Search Results: "Francine du Plessix Gray"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 18, 2012

"An accurate but lifeless retelling."
Du Plessix Gray attempts to fictionalize the love of Marie Antoinette's life, without much success. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Serviceable but ultimately uninspiring."
Biographer/novelist/journalist du Plessix Gray (Them, 2005, etc.) brings her personal and professional expertise in French culture, letters, politics and history to a short biography of the celebrated liberal writer and political provocateur. Read full book review >

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THEM by Francine du Plessix Gray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2005

"Famous names and juicy stories, served up with literary elegance."
Distinguished journalist, novelist and biographer du Plessix Gray (Simone Weil, 2001, etc.) turns her descriptive and analytic powers to the legendary lives of her glamorous, Russian-born mother and stepfather. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 11, 1998

"Gray's sharp and vivid prose, together with her skills as a storyteller, give this biography its edge over the scholars whose works have preceded it."
Despite his manic promiscuities and a conspicuous gift for generating catastrophe, the Marquis de Sade was, according to Gray, a happily married man. Read full book review >

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SIMONE WEIL by Francine du Plessix Gray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 25, 2001

"A superbly nuanced portrait of a tortured character."
A lucid portrait of the enigmatic French writer and mystic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 18, 1994

"A vivid and absorbing account—but Colet is as unsympathetic as Madame Bovary, remaining an unknown, misguided figure of unfulfilled passions and talents, a heroine in a naughty novel, famous for the scenes she made and the men she loved."
To ``reinstate a colleague'' and ``resurrect another woman,'' Gray, novelist (October Blood, 1985) and journalist (Soviet Women, 1990), has composed a life and sexual history of Colet (1810-76), poet, political and fashion journalist, dramatist, and muse to Flaubert, by whom, after their tempestuous affair, she was immortalized as Madame Bovary. Read full book review >

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FRANCINE by John Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A dramatically taut tale propelled by artful characterization and political relevance."
A corporate novel chronicles a young woman's meteoric rise at a coal mining company. Read full book review >

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GRAY by Pete Wentz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Accomplished, though the mean-spirited denouement may put off some readers, and the lead's lack of transformation gives it a dark undercurrent."
A young rock star marinates himself in psychotropic drugs, ruminates on life on the road and pines away for his girl. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 1993

"A masterly appreciation of a great man's intellectual development and singular service in a righteous crusade. (Thirty- two pages of photographs—not seen)"
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963) has finally found a Boswell worthy of his achievements as an African-American reformer who fought for human rights in the US and the wider world. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 14, 1991

"The anchor of tradition, though, and of conformity to Jewish dietary law, makes this a lot more viable than the author's last offering, Francine Prince's New Diet for Life Cookbook (1989)."
What's new (besides the use of the food processor) about the variously Jewish recipes that Prince has devised for this collection? Read full book review >

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W.E.B. DU BOIS by W.E.B. Du Bois
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 2, 1995

"An indispensable—and remarkably relevant—assemblage of writings."
W.E.B. Du Bois lived nearly a century, from 1868 to 1963. Read full book review >

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MADAME DU BARRY by Joan Haslip
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"The lavish language recalls the style of Regency novels, for which this could serve as a reference. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
In this brief romantic biography of the last mistress of Louis XV, Haslip (Marie Antoinette, 1988, etc.), now 80, brings a special charm to the story of du Barry (1743-93), whose legendary beauty brought both rewards and penalties: power, wealth, envy, fear, and, ultimately, death. Read full book review >