Search Results: "Irene Spencer"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 22, 2007

"Gives the lie to the suburban cheer of HBO's Big Love."
An engrossing, though flawed memoir about poverty, procreation and polygamy south of the border. Read full book review >

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SPENCER TRACY by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A monumental, definitive biography of one the finest film actors in the history of the medium."
Spencer Tracy (1900-1967), warts and all. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 22, 2007

"Gives the lie to the suburban cheer of HBO's Big Love."
An engrossing, though flawed memoir about poverty, procreation and polygamy south of the border. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PAULA SPENCER by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2007

"Profound, subtle and unsentimental—the latest from a master back in top form."
An intimate, humane portrait of a working-class Irish woman's pleasures and struggles in her first year of sobriety. Read full book review >

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GOODNIGHT, IRENE by Jan Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1993

"First of a series."
Back in 1955, O'Connor, a dogged reporter for the Las Piernas News Express, took up the case of Handless Hannah, an unidentified corpse he wrote about every year on the anniversary of her death. Read full book review >

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DEAR IRENE, by Jan Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"All Burke has done is take one of the hoariest clichÇs in the business—the letter-writing serial killer—and make it as fresh and chilling as a winter sunrise."
Somebody calling himself Thanatos, the lord of death, is writing letters to Las Piernas News Express reporter Irene Kelly (Sweet Dreams, Irene, p. 19, etc.), whom he calls Cassandra, obliquely prophesying a series of murders—and then making good on every prophecy. Read full book review >

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IRENE AT LARGE by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1992

"Though the details about romance and ladies' garb are as arch as ever, the hindsighted period cameos and tangential intrigues are mercifully kept in abeyance as Holmes and Irene do their most charming (if, in Holmes's case, unwitting) work together."
With this third helping of corseted whimsy resurrecting Sherlock Holmes's old antagonist Irene Adler, Douglas (Good Night, Mr. Holmes; Good Morning, Irene) finally seems to be getting the hang of weaving a new mystery together with strands of Holmesiana that include the background of Col. Read full book review >

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JUDGE SPENCER DISSENTS by Henry Denker
Released: April 1, 1986

"Strictly for cracker-barrel cacklers."
Good old-fashioned snickering sexism generally hides behind closed doors these days, so it's with a sense of growing wonder that one slogs one's way through the veteran Denker's Dial-A-Diatribe, starring Judge Harry Spencer, Great Brontosaurus of the Federal bench. Read full book review >

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BRAVE IRENE by William Steig
Kirkus Star
illustrated by William Steig
Released: Oct. 22, 1986

"A thoroughly satisfying picture book from this producer of both Newbery and Caldecott Honor books."
Irene Bobbin, dressmaker's daughter, tucks her ill mother comfortably in bed and sets out through a storm to deliver a ball gown to the duchess; despite an interfering wind and heavy snow, she makes it. Read full book review >

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REMEMBER ME, IRENE by Jan Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 21, 1996

"Too much of a good thing in Irene's fourth case (Dear Irene, 1995, etc.)—a big, ambitious novel that sinks under the weight of its evil cargo. (Author tour)"
Old masters of the classic mystery knew how an enigmatic central character can focus tension and raise the stakes. Read full book review >

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ABBY SPENCER GOES TO BOLLYWOOD by Varsha Bajaj
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Culturally intriguing but dramatically dry, this story showcases the glamour and grit of Mumbai and gives readers an entertaining glimpse of backstage Bollywood. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Thirteen-year-old Abby Spencer learns that the father she's never met is a Bollywood superstar and travels from Houston to Mumbai to meet him. Read full book review >