Search Results: "Jean Ayer"


BOOK REVIEW

DEAD DRUNK by Jean Ayer
Released: April 17, 2014

"A fine murder mystery, in the style of Agatha Christie, with a hawk-eyed protagonist and bevy of suspects."
In Ayer's (Tales of Chinkapin Creek, Volume II, 2012, etc.) mystery novel, the accidental death of an affluent alcoholic may, in fact, be a simple case of murder. Read full book review >

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A.J. AYER by Ben Rogers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A delightful discourse on an extraordinarily full life: Rogers succeeds in capturing the spirit of a philosophical maverick who many loved to hate."
A sympathetic treatment of one of the 20th century's best-known British philosophers. Read full book review >

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Released: June 27, 2012

"Finely nuanced hymn to the world before Ikea, and the stout West Virginians who peopled it. Recommended."
Ayer (Tales of Chinkapin Creek, 2011) returns with more sparkling sketches of rural West Virginians who lived by their hands, hearts and wits before the age of machines. Read full book review >

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TALES OF CHINKAPIN CREEK by Jean Ayer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2011

"An accomplished, creative memoir by a writer with serious literary tools—West Virginia, we hardly knew your soulful depths."
Veteran short-story writer Ayer strikes gold with these enchanting sketches of the motley relatives and neighbors who peopled her mother's rural West Virginia girlhood—back when the 20th century was young and spry. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 26, 1986

"All told, a welcome and important addition to the Rhys canon."
What may be the comprehensive Rhys short-story collection: a republication of the stories included in The Left Bank (1927); Tigers are Better-Looking (1969), and Sleep it Off, Lady (1976) as well as three stories that have not been previously issued in book form. Read full book review >

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JEAN RHYS by Carole Angier
NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 1991

"Perhaps Angier's exhaustive but unsorted research will be of value to some future biographer who will do justice to Rhys, a fine writer."
This detailed study of the author of Quartet and Wide Sargasso Sea seems not so much a biography as a collection of annotated note cards and unedited lecture notes. Read full book review >

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PRACTICAL JEAN by Trevor Cole
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A shudder-inducing satire that meditates more on the dysfunctions of the living than on the tragedies of the dead."
A mourning suburban daughter takes out her grief via murder. Read full book review >

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GLORIA JEAN by Scott and Jan MacGillivray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"A must read for film buffs, and will hopefully stimulate further discussion of Gloria Jean's work."
The first full-length biography of a gifted film and singing star of the ‘40s and ‘50s. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 1994

"But it does reveal a complete and satisfying picture of a complex age of transition for Western Europe."
Duchàne, Monnet's aide and a correspondent for The Economist, here sets out to chart the remarkable, if somewhat obscure, life of the architect of the European Community and also—a lesser-known fact—of America's wartime munitions effort. Read full book review >

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JEAN COCTEAU by Claude Arnaud
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Arnaud's biography provides a useful corrective and will inspire renewed interest in Cocteau's work."
The first substantial life of the French surrealist writer and artist to appear in English since 1970. Read full book review >

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PETIT JEAN by William B. Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The intense regional focus means the book will appeal mainly to visitors to the area and teachers of Arkansas history. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 7-11)"
A young Frenchwoman masquerades as a boy in order to accompany her fiance to the New World in 1732. Read full book review >

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JEAN LAFFITE by Susan Goldman Rubin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Still, this will suffice as an introduction for die-hard pirate fans and add an interesting, quirky footnote to American history. (author's note, bibliography, index) (Picture book/biography. 8-11)"
Who knew that some pirates in the old days were Jewish and fought on the side of the good guys? Mateys, meet Jean Laffite, a real pirate of the Caribbean. Read full book review >