Search Results: "Jean Zimmerman"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"An hor d'oeuvre of a book: By the end, your appetite is whetted, but you're nowhere near satisfied."
The history of Hudson Valley's Philipse Manor Hall, told through the lives of four women who lived in it during the 17th and 18th centuries. Read full book review >

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THE ORPHANMASTER by Jean Zimmerman
Released: June 19, 2012

"A disturbing, often creepy melodrama, thick with historically accurate detail."
Historian Zimmerman (Love, Fiercely, 2012, etc.) debuts as a novelist with a gruesome murder mystery concerning a serial killer in the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam on the island of Manhattan. Read full book review >

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LOVE, FIERCELY by Jean Zimmerman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2012

"Zimmerman tells an intriguing history from the available evidence, but Sargent's subjects ultimately remain out of reach."
Zimmerman (The Women of the House: How a Colonial She-Merchant Built a Mansion, a Fortune, and a Dynasty, 2006, etc.) examines the mysterious couple in John Singer Sargent's famous painting Mr. and Mrs. I.N. Phelps Stokes. Read full book review >

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SAVAGE GIRL by Jean Zimmerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2014

"Zimmerman's dark comedy of manners is an obvious homage to Edith Wharton, a rip-roaring murder mystery more Robert Louis Stevenson than Arthur Conan Doyle and a wonderfully detailed portrait of the political, economic and philosophical issues driving post-Civil War America."
A formal, measured tempo only heightens the tension in Zimmerman's second historical fiction-cum-thriller (The Orphanmaster, 2012), this one set in the 1870s and concerning a serial killer whose rampage ranges from a rough mining community in Nevada to upper-class Manhattan. Read full book review >

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Released: May 5, 2003

"Exasperating and thoughtful in equal portions."
A confused tribute to women's traditional roles. 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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PIPPIN THE CHRISTMAS PIG by Jean Little
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"This gently told story shows insight into the feelings of one who feels small and insignificant, but who can still accomplish something special. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Pippin is a cute little piglet with one ear that tends to flop over like a puppy's. 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 >

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JEAN-CHRISTOPHE by Romain Rolland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"But persistence and concentration do pay off: Rolland's artist-hero is explored with an empathetic thoroughness that is rare in fiction, and readers who truly apply themselves to this frustrating masterwork may well feel that they have, in so doing, experienced something very like an education."
Romain Rolland (18661944), who won the 1915 Nobel Prize for Literature, was a versatile and indefatigable man of letters, best remembered today for this massive roman-fleuve (published in three volumes, between 1902 and 1912), which may best be described as the history of a great musician's sensibility, the growth of his art, and the realization of his goal—roughly, the expression of man's moral nature through the creation of art. Read full book review >