Search Results: "Helen Humphreys"


BOOK REVIEW

LEAVING EARTH by Helen Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Everything about the airplane—with its 40-gallon gas tank and top speed of 80 mph—is marvelously done, as are the locales of long-ago Toronto, but the tales and characters that keep the rest going just don—t hold their altitude, declining toward the tones of a YA."
Canadian Humphreys debuts with the story of two women pilots who try, in August 1933, to break a record by staying aloft for 25 days—in a novel with plenty of period interest but less depth—or height—of psychology and character than could be wished. Read full book review >

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THE LOST GARDEN by Helen Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Images here—the girls' chalk drawings on blackout curtains, the flowers in the secret garden—can be breathtaking, but such abundant literary artifice keeps the reader at bay."
A slight, chiseled story about a lonely horticulturalist who plants a garden for the Women's Land Army during WWII. Read full book review >

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HELEN by Anita Mishook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A well-structured, compelling historical tale.
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A young, Jewish, Polish-American immigrant moves from New York to California and reluctantly infiltrates a pro-Nazi organization in this novel. Read full book review >

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THE EVENING CHORUS by Helen Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Humphreys deserves more recognition for the emotional intensity and evocative lyricism of her seemingly straightforward prose and for her ability to quietly squirrel her way into the reader's heart."
Humphreys (Nocturne, 2013, etc.) offers a heartbreaking yet redemptive story about loss and survival surrounding a British prisoner of war during World War II and the wife he barely got to know before his capture. Read full book review >

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AFTERIMAGE by Helen Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2001

"More than capably written, and redeemed by many stunning moments, but a little too rigorously staged to be fully convincing."
The presence of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre—as both this novel's partial inspiration and its heroine's own favorite book—adds considerable romantic-gothic flavor to a leisurely tale of a young maidservant's enlightening and disillusioning "education." Read full book review >

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THE FROZEN THAMES by Helen Humphreys
Released: March 24, 2009

"Forty vibrant protagonists give depth and variety to this magical collection."
A dreamy, poetic evocation of winters past. Read full book review >

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COVENTRY by Helen Humphreys
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"With stark, precise poetry, Humphreys builds a palpable, almost unbearable sense of inevitability and loss that echoes both John Hersey's Hiroshima and Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach."
The underappreciated Humphreys (Wild Dogs, 2005, etc.) offers a journey through the dark night of the soul that was the November 14, 1940, bombing of Coventry. Read full book review >

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WILD DOGS by Helen Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Mysterious, poetic, suspenseful, heartbreaking: magnificent fiction that evokes the complex connection between humans and the natural world in language that brings to mind Margaret Atwood's Surfacing."
Exquisite novel by Humphreys (The Lost Garden, 2002, etc.) explores how humans are attracted to and fearful of the wildness they sense within themselves and those they love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HELEN KELLER by Elizabeth MacLeod
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The lack of notes, bibliography or online resources further mar this book. (Biography. 6-8)"
Helen Keller's inspiring story has a way of making it into most elementary-school curricula. Read full book review >

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HELEN KELLER by George Sullivan
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Satisfying the requirement for 100-page biography reports, this adds little else to the field. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
The compelling lives of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan are interwoven with quotations from their own writing in a choppy, flat, rehashing of the now-familiar story of Keller's vast potential and the brilliant teaching skills that grew to make Helen's social and intellectual life rich, but negated any semblance of a personal life for Anne. Read full book review >

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HELEN KELLER by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"A nice introduction to a fascinating life for the very youngest of readers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Young Helen Keller cannot hear, see or speak, but she knows the scent of vanilla cake coming out of the oven, the feel of her mother's fancy silk dress and that the dog is tense because the horses are outside. Read full book review >

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HELEN KELLER by Laurie Lawlor
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

Helen Keller was a hero and an icon in her own age as well as in ours: she lost her sight and hearing at 19 months; she was brought into the world of language by a young and fiercely determined teacher; she went to college, supported herself, and published voluminously at a time when women could scarcely do those things at all, let alone as disabled women. Read full book review >