Search Results: "Esther Tyldesley"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Prolix, tangential and engrossing, Xinran's interviews offer an invaluable social history that textbooks don't reveal."
London-based Chinese journalist Xinran (Sky Burial: A Love Story of Tibet, 2005, etc.) gathers her emotional, informative interviews with Chinese elders. Read full book review >

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SKY BURIAL by Xinran Xue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2005

"A picaresque fairy tale with elements of National Geographic, but also lovely, spare and mystical."
A romantic quest, begun in Mao's China, turns into an epic of endurance—and a spiritual parable. Read full book review >

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JENNY'S FIRST PARTY by Esther Averill
Released: March 3, 1948

"A distinctive and lovely little book with the tender touch of one who loves children and animals."
The cat, Jenny, known to those who read The Cat Club and The School for Cats goes on a night's carousal in search of a party, with her friends, Pickles and Florio. Read full book review >

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LUCKY BREAK by Esther Freud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"News brings a touch of irony to the red carpet."
Glimpsed in scenes spanning 14 years, a handful of aspiring actors suffer professional highs, lows, indignities and strokes of fortune in this absorbing, lightly comic novel by the noted British writer. Read full book review >

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PEERLESS FLATS by Esther Freud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Sensitive, subtly humorous, and evocative of the underside of London life, but without the depth or resolution of a satisfying novel."
Actress/second-novelist Freud (Hideous Kinky, 1992) returns with a limp tale of an acting student enduring poverty, a shattered family life, and postadolescent sexual confusion in a shabby backwater of modern-day London. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Benbassa's history, then, informs the way most encyclopedia entries do: It is helpfully fact-laden, but its lack of sparkle—particularly the absence of memorable anecdotes and quotations—leaves the reader hungry for a more colorful history."
An overly brief, dryly informative history or the world's fifth largest Jewish community (after the US, Israel, Russia, and Ukraine). Read full book review >

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LOVE FALLS by Esther Freud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2007

"Familiar characters and situations, smooth but lackluster prose and oversaturated local color."
In Freud's sixth book (The Sea House, 2004, etc.), 17-year-old Lara accompanies the father she barely knows to stay with his ailing friend Caroline at her Italian villa. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"Tyldesley works closely from surviving texts and fragmentary monuments to recreate vividly an outstanding woman of the ancient past."
An absorbing scholarly biography, based on a meticulous review of the archaeological record, of a remarkable woman who ruled as pharaoh for 20 years in Egypt's Eighteenth Dynasty (c. 1490 b.c.). Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A satisfying blend of historical fact and strong, informed opinion about one of history's most captivating figures."
A new biography of the Macedonian ruler attempts to debunk many myths surrounding her legacy. Read full book review >

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NEFERTITI by Joyce Tyldesley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"A thoughtful and well-researched re-creation of an extraordinary ancient personality. (16 pages b&w photos, 38 figures, 2 maps)"
In Hatchepsut (1996), Tyldesley (Archaeology/Liverpool Univ., England) brought to life an obscure female ruler of ancient Egypt's 18th Dynasty. Read full book review >

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TUTANKHAMEN by Joyce Tyldesley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2012

"Tyldesley does an admirable detective job of reconstructing the boy king's narrative. Proves that there is no end to the fascination, and speculation, around this subject."
A catch-all study by a British Egyptologist of the most famous boy king of the 18th Dynasty. Read full book review >

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THE CONFE$$ION$ AND $ECRET$ OF HOWARD J. FINGERHUT by Esther Hershenhorn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2002

"Reading this might not 'change your life,' as Howie suggests, but no one will be able to resist its spirit. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Many entrepreneurs write about their successes, but Howie Fingerhut tells it all in his how-to book for success. Read full book review >