Search Results: "Inez Smidt"


BOOK REVIEW

INEZ by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"'What was there between them,' Fuentes's narrator asks, 'that thwarted the continuation of what had been and prevented the occurrence of what never was?' If that makes sense to you, you'll probably enjoy Inez."
The power of music, and the passions aroused by the artistic impulse, are given inexplicably murky expression in this very odd, somewhat disappointing latest from Fuentes (The Years with Laura Díaz, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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DANCING ON THE BRIDGE OF AVIGNON by Ida Vos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"As the senseless restrictions continue to rain down on the family, some sort of terrible duet emerges, of the small insults of childhood against the enormous backdrop of war. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Rosa, who is Jewish, and her family live in Holland during the Nazi occupation, trying to carry on as normally as possible while friends disappear and evermore restrictions are imposed on them. Read full book review >

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ANNA IS STILL HERE by Ida Vos
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Still, a compelling book, even stronger than its fine predecessor. (Fiction. 8-14)"
The author of the autobiographical novel Hide and Seek (1991), based on her own WW II experiences, again uses linked vignettes to evoke the painful difficulties, after the war, of resuming a normal life. Read full book review >

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BEAUTIFUL INEZ by Bart Schneider
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"Too talky by half, and the pensive, sometimes gloomy atmosphere, though well suited to the San Francisco fog, won't appeal to readers in need of cheering up. Still, Schneider spins a good yarn—and he knows his Mendelsohn."
It's 1962. The world is about to change, and Inez Roseman can't wait for it to do so—or to check out of its travails. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET OF M. DULONG by Colette Inez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"An account of a life that tugs at your heart as it wows you with its silken clarity."
A memoir of considerable elegance, built from the rubble of a childhood, by poet Inez. Read full book review >

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MERCURY'S RISE by Ann Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Though the meandering mystery won't tax your brain, Parker remains worth reading for the historical detail and the descriptions of a stunning area of Colorado."
In her fourth adventure (Leaden Skies, 2008, etc.), Inez Stannert, a partner in the Silver Queen Saloon in Leadville, finds 1880 Colorado no more receptive to a woman of independent spirit. Read full book review >

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LEADEN SKIES by Ann Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2009

"Disjointed and clichéd."
Saloonkeeper Inez Stannert sorts out trouble at the cathouse in her third Western adventure (Iron Ties, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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WHAT GOLD BUYS by Ann Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Once again, the fifth from Parker (Iron Ties, 2013, etc.) is much better history than mystery, drawing the reader into the stunning beauty and harsh realities of life in 1880s Colorado."
A feuding couple returns to Colorado only to become embroiled in several murders. Read full book review >

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A WRINKLE IN CRIME by T. Dawn Richard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 21, 2007

"Hilarity vies with sheer foolishness in May's rollicking third adventure."
A senior citizen's sleuthing leaves behind a spectacular trail of destruction. Read full book review >

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DEMOCRACY by Joan Didion
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 1984

"And if the book-world's hype machine can make a major novel out of Renata Adler's Pitch Dark, it can certainly do as much for this more accessible, more political, but quite similar arrival: a chic literary objet with a thin soap-opera center."
"Fitful glimpses" from the 1960s/'70s life of glamorous Inez Christian Victor—wife of Senator Harry Victor (a onetime Presidential aspirant), daughter of Honolulu colonial aristocracy, and supposed acquaintance of writer Joan Didion, who sprinkles this short, glossily disjointed novel with precious authorial warnings, asides, and false starts. Read full book review >

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CITY OF SILVER by Annamaria Alfieri
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"Alfieri's debut is a vividly rendered historical soap opera, replete with political intrigue, church scandal, feuding families, illegitimacy, lovers past and present and women fabulously gowned and jeweled."
The richest city in the Western Hemisphere, circa 1650, has its currency debased. Read full book review >