Search Results: "Hilary Spurling"


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PEARL BUCK IN CHINA by Hilary Spurling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2010

"Does little to rehabilitate Buck's literary reputation, but respectfully resets her life and work in its appropriate contexts."
A biographical consideration of Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), an author few take seriously today. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2003

"A convincing and affecting corrective: an act of admiration, and love. (49 b&w illustrations)"
A fond remembrance of an alluring young editor who married the dying author of Animal Farm and steadfastly administered his literary affairs thereafter, earning the enmity of some Orwell partisans. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 5, 1998

"Matisse's genius was to make conscious subjectivity the defining force of his painting; Spurling, in this first volume of his biography, excels by revealing the forces that shaped both the man and his aesthetic. (24 pages color and 152 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A masterfully written biography of Matisse, whose dedication to an art of "balance, purity, and tranquility" was his primary defense against a life of hardship, disruption, and loss. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2005

"Rich and colorful, if somewhat bulky, tribute to a visionary. (24 pp of color illustrations, 159 B&W illustrations)"
The concluding volume of the first biography of the groundbreaking artist Henri Matisse, offering compelling insight and tiresome domestic details. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1991

"Scott has found a generous and insightful biographer. (Photographs-not seen.)"
The 1983 TV mini-series The Jewel in the Crown, adapted from The Raj Quartet, exposed millions on both sides of the Atlantic to the work of British novelist Scott, who had died five years previously. Read full book review >

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HILARY AND THE LIONS by Frank DeSaix
Released: Oct. 24, 1990

Separated from her parents on a visit to New York, Hilary curls up at the foot of the library lions—which then come to lite and take her on a city tour before returning her to her hotel. Read full book review >

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HILARY AND THE TROUBLEMAKERS by Kathleen Leverich
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Hilary's highly imaginative alibis are so real to her that- -unlike her family and her teacher—she quite believes in them. Read full book review >

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HILARY RODHAM CLINTON by Kathleen Krull
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"No matter—she was propelling her way into history.' (author's notes, sources) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
When young Hillary Rodham's hopes of joining NASA as an astronaut were dashed because she was a girl, she didn't stop dreaming or doing, all the way (almost) to the top. Read full book review >

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A FAIRY CALLED HILARY by Linda Leopold Strauss
Released: April 15, 1999

"In her wonderful frolic, Strauss mingles ordinary events and enchantment with ease; the fun is complemented by charmingly droll black-and-white drawings. (Fiction. 7-11)"
A very funny little book about a fairy and the family she elects to live with after they confess they believe in her. Read full book review >

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THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS by John Spurling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2014

"A thoroughly enjoyable literary sojourn by a master of historical fiction."
With this richly told historical novel, English author Spurling (A Book of Liszts, 2011, etc.) takes readers back to the China of seven centuries ago. Read full book review >

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THE NEXT ONE TO FALL by Hilary Davidson
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"The mystery is a bit over the top, but Lily's feelings for her sister ring painfully true, and Davidson's rendering of Machu Picchu and Cusco would merit a pisco sour toast even from the great Jan Morris."
An attempt to overcome grief with a trip to fascinating Machu Picchu leads to even more wild intrigue. Read full book review >