," who from birth has worn the precious turquoise-and-carnelian necklace crafted by her loving father. Read full book review >

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BLACK PEARLS by Louise Hawes
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 19, 2008

"A cover blurb from Holly Black coupled with Rebecca Guay's curvaceous pencil drawings will draw fans to this worthwhile collection of sensuous fantasy. (Fantasy/short stories. YA)"
Seven classic fairy tales receive mature, magical and sometimes erotic happily-never-after retellings. Read full book review >

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by Leila Roy

Her birthday, the day she died, the day she first realized she wanted to fly—if we tried, I’m sure that we could make any day into Bessie Coleman day. But today is an especially good pick, because ninety-six years ago, on June 15, 1921, Bessie Coleman earned her pilot’s license—the first African American woman, as well as the first woman ...


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