Search Results: "John Spencer Hill"


BOOK REVIEW

GHIRLANDAIO'S DAUGHTER by John Spencer Hill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 17, 1997

"Arbati, who's clearly intended as an Italian Adam Dalgliesh, isn't half the detective his model is; but Hill adds a few bright notes of his own to this updated village whodunit."
How do you keep up the suspense after you open your novel with the tableau of aging painter/restorer Nigel Harmsworth standing over the corpse of the blackmailer he's just killed? Read full book review >

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THE LAST CASTRATO by John Spencer Hill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 12, 1995

"Prose ceremonious and inert, as you might have feared from literary scholar Hill's first foray into crime fiction."
Revenge is a dish best eaten cold, but why has Francesco Pistocchi waited so long before going after the five Florentines who tried unsuccessfully to launch his career as a countertenor 35 years ago? 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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

HILL by Jean Giono
by Jean Giono, translated by Paul Eprile
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Though this novel is nearly 90 years old, its sharp focus and uncompromising storytelling leave it feeling hauntingly timeless—a story of primal conflicts erupting into seemingly pastoral landscapes."
In this newly translated 1929 novel, a small community in Provence is forced to contend with internal strife and environmental catastrophes. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 30, 2009

"The many indifferent, sophomoric essays here will give Tracy fans information about his early work; the best ones will give them reasons to see it."
The obscure, often deservedly so, early films in which Spencer Tracy forged his screen persona are dusted off in this uneven collection of essays from the New England Vintage Film Society. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Lords Hill by Maggie Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2014

"A profound meditation on the overcoming of past trauma."
In this unflinchingly candid memoir, debut author Miller recounts a childhood of abuse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUGAR HILL by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"A fine tribute to the local color of Sugar Hill, who have made America a better and more interesting country for almost a century. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Weatherford's poetic, swinging textual rhythms meet Christie's artistic razzmatazz to create one hot picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PROSPECT HILL by Richard Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 2004

"A veddy British story for fans of Amis père et fils, Malcolm Bradbury, and even Dickens. Nicely done."
Life is a series of accidents—that just gets weirder when you throw in politics. Read full book review >