Search Results: "Hilary Spurling"


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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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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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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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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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ELIXIR by Hilary Duff
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Nice-guy supporters will resent the bum rap Duff gives to Ben, Clea's other admirer, but they're the wrong audience for this purple, obsessive, murderrific series opener. (Paranormal romance/horror. YA)"
Ludicrous wish-fulfillment trappings surround immortality, gore and passion. Read full book review >

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PERMANENT ROSE by Hilary McKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"This fine, funny sequel, with its wonderful dialogue and utterly effortless-seeming weave of plots and characters, stands on its own, but readers will certainly want to get their hands on the first two. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Readers who have fallen in love with the eccentric, cheerfully chaotic Casson family from the award-winning Saffy's Angel (2002) and Indigo's Star (2004) may initially resent the intrusion of David, the enormous ex-tormenter of Indigo, who seems as if he'll never be accepted into the fold. Read full book review >

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THE EXILES AT HOME by Hilary McKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"The Conroy sisters are slightly too eccentric to gain the devotion and sympathy of their readers, but kids will be amused at their bizarre antics. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Ruth, Naomi, Rachel, and Phoebe Conroy are up to their old mischief in this sequel to The Exiles (1992). Read full book review >

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ON ISLAND TIME by Hilary Stewart
Released: July 1, 1998

"Stewart's successful embrace of island life is a good primer for anyone wanting to know the upside of a move to the country. (150 illustrations)"
Perky, abbreviated noodlings on the wonders of island life add up to a short (mostly natural) history of a small place. Read full book review >

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SPELLBOUND by Hilary Norman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 1993

"The lovers often seem more cloying than passionate, and the prose sometimes clunks like a square-wheeled cart—but Norman tells a good story, complete with likable characters and luxurious sets."
Another darkly romantic thriller from Norman (Fascination, 1992; Shattered Stars, 1991, etc.)—a high-glamour journey through the theater worlds of London and New York. Read full book review >