Search Results: "John Spurling"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS by John Spurling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2014

"A thoroughly enjoyable literary sojourn by a master of historical fiction."
With this richly told historical novel, English author Spurling (A Book of Liszts, 2011, etc.) takes readers back to the China of seven centuries ago. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2003

"A convincing and affecting corrective: an act of admiration, and love. (49 b&w illustrations)"
A fond remembrance of an alluring young editor who married the dying author of Animal Farm and steadfastly administered his literary affairs thereafter, earning the enmity of some Orwell partisans. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 5, 1998

"Matisse's genius was to make conscious subjectivity the defining force of his painting; Spurling, in this first volume of his biography, excels by revealing the forces that shaped both the man and his aesthetic. (24 pages color and 152 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A masterfully written biography of Matisse, whose dedication to an art of "balance, purity, and tranquility" was his primary defense against a life of hardship, disruption, and loss. Read full book review >

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PEARL BUCK IN CHINA by Hilary Spurling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2010

"Does little to rehabilitate Buck's literary reputation, but respectfully resets her life and work in its appropriate contexts."
A biographical consideration of Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), an author few take seriously today. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1991

"Scott has found a generous and insightful biographer. (Photographs-not seen.)"
The 1983 TV mini-series The Jewel in the Crown, adapted from The Raj Quartet, exposed millions on both sides of the Atlantic to the work of British novelist Scott, who had died five years previously. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2005

"Rich and colorful, if somewhat bulky, tribute to a visionary. (24 pp of color illustrations, 159 B&W illustrations)"
The concluding volume of the first biography of the groundbreaking artist Henri Matisse, offering compelling insight and tiresome domestic details. Read full book review >

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ROAD TRIPPIN’ IT WITH JOHN BURNINGHAM
by Julie Danielson

The holidays are nigh. I wrote this time last year about my favorite holiday picture book of all time – John Burningham’s Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present, originally published back in 1993.

I’m a big Burningham fan. (If you are, too, and you’ve not yet read this, run to your nearest bookstore or library.) And in thinking about Harvey, I was ...


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JOHN NEWMAN
by Rhett Morgan

In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his ...


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JOHN T. EDGE
by Megan Labrise

John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South is no mere paean to peanuts, homage to hominy, and laudation to lard. Like the nutritive broth for which it’s named, this title is more substantive than it appears at a glance.

“One the primary aims of my book,” says Edge, a native Georgian who lives ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NOISY BIRD SING-ALONG by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"For fostering nature awareness, this is a welcome companion to the author's previous titles about noisy bugs and noisy frogs. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
A say-along, sing-along invitation introduces the art of birding by ear through simple, recognizable bird songs and sounds and, mostly, familiar birds. Read full book review >

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DUCK TO THE RESCUE by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"This well-intentioned duck has a heart of gold to go with his lead foot and ham fist—er, wing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Now that the pigs, the chickens and the cows at Greenstalk's farm have made merry mayhem (Cows to the Rescue, 2011, etc.), it's the duck's turn. Read full book review >