Search Results: "Joan K. Ostling"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"For Protestants and other 'Gentiles,' Mormon America is an invaluable primer; Latter-Day Saints will find the book a useful refresher course."
A thoroughly researched, impartial treatment of that homegrown American religion so shrouded in mystery and myth: Mormonism. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2007

"A short but compelling work in praise of its subject."
Veteran biographer Spoto (Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn, 2006, etc.) takes a fresh look at the much-analyzed Joan of Arc. Read full book review >

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K by Hong Ying
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"A delicate and exquisite success: Hong infuses real life with the drama and pathos of the best fiction."
A fictionalized account of a love affair Julian Bell conducted with a Chinese woman during the mid-1930s, by London-based novelist Hong (Summer of Betrayal, 1997; a memoir, Daughter of the River, 1999). Read full book review >

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"An engrossing religious and historical account that would make a valuable companion to a high school history unit on Joan of Arc."
Debut YA that fictionalizes the life of Joan of Arc. Read full book review >

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JOAN MITCHELL by Patricia Albers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2011

"A revealing portrait of a complex personality, this biography provides insight into the work of a master artist, but is perhaps too detailed to appeal to casual readers."
Independent curator Albers (Shadows, Fire, Snow: The Life of Tina Modotti, 2002) presents a sizable biography of Joan Mitchell (1925-1992), a member of the New York School of Abstract Expressionist painters who changed the face of the art world in the 1950s. Read full book review >

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DOSSIER K by Imre Kertész
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 2013

"The author's novels may provide a better introduction to his work, but this memoir will help to further illuminate them."
Kertész, the first Hungarian writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, interrogates himself in a provocative memoir that will deepen the understanding of those already familiar with his novels. Read full book review >

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RED JOAN by Jennie Rooney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014

"This spy novel reveals itself at a calm pace through the memories of a loving woman. It is elegantly written and probes the value of loyalty to a meaningful life."
A World War II spy novel that delves into the complex reasons for betrayals of both country and friends.  Read full book review >

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JOAN OF ARC by Demi
by Demi, illustrated by Demi
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A young female hero par excellence. (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
Joan of Arc's story told in the ravishing line and color of Demi's art. Read full book review >

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K STREET by M.A. Lawson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"With characters as flat as construction paper and a formulaic plot, this book manages what other thrillers about the NSA have failed to do: make it boring."
Kay Hamilton—former Drug Enforcement Administration agent and woman of steel—takes on the all-knowing National Security Agency in the third entry in Lawson's series (Viking Bay, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >

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ZERO K by Don DeLillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"DeLillo's latest novel asks compelling questions, but its answers are a bit shopworn."
A cryogenic facility beyond the edges of civilization provokes a series of meditations on death and life. Read full book review >

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JOAN CRAWFORD by David Bret
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Bedroom noir."
A flat, superficial biography that obsesses over Crawford's sex life as intensely as Crawford reportedly obsessed over having sex. Read full book review >

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POPE JOAN by Donna Woolfolk Cross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Still, what seems a too facile rendering of a complex story might certainly appeal as light summer reading."
A remarkable woman uses her considerable intellect—and more than a little luck—to rise from humble origins to become the only female Pope, in this breakneck adventure from newcomer Cross. Read full book review >