Search Results: "Helen Simpson"


BOOK REVIEW

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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GETTING A LIFE by Helen Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2001

"Drab, elitist victimhood dressed up in glittery prose."
A third collection from Somerset Maugham-winner Simpson (Four Bare Legs in a Bed, 1992, etc.): nine bitter stories, many loosely interconnected, about upper-middle-class British women overburdened by family. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Not every story has an environmental undercurrent, but it's hard to miss the warning in the collection as a whole."
Short and sharp, the latest stories from the award-winning British author are as pointed as ever, with many of them pointed toward imminent ecological disaster. Read full book review >

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FOUR BARE LEGS IN A BED by Helen Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Simpson's talent should improve with age."
Beautiful young Englishwomen and the men who disappoint them populate this tart and bitter debut collection by a former model and Vogue staff writer living in London—winner of the Somerset Maugham Award. ``I lay on the bed looking over my shoulder through a tangle of hair, across my dipping breast down to thighs like swan's wings. Read full book review >

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COCKFOSTERS by Helen Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2017

"Simpson's stories pack a quiet emotional power that extends beyond their pages."
Time is the essence of this spare, subtle short story collection. Read full book review >

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IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT by Helen Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2007

"A patchy, occasionally predictable collection, but Simpson and her material are, at their best, a perfect match."
Relationships, death and motoring connect 11 pithy stories by a celebrated British doyenne of the form. Read full book review >

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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 >

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HELEN HATH NO FURY by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 2000

"Some funny lines, even some wise ones, but the pace is slow and the territory overfamiliar."
Even though Edna Pontellier is fictitious—the embattled heroine of Kate Chopin's The Awakening—it's clear Helen Coulter takes her self-drowning personally. Read full book review >

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LOSING HELEN by Carol Becker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"A book written as much or more for the author as for any readership, but those going through similar trials will take much solace from the author's story."
A short and powerful evocation of a mother's death and of the events immediately preceding them. Read full book review >