Search Results: "Emma Austen"


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EMMA by Paola  Opal
Kirkus Star
by Paola Opal, illustrated by Paola Opal
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"This sweet and simple offering is ideal for sharing one-on-one or for featuring with a small audience in a program celebrating family or, even better, small acts of kindness and love. (Board book. 1-3)"
This volume in the Simply Small board-book series introduces Emma, a little hedgehog with a heart of gold. Read full book review >

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"The first volume of what promises to be a fulfilling science-fiction trilogy.
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Austen's debut fantasy is the account of beast-like Silas, whose unintentional rescue of a beautiful barmaid from obscurity will have lasting consequences on the fate of his homeland, Larasca. Read full book review >

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EMMA by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"In less capable hands, it could all seem clunky and crass. Instead, McCall Smith has written a delightfully droll, thoughtful novel that reflects on money's enduring role in relationships as well as on the nature of this meddlesome heroine's long-lived appeal."
In the latest installment of the Austen Project, McCall Smith (The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe, 2014, etc.) catapults snobbish matchmaker Emma Woodhouse into the 21st century.Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN by Deirdre Le Faye
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"This is likely to be dry work for readers unfamiliar with the novels, but even if diverting anecdotes are rare, the volume is concise, serviceable, and authoritative. (further reading, chronology, index) (Biography. 12+)"
This entry in the British Library Writers' Lives series begins with an admission that a paucity of documentary evidence puts Austen "a bit beyond camera range." Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN by David Nokes
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Nokes's portrait of a less-than-perfect Austen, then, while it offers new insights and a wealth of detail, employs too much imagination and takes too narrow a perspective to finally satisfy. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
While this much-needed revisionist biography sheds new light on the great novelist, it too often obscures the facts of her life behind webs of speculation about what she and her intimates might have thought or felt. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"As always, for those attuned to Austen, and to Aiken's imaginative, respectful variations, simply charming."
Another of Aiken's playful yet hearty romantic fancies, with a cast lifted (respectfully) from the luminously peopled novels of Jane Austen. Read full book review >

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OH, EMMA by Barbara Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A welcome change from tales about upper-middle-class professionals. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Emma enjoys her friends in the projects, but her family's three-bedroom apartment is too small and they can't have pets. Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN by Catherine Reef
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 18, 2011

"Perhaps this work will lead readers to Jane Austen and imaginatively apply the facts of the author's life to the novels—or vice-versa. (afterword, family trees, notes, selected bibliography, index) (Biography. 12 & up)"
It is either daring or foolish—or both—to use the subtitle, "A Life Revealed," when the biographer states that little is known about the biographee. Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN by Claire Tomalin
Released: Nov. 17, 1997

"Recommended for those seeking a brief introduction to Austen's life, times, and work; those wishing to burrow deep into the author's consciousness will want to consult Nokes. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
The second major Austen biography of the season expertly places the great novelist in her historical moment, without attempting to fully plumb her psyche. Read full book review >

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EMMA GOLDMAN by Vivian Gornick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Such a slim volume necessarily glosses over details that would dramatize Goldman's larger-than-life persona, but Gornick lucidly presents her subject's significance within a fascinating historical moment."
A brief biography of the turn-of-the-century anarchist once considered the "most dangerous woman in the world." Read full book review >

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LEAVING EMMA by Nancy Steele Brokaw
Released: April 19, 1999

"Although Brokaw drifts into the mundane in order to see Emma's dilemmas to a conclusion, she often surprises readers with a well-turned phrase. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The first chapter of this well-written novel may be the best, attracting readers to the story of an only child whose special friend Tem is moving away. Read full book review >