Search Results: "Esther Williams"


BOOK REVIEW

ESTHER by Rebecca Kanner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Kanner's second novel is animated but ultimately fails to leave a deep impression."
The book of Esther comes to life in this vivid novel based on the Old Testament tale. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 13, 1994

"Suspenseful and awful in its grisly details, but done with good taste and compassion."
Sanders (Fort Worth, 1984, etc.) puts the novelist's eye for detail and a sharp sense of pace to good use in this outstanding true-crime narrative about the rape and murder of a retired Oklahoma schoolteacher. Read full book review >

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MR. WILLIAMS by Karen Barbour
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"What a delightful way to show young readers 'how it was back then.' (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Mr. J.W. Williams grew up in rural Louisiana during the Depression. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEING ESTHER by Miriam Karmel
Released: April 2, 2013

"Karmel's debut novel is a quiet contemplation of a woman's final days."
Over the course of her last days, widowed Esther Lustig, 85 years old and determined to avoid being placed in Cedar Shores (aka Bingoville), reflects upon her life. Read full book review >

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I AM NOT ESTHER by Fleur Beale
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A somewhat predictable dénouement doesn't prevent this from being an engaging and credible survival story of an unusual nature. (Fiction. YA)"
While Kirby's mother is a most efficient and admired nurse, at home she can't seem to get it together, leaving the daily details to Kirby. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 13, 2004

"Despite the tawdry ending, Montville clearly had fun creating a playful buzz of words to raise the ghost of The Splendid Splinter."
Snazzy biography of The Kid that manages to be subtly characterful and thorough at the same time. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 1996

"A fascinating record, and a double window into the biographies of two major poets."
Spanning nearly a lifetime, from 1907 to 1963, the friendship between ``Liebes Ezrachen'' and ``Deer Bull'' makes up, in Pound's words, ``two halves of what might have made a fairly decent poet'' divided by ``the wide atlantic ocean.'' Their more than 50 years of animated letters started after a friendship at the University of Pennsylvania, continued through their ties to Imagism, then endured as they pursued their differing yet consonant ideas of poetry. Read full book review >

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TENNESSEE WILLIAMS by John Lahr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2014

"There is only one word for this biography: superb."
The tormented life of a celebrated American playwright. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS by Simon Heffer
Released: April 6, 2001

"Brevity may be the soul of wit, but biography often deserves a little bit more."
A slender biography of English composer Vaughan Williams that pays more attention to the music than the man. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 26, 1994

"Spankingly well-produced with superb illustrations."
The biographer of Nietzsche, Kafka, Brecht, Sartre, Proust and de Sade takes on Tennessee Williams with intelligent, neatly weighed but uninspired results. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAR HANK WILLIAMS by Kimberly Willis Holt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2015

"Soulful and satisfying. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Tate has gumption, and it's a good thing: She's the only one who has faith in her ability to sing—except for her little brother, Frog, and everyone seems surprised whenever Tate mentions him. Read full book review >