Search Results: "Elizabeth Laird"


BOOK REVIEW

ELIZABETH by Lisa Hilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Mildly revisionist, well-argued, and thoroughly satisfying."
There is no shortage of biographies of Britain's Elizabeth I (1533-1603), but readers should pay attention to this thoughtful, often ingenious account. Read full book review >

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ELIZABETH by Sarah Bradford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 16, 1996

"No tabloid hype here, but this authoritative biography has enough revealing nuggets scattered through an otherwise flat narrative to keep a royal watcher enthralled. (17 color and 39 b&w photos) (Author tour)"
In the year of her 70th birthday, Elizabeth II of England comes under scrutiny as mother (not quite good enough), wife (better), and constitutional monarch (outstanding). Read full book review >

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ELIZABETH by John Guy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"One of the best biographies of Elizabeth ever."
The Whitbread Award-winning author delivers an outstanding biography of Queen Elizabeth (1533-1603). Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Moloney says she found her voice through writing her memoir; readers, however, may not be able to follow what she's saying."
Ex-nun Moloney's debut memoir chronicles a life bound by the expectations of others, turned around with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous, Jungian analysis and New Age spirituality. Read full book review >

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ELIZABETH by J. Randy Taraborrelli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2006

"Overly worshipful, but you'd have to be quite jaded to be bored by this chronicle of a miniseries life."
Veteran diva-disher Taraborrelli, who has written about Cher, Madonna and Princess Grace, turns his pen on the silver screen starlet of the century. Read full book review >

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ELIZABETH by David Starkey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 2000

"Reveals a livelier Liz: lovely, clever, wise, and—like all the other Tudors—possessed of the 'besetting sin' of 'rapacity.' (16 pp. color photos and illustrations)"
In brisk, bracing prose, a freelance historian follows England's first Queen Elizabeth from birth to the early days of her reign. Read full book review >

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SECRET FRIENDS by Elizabeth Laird
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Short, plain sentences and wide margins may have some appeal for struggling readers, but it'll be hard for them to squeeze out tears when everything happens so cursorily. (Fiction. 11-14)"
From Laird (Kiss the Dust, 1992, etc.), a brief tale of a friend quickly won and lost to a sudden, unexpected death in this British novella. Read full book review >

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THE BETRAYAL OF MAGGIE BLAIR by Elizabeth Laird
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2011

"If Maggie sometimes seems oddly naïve for a person of such an age at that time, her point of view will resonate with teenagers today, as will her death-defying journey, her scrappiness and determination in the face of extreme poverty and little love. (Historical fiction. 11-16)"
Sixteen-year-old Maggie lives a poor life in 17th-century Scotland with her Granny, whose ill temper, foul mouth and skills at healing make her an easy target for the witch-hunting church. Read full book review >

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KISS THE DUST by Elizabeth Laird
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1992

"An important contribution to the growing number of refugee stories. (Fiction. 10+)"
Here, Laird, author of a poignant first novel about the effects of a hydrocephalic baby on his family (Loving Ben, 1989), portrays the journey of a Kurdish refugee family—a story based on the real experiences in the mid-80's of Iraqi Kurds now living in England. Read full book review >

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SINFUL SCOTTISH LAIRD  by Julia London
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"The story is absorbing and entertaining, and the author can be forgiven for writing a compelling heroine and a rather humdrum hero."
An 18th-century widow must remarry to fulfill the terms of her late husband's will. Read full book review >

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PEA BOY by Elizabeth Laird
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A wonderful blend of traditional stories and original art that reflects the customs of this country. (Folktales. 7-10)"
The engaging storyteller, who visited Iran both before and after the Islamic Revolution, gives some historical and political background in her introduction, but her focus is rightly on the people and their tales. Read full book review >

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THE CROFTER AND THE LAIRD by John McPhee
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1970

"Original appearance in The New Yorker."
An amusing and delightful miniature concerning the Scottish island of Colonsay, seventeen square miles of dews and damp twenty-five miles off the coast. Mr. McPhee and his family, descendants after many misty generations, of a clan which had been overcome by a pack of MacDonalds on Colonsay, visited on the island and became acquainted with the 138 people living serenely thereon. Read full book review >