Search Results: "Gioia Francella"


BOOK REVIEW

TIDY MICE TALES by Gioia Francella
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2013

"The graphics in this simple app are irresistibly cute, but the incongruently rhymed story could use a little tidying up. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
Rodents go wild—with cleaning supplies, that is. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DELTA BLUES by Ted Gioia
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 20, 2008

"Comprehensive and smart—a solid text for blues aficionados."
The back roads of the blues are traveled anew in a biography-driven history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HISTORY OF JAZZ by Ted Gioia
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Although Gioia is much too generous to jazz-rock fusion of the '70s and '80s and probably gives more space than necessary to white dance bands like the Casa Loma orchestra, if you wanted to introduce someone to jazz with a single book, this would be a good choice. (9 b&w photos, not seen)"
Gioia, musician and critic, winner of the ASCAPDeems Taylor Award for The Imperfect Art (not reviewed) takes on a daunting task, tracing the history of jazz from preCivil War New Orleans to the embattled music of today—and does a creditable job of it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COLLECTION by Gioia Diliberto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Anyone with even the mildest interest in clothing will enjoy this knowledgeable, readable account of a pivotal year in haute couture."
A young woman from the French provinces watches Chanel reinvent high fashion in an enjoyable second novel from Diliberto (I Am Madame X, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I AM MADAME X by Gioia Diliberto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2003

"Agreeable entertainment along the lines of Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Passion of Artemesia."
Biographer Diliberto makes a credible fiction debut with the "memoir" of the woman whose portrait by John Singer Sargent scandalized the 1884 Paris Salon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE SISTER FOR SALE by Morse Hamilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A warm, satisfying story of natural rivalry resolved—for the moment. (Picture book. 4-8)"
After little Abby not only cuts the hair of Kate's favorite doll but borrows Kate's toothbrush (``Maybe it fell in the toilet,'' Abby suggests when confronted), Kate has had enough. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY FRIEND THE SPIDER by Gloria Francella
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 22, 2014

"This app is definitely above average. With a faster response time and a more interesting storyline it could sweep the golds. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
Beautiful illustrations carry this so-so app about a bird's friendship with a spider. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HADLEY by Gioia Diliberto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"Holds Hadley and Hemingway in a clean mirror full of Paris mornings. (Three eight-page photo inserts—not seen.)"
A life of Ernest Hemingway's first wife and a quite moving return to A Moveable Feast; by the author of 1987's well-received Debutante: The Story of Brenda Frazier. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The sense you finally come away with is wistfulness: a good mind paddling manfully on, looking for an intellectual mainstream it never quite finds—and that may never have been there in the first place."
As a nonacademic poet and critic (for years he was a business executive), Gioia is rightfully appalled at the capture of poetry by the English departments of the land, and at how, in this enervating captivity, it has become trivialized, been made uniform, and lost all general readership. Read full book review >