Search Results: "Helen Simpson"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN IN THE MAGIC STORM by Dana Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Weathering this storm should leave readers on cloud nine. (glossary, appendices) (Graphic fantasy. 6-11)"
In their sixth adventure, Phoebe and her best pal, Marigold the unicorn, must determine the cause of a magical storm. Read full book review >

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UNICORN VS. GOBLINS by Dana Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Fans of the series may appreciate its untiring comedic banter, but the endless sparkles and running jokes start to lose a bit of their luster, making this feel a bit like a one-trick pony—er, unicorn. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
In this third installment, Phoebe and her unicorn find themselves encountering yet more whimsical hilarity. Read full book review >

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PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN by Dana Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A sweet, spun-sugar confection just right for unicorn fans. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
A pink, bubble-gum bonbon of a tale spun of a likable, albeit self-centered, fourth-grader and her magical, self-obsessed, although sometimes-kind, unicorn. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Except for its simplistic conclusion (that the lax US war- crimes posture contributed to the souring of American-Soviet relations): revelatory and shocking investigative scholarship of a high order."
A disturbing report on how US bankers, lawyers, and diplomats responded to the Armenian massacres of WW I and the Holocaust. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 13, 1994

"The Other Jamaicans'' (in North of Jamaica, 1972) and his novel Riverside Drive (1962)."
A meager memoir from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Simpson (In the Room We Share, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >

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ONCE TOO OFTEN by Dorothy Simpson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 23, 1998

"In his 14th (A Day for Dying, 1996, etc.), Thanet, as usual, deftly unpeels the layers of unhappy deception shrouding the victim, though the result this time is a surprisingly long-winded anticlimax."
Filled with misgivings about his daughter's upcoming wedding to a much wealthier (but less obviously committed) fiancÇ, Inspector Luke Thanet can only pray that Bridget's marriage doesn't turn out like Jessica Dander's. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A good yarn with an appealing protagonist that inspires sadness for the Peruvian people and much distaste for their government. (8 pages b&w photos)"
A memorable report of a monthlong 1992 expedition to Peru, featuring daring, drugs, and despotism. Read full book review >