Search Results: "John Worsley Simpson"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 29, 2012

"The unfolding mystery—not the characters—will keep readers interested in this dark tale."
Mystery novelist Simpson (A Debt of Death, 2008, etc.) weaves a twist-filled tale of deception about a young wife who disappears at a mall in upstate New York. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A good yarn with an appealing protagonist that inspires sadness for the Peruvian people and much distaste for their government. (8 pages b&w photos)"
A memorable report of a monthlong 1992 expedition to Peru, featuring daring, drugs, and despotism. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A captivating celebration of a life among words."
A witty memoir from a dictionary editor who insists he is not a "word lover." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Coupled with the text, the result is first-rate journalism, with the reporter as reflection of, and eyewitness to, history."
A gripping narrative of the revolutions that swept Central and Eastern Europe following the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the extraordinary events in China and South Africa in 1989-90. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1999

"A useful addition to the growing landscape-in-history literature."
A well-conceived if sometimes plodding essay in the role of the landscape in American history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CROSSED WIRES by John E. Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 1992

"Routine stuff, then, with perhaps some appeal for modem mavens."
First-novelist Simpson's come up with a nifty premise for a detective story: A hearing-impaired government researcher known simply as Finley, who feels comfortable and secure only with the friends she talks to via her computer keyboard, investigates a series of throat- slashings by finding out which bulletin boards the victims had logged onto. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2014

"Worsley ably shows how audiences drove writers, actors and purveyors of news to satisfy their morbid curiosities."
Worsley (If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home, 2012, etc.) explains England's love affair with scandals, lurid murders and executions. Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN AT HOME by Lucy Worsley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A charming, well-researched journey to 'Austen-land.'"
A fresh, spirited look at the beloved author by a self-proclaimed "Janeite." Read full book review >

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MAID OF THE KING'S COURT by Lucy Worsley
Released: March 14, 2017

"Exhilarating, romantic, and illuminating; has the potential to turn casual readers into Tudor history buffs. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 15 & up)"
Hampton Court curator Worsley's debut novel for teens digs into the danger that lies just beneath the glamour of Henry VIII's court. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Still, a distinctive addition to the anthropology of knowledge."
An energetic, often fascinating, but somewhat sprawling argument about the pliable nature of knowledge. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2012

"Anyone who lives in a home with a kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom will delight in reading this history of the development of home life."
This masterful social history illustrates the lessons you could never have learned in school, and with a great deal more entertainment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHE RISES by Kate Worsley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2013

"Despite excessive length and some overly ornate period language, this unusual, seductive period tale of love and transformation creates its own memorable world."
In a notably ambitious British debut, an 18th-century English dairymaid leaves home to enter a world of secrecy, survival and forbidden love. Read full book review >