Search Results: "Gordon Chaplin"


BOOK REVIEW

CHAPLIN by Stephen Weissman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Find space on the crowded Chaplin shelf for this perceptive, literate take on the great screen clown."
A fresh entry in the evergreen field of works devoted to Charlie Chaplin. Read full book review >

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FULL FATHOM FIVE by Gordon Chaplin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A call to action leavened by Chaplin's recollections of a long-gone way of life, when his parents were part of the Duke of Windsor's social set on the Bahamas and he was a young boy sharing in his father's adventures at sea."
When Chaplin (Research Associate/Academy of Natural Sciences; Dark Wind: A Survivor's Tale of Love and Loss, 1999, etc.) was invited to accompany an expedition to the Bahamas to see the coral reefs, he was overjoyed at the chance to relive boyhood memories. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A so-so account."
A personal travelogue of Central America, fuzzily in the manner of Graham Greene. Read full book review >

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CHAPLIN & COMPANY by Mave Fellowes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2014

"Fellowes drives the novel at a leisurely pace and lets the characters unfold gradually and quirkily until we get to know them well."
A slow-moving novel—perhaps appropriate since much of it takes place on a narrow boat moored in London's Little Venice neighborhood—ultimately driven by characters...and charming they can be. Read full book review >

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GORDON PARKS by Ann Parr
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2006

"A substandard, message-driven production, of limited value to libraries. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Based on an interview with Parks, now in his 90s, and built on his mother's childhood challenge, "What a white boy can do, you can too—and no excuses," Parr's profile briefly traces the photographer/writer/filmmaker's career from early struggles in Minnesota to his memoir for adults, Hungry Heart (2005). Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The research seems sound enough, but one-dimensional characters and consistently clumsy prose doom this first of a series. There may be a story worth telling here, but the grandson of Sinclair Lewis hasn't found it yet."
Chunky, clunky debut novel about a one-time slave who fights Confederates, injustice, ignorance, racism, Native Americans, whatever—all superheroically. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE CHAPLIN by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A comprehensive look at Chaplin the man but lacking as a portrait of the artist and his legacy."
The life of a great filmmaker and lousy human being. Read full book review >

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FLORENCE GORDON by Brian Morton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Always a pleasure to read for his well-drawn characters, quiet insight and dialogue that crackles with wit, Morton here raises his own bar in all three areas. He also joins a sadly small club of male writers who have created memorable heroines."
Unexpected celebrity and long-absent family members distract a heroically cantankerous 1960s-era activist in the summer of 2009 as she reluctantly confronts the challenges of age. Read full book review >

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GORDON PARKS by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Parks' photography gave a powerful and memorable face to racism in America; this book gives him to young readers. (afterword, author's note, photographs) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
He aimed his camera lens at fashion models and at struggling African-American workers. Read full book review >