Search Results: "Graham Petrie"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SIEGE by Graham Petrie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 18, 1996

"Petrie sets up some intriguing if unattractive elements, but his high style and unrelenting seriousness add up to little in the end—other than rather familiar meditations on the shifting nature of reality, all of them bleak."
A more realistic, if less successful, second novel by Petrie (see above). Read full book review >

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SEAHORSE by Graham Petrie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 18, 1996

"But Petrie's tone, like Poe's and Kafka's, is genuinely paranoid, resulting, all in all, in a chilling little tale."
The Ontario-based Petrie, who's published several film studies in the US, now addresses American readers with two dark, postmodern novels (see below), this first one originally published in 1980 in England. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 1995

"Despite Shelden's relentless animus for Greene as a person and a writer, this propaganda campaign can neither surpass nor subvert the Greene legend. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Trying to hunt down the controversial, complex Greene (190491) as the Harry Lime of the literary racket, Shelden (Orwell, 1991, etc.) succeeds less in decoding the deceptions of Greene's life than in creating a trail of false leads. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 14, 1973

"There is also an inductive introduction by Mr. Greene on how he now views the short story and on some of the curious circumstances in which a few of them were conceived."
Forty in all, representing a forty-year span, "a collection of escapes from the novelist's world" and combining those which appeared in May We Borrow Your Husband?, A Sense of Reality, Twenty-One Stories, as well as three which appear in book form for the first time. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2005

"Calculatingly inspirational while avoiding treacle."
An analysis of key factors and events in Graham's remarkable transition from acquiescent wife and mother to stalwart CEO of the Washington Post. Read full book review >

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MARTHA GRAHAM by Russell Freedman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 20, 1998

"Extraordinary black-and-white photographs coalesce with the clear and stimulating chronicle of her life and art, until a complete picture of a genius emerges from the pages of this enlightening, liberating volume. (Biography. 10-15)"
In a biography as elegant as its subject, Freedman (Out of Darkness, 1997, etc.) delves into the life of the dance pioneer who not only revolutionized modern dance but married it with theater, music, literature, and art in a dazzling and emotional way. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2006

This attractively designed, if routine, biography of Bell combines period photos on each page with a simply phrased account that notes the inventor's lifelong interest in working with deaf people along with his development of the telephone, several other sound-related devices and even an airplane. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"An effective marriage of text and photographs, and a succinct portrait of a decent man and a remarkable scientist. (Book-of-the-Month Club featured selection; History Book Club alternate selection)"
Great inventors tend to become so closely identified with their most famous invention that their very lives become obscured. Read full book review >

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THE GRAHAM CRACKER PLOT by Shelley Tougas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Readers will find themselves rooting for Daisy and Graham and for it all to turn out all right. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Daisy's life is messy, out of control, and filled with madly improbable characters and crazy escapades. Read full book review >

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ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL by Elizabeth MacLeod
Released: April 1, 1999

"This is just a glimpse of the man, of course, and those who want to take a longer look can start with either the web sites listed at the back, or move on to Tom L. Matthews's Always Inventing (p. 69). (index) (Biography. 8-10)"
In what has, for no discernable reason, become a rush to publish biographies of Bell, this emerges as the least formal, most approachable of the pack. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1999

"The lack of a bibliography is the only disappointment; Fisher finds plenty to admire in Bell, as will readers. (diagrams, chronology) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
The downcast eyes and grave expressions of the monumental figures in Fisher's paintings set a tone that occasionally contradicts the text's exuberance, e.g., Bell's "joyous capacity for learning all there was to know about the universe grew as large as his waistline"—but this recap of the inventor's character and accomplishments is engrossing reading and a grand tribute to an extraordinary imagination. Read full book review >