Search Results: "Esther Williams"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"With the help of L.A. media critic Diehl, this is written with humor and a sense of proportion that leaven the usual movie star bio. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Film star Williams reveals all, including how every hair and eyelash remained in place during the spectacular water ballets that were the core of most of her movies. Read full book review >

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TXTNG MAMA TXTNG BABY by Esther Hershenhorn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Good for a quick chuckle for tech-savvy grown-ups, but it sure doesn't offer much appeal for tots, digital natives or not. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Baby and Mama share their love in a series of text messages in this novelty title. Read full book review >

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TALKING TO ANGELS by Esther Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"A debut of uncommon, nearly perfect grace. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A book of beautiful mixed-media illustrations, with the look of children's scribbles: painted and repainted, scratched and drawn-over. 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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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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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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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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SPHINX'S QUEEN by Esther Friesner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

The sequel to Sphinx's Princess (2009) is an ancient Egyptian soap opera starring Nefertiti as a mouthy, gutsy teen. Read full book review >

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JENNY GOES TO SEA by Esther Averill
Released: Oct. 16, 1957

"But gallant Jenny manned the gangplank to delay sailing time until his return."
Fans who have followed the adventures of Jenny the cat should like this tale of feline foibles and fortitude. Read full book review >

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BOOK DOCTOR by Esther Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Arlette herself observes that it's 'easier to criticize people who were trying than to write herself,' but doesn't save Cohen's novel from failing to become more than the sum of its parts."
Book doctor Arlette seeks to create a book—and a life—of her own. Read full book review >

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JENNY'S MOONLIGHT ADVENTURE by Esther Averill
Released: June 15, 1949

"Vocabulary and type for second and third year readers."
I think these books about Jenny, the black Greenwich Village cat are delightful, and the fourth in the series which started with The Cat Club is again good fantasy, and an amusing story of how timid Jenny found she had courage to help a friend. Read full book review >