Search Results: "Gloria Kamen"


BOOK REVIEW

HIDDEN MUSIC by Gloria Kamen
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1996

"Dishearteningly, it lacks a discography that could bring the book's audience even closer to Felix and Fanny's music. (b&w illustrations, not seen, glossary, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
Felix Mendelssohn's music ushers in most marriages; his sister Fanny's music remains mostly unpublished and unperformed. Read full book review >

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TAKE ME OUT TO THE BAT AND BALL FACTORY by Peggy Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"The pictures, though a bit wooden, are perfectly serviceable and clear, rounding out this pleasant survey of an interesting subject. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-11)"
In a format that echoes that of the Magic Schoolbus titles, Thomson (City Kids in China, 1991, etc.) takes readers behind the scenes at the manufacturer of baseball bats and balls. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"A highly responsible and eye-opening work—and an excellent complement to Susan Faludi's Backlash (reviewed above)."
A startling view of the younger generation's attitude toward feminism, in which the older feminist generation is roundly criticized and a new style of exploration emerges. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"Well written and exactingly researched, of much appeal for professional historians and general readers with an interest in the world-systems view of things."
Wide-ranging survey considers Spain's conquest of much of the Americas in the light of conditions and developments back home. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"While its wealth of detail will appeal more to academics and other specialists than to lay readers, its clear prose makes it accessible to all."
A very well researched, kaleidoscopic study of late medieval and early modern Europe's most notorious—if hardly its most devastating—religious and racial witch hunt. Read full book review >

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PHILIP OF SPAIN by Henry Kamen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"Essential reading for all students of the turbulent 16th century. (32 illustrations, not seen) (History Book Club selection)"
A scholarly and comprehensive biography that reconsiders the reputation of King Philip II of Spain (152798). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2005

"Sharp, entertaining, informative, and blessedly free of poor-me-see-how-I-suffered-ism."
A darkly witty account of Kamen's long search for a cure for her headache, melded with a report on medicine's failure to solve the mystery of headaches and society's reluctance to take them seriously—especially when it's a woman who has them. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 2007

"Perhaps too wide-ranging, but proficiently covers enormous cultural and literary territory."
Another thorough survey of Spanish history and culture by accomplished British scholar Kamen (Empire: How Spain Became a World Power, 2003, etc.), focusing on the essential experience of mass exile over four decades in forming Spanish identity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 1, 2002

"Despite too many awkward recaps of the first in the series, the taut psychosexual tension and breakneck pace of events carry the story hurtling towards a cliffhanger ending that will leave fans on edge for the next installment. (Science fiction. 12+)"
Skurzynski revisits the near-future dystopia of her Virtual War (1997) in a Crichtonesque thriller with creepy Oedipal overtones. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUMMER OF THE WAR by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"An exceptional portrayal of how war becomes personal. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Summers on Turtle Island have always been perfect, an idyllic escape for Belle (14), her three siblings, parents and grandparents. Read full book review >