Search Results: "Frances McCullough"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Isn't there something a little tacky about this kind of recycling job when our shelves are already bulging with bright but ephemeral creations and adaptations?"
The compilers of this collection—a cookbook editor and a restaurant owner—have gathered easy recipes for a contemporary assortment of simple dishes (the publishers call it ``new-style comfort food'') from dozens of other well-known cookbook authors and recipe writers, many of whom are perky interpreters themselves. Read full book review >

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CAESAR by Colleen McCullough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 1997

"Maps, glossary, and photos of sculptured portraits of the time. (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection/Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
The story of Caesar's Gallic Wars (roughly 5851 b.c.) and return to Rome warfare, followed fictively and, in the main, meticulously, from Caesar's Commentaries. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2002

"A rousing and richly satisfying take on some of history's real beings."
Sixth and last in McCullough's series detailing the death throes of the Roman Republic (Caesar, 1997, etc.): an intelligent page-turning epic that seamlessly mixes love, gore, and ambition. Read full book review >

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DON'T EXPECT MAGIC by Kathy McCullough
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Fans of the burgeoning paranormal-humor genre will find plenty to like in this debut. (Paranormal comedy. 12 & up)"
Reeling from her mother's unexpected death, a teen curmudgeon is packed off to live with her distant father, a life coach who is secretly an actual fairy godfather, in this slyly humorous, but predictable romance. Read full book review >

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MORGAN’S RUN by Colleen McCullough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2000

"Bracing stuff. Like the Victorian novelists she emulates, McCullough (Caesar, 1997, etc.) can simultaneously instruct and inspire—and wring a tear or two."
McCullough takes a Roman holiday and returns to more familiar territory—her native Australia—to tell the tale of an unjustly convicted man transported to the penal colony of Botany Bay. Read full book review >

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THE GRASS CROWN by Colleen McCullough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"With glossary and maps. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for November)"
Volume two of McCullough's triumphant Roman series. Read full book review >

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FORTUNE'S FAVORITES by Colleen McCullough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 1993

"But the author's fidelity to sources, her witty glossary, and strong narration offer some firm ground and exciting speculation. (Maps and illustrations) (Literary Guild Dual Selection for January; First printing of 100,000)"
In her third majestic tale of Rome (83-69 B.C.), McCullough spotlights three mighty beings and the frictive sparks from their occasional interactions: Sulla, Dictator of Rome, whose early career was chronicled in The First Man in Rome (1990) and The Grass Crown (1991); the military juggernaut Pompey; and the great Julius Caesar, ``the greatest prime mover of them all.'' Again, McCullough brings order to the mighty tangle of battles and political strategies of ancient heavyweights—in the Forum Romanum or in the tents of war. Read full book review >

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THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD by David McCullough
NON-FICTION
Released: March 18, 1968

"Perhaps of local interest-but it lacks the Lord-ly touch."
The Johnstown Flood was one of the greatest natural disasters of all time (actually manmade, since it was precipitated by a wealthy country club dam which had long been the source of justified misgivings). Read full book review >

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SCHOOL FOR SIDEKICKS by Kelly McCullough
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Leaps the tottering stack of similar 'sidekick' novels in a single bound. (Superhero fantasy. 11-13)"
Disquieting revelations await a fledgling teenager at superhero school. Read full book review >

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WHO NEEDS MAGIC? by Kathy McCullough
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 9, 2013

"A fun paranormal comedy with an overarching message about being one's true self and the power of honesty, it will be welcomed by fans of the first. (Paranormal comedy. 12 & up)"
Two teen fairy godmothers with drastically different styles duel it out in this mostly clever follow-up to Don't Expect Magic (2011). Read full book review >

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CAESAR'S WOMEN by Colleen McCullough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Once again with illustrations, maps, and McCullough's chatty glossary, a pleasure to consult. (Film rights to Filmalpha; author tour)"
Fourth novel in the author's ancient Rome series. Read full book review >

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THE WRIGHT BROTHERS by David McCullough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"An educational and inspiring biography of seminal American innovators."
A charmingly pared-down life of the "boys" that grounds their dream of flight in decent character and work ethic. Read full book review >