Search Results: "Jane Dunn"


BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2010

"Flashes of originality, wit and vivid imagery bring the story to life intermittently, but the distracting improbabilities pull readers out of the story again and again. (author's note) (Fiction. 15 & up)"
Retelling a classic as contemporary fiction is a tricky business, as demonstrated in this uneven rendering of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre as chick lit. Read full book review >

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ELIZABETH & MARY by Jane Dunn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2004

"The author achieves a fine duality of her own, reveling in her characters while keeping a gimlet eye on their motivations: wise, unwise, and suicidal. (24 pp. color illustrations, not seen)"
Tempered, sympathetic, and highly readable study of the dynamic created by queens Mary and Elizabeth, rulers of an island that was too small for the both of them. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A respectful, exciting and disarming update of one of the last century's most oft-told tales."
The old "Me Tarzan, You Jane" dynamic established in Johnny Weismuller movies gets a radical update by shining the spotlight on adventuress Jane Porter. Read full book review >

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AMY DUNN QUITS SCHOOL by Susan Shreve
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An overscheduled sixth-grader impulsively plays hooky on Halloween and is found out when her hyperconscientious single mother unexpectedly arrives at school for the Halloween parade. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 1991

"Its strength as an inside look, however, is related to its concomitant weakness as the eloquence and passionate involvement become excessive and intrusive, projecting unverifiable feelings and thoughts on characters—and as Dunn manipulates them to meet her hypotheses."
With sensitivity and imagination, Britisher Dunn re-creates the fascination, dependencies, competition, ``complicity,'' jealousies, the whole range of ``dynamics'' expressed in the pathologically close sibling relationship between two beautiful, talented, brilliant, intense, and creative women. Read full book review >

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DAPHNE DU MAURIER AND HER SISTERS by Jane Dunn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"In this sensitive group portrait, Dunn (Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens, 2004, etc.) depicts three women struggling to escape Neverland, define for themselves both success and happiness, and hone their own identities."
Love and rivalry among three talented sisters. Read full book review >

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THE ANNUNCIATION OF FRANCESCA DUNN by Janis Hallowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2004

"Though her story and characters are both sometimes labored and her writing stilted, there's a lot to admire in the complexity of the issues Hallowell raises—and in her lack of easy answers."
Ambitious first novel examines the power of faith—and its dangers. Read full book review >

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CHAINSAW JANE by Marie-Jo Fortis
Released: March 4, 2013

"A thrilling mystery with an unlikely yet endearing heroine."
A gruesome murder is no match for a vodka-swilling Russian medium in Fortis' debut mystery novel. Read full book review >

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JANE FONDA by Patricia Bosworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Reading to savor."
Distinguished celebrity biographer and Vanity Fair contributing editor Bosworth (Marlon Brando, 2001, etc.) recounts the life story of an American icon in all its heady—and at times, unabashedly scandalous—glory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"A sparkling chronicle, fine-tuned to the personal stories that lend texture and emotion to a biography."
Debut author Fox sheds new light on the lesser-known life of Anne Boleyn's sister-in-law. Read full book review >

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BOSTON JANE by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"While this is not as compelling as the previous two titles, Jane's fans will delight in the turn of events and celebrate with her. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the third installment of her trilogy about Boston Jane, Holm continues the drama of white settlers in the Washington Territory, some of whom embrace the Chinook way of life and many of whom disdain their so-called "savage" ways. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLAIN JANE by Eve Horowitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A plum of a first novel—ripe, juicy, and not exactly strictly kosher."
Plain Jane Singer, the star of this irreverent—and irresistible—first novel, is a wry, romantic, Jewish truth-teller. Read full book review >