Search Results: "Gwen von Harten"


BOOK REVIEW

GIDGET HAS A GLITCH by Bright Bunny
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 7, 2011

"Nevertheless, it is worth tinkering around in, if mostly for the praiseworthy character of its protagonist. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
This boy-robot friendship story, while missing a few nuts and bolts, runs on bigger ideas: imagination, creativity, determination and hope. Read full book review >

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GWEN by Carolyn Pogue
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Sprinkled with bits of poetry and song, this page-turner offers readers nary a dull moment. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-15)"
This rich historical novel presents readers with a plucky heroine who has the heart of a poet. Read full book review >

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GWEN JOHN by Sue Roe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"An impressive portrait of a 'busy, daring, and eventful life,' profoundly independent and intellectual, though also melancholic."
British novelist and poet Roe (The Spitfire Factory, not reviewed, etc.) pens a well-tempered, bracing biography of the painter too often trivialized as Augustus John's sister or Auguste Rodin's lover. Read full book review >

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VON LAGERHAUS by Dave DiGrazie
Released: Nov. 10, 2011

"A thoughtful, charming story of transformation and self-knowledge."
A group of strangers traveling through a surreal afterlife learn about themselves and each other as they seek a mysterious man named Von Lagerhaus. Read full book review >

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VON BRAUN by Michael J. Neufeld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2007

"Densely packed with political and technical detail, but nonetheless engrossing: the defining work on a still-controversial figure."
Judicious biography of the Nazis' chief rocket designer, who went on to lead the U.S. space program. Read full book review >

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PATRICIA VON PLEASANTSQUIRREL by James Proimos
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Illustrated with simple cartoons in yellow, purple and gray, this tongue-in-cheek mini-epic will have parents and younger fans of Proimos' offbeat Johnny Mutton tales snickering. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Inspired by a certain children's classic about a "silly boy with no social graces" who becomes king of the Wild Things, snotty young Patricia decides to leave home in search of the princessdom she is sure that she deserves. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Johnny's'' romp through world affairs is dutifully recounted, the private motivations of this hard-drinking, power-loving genius remain, in quintessential 50's style, drowned in nervous laughter. (B&w photos—16 pages—not seen.)"
Macrae, former editor of the Economist and author of The 2025 Report (1985), offers an oddly jocular biography of the Hungarian mathematical prodigy who would become a highly influential cold warrior before his death in 1957—an account whose credibility is hindered by the author's unabashed reverence for his subject. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 14, 1990

Humboldt, a late 18th-century Prussian scientist, was revered by his contemporaries as "the man who knew everything." Read full book review >

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HERBERT VON KARAJAN by Richard Osborne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2000

"Perhaps overlong, this gem of a biography should be the standard reference on an indisputable musical genius."
A superb biography of a great conductor who was dogged by controversy throughout his career. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT GWEN STACY DIED by Sarah Bruni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2013

"Bruni writes dark passages and playful moments with equal aplomb. The world is her oyster."
Spider-Man lore is one layer of this superbly suspenseful first novel about two loners, improbable lawbreakers, on a mission to Chicago. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 1999

"A lively satire on 19th-century German paternalism and a forthright fable of women's empowerment, this only slightly dated tale is in fact an entertaining and rewarding work, and very much worth rediscovering."
paper 0-8032-9620-7 The Life Of High Countess Gritta Von Ratsinourhouse ($35.00; paper $15; Aug. 23; 154 pp.; 0-8032-4665-X; paper 0-8032-9620-7): Completed in 1845 but not published in full until 1986, this is an agreeable romantic fantasy—the single collaboration of a mother and daughter writing team about a spirited young girl who escapes with 11 companions from a repressive convent school, survives shipwreck, and eventually founds a utopian commune in which women are their own masters. Read full book review >

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BARON VON BADDIE AND THE ICE RAY INCIDENT by George McClements
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Fans of Bob McLeod's Superhero ABC (2006) and like spoofs will chuckle. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a less-than-serious take on the banality of evil, a supergenius Bad Guy discovers that escaping from jail, building giant robots and acting the bully is no fun without a Superhero around to put the kibosh on his schemes. Read full book review >