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 >

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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 >

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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: July 12, 2005

"Careful account of environmental controversy, a companion to Robert W. Righter's recent Battle Over Hetch Hetchy."
A tale of two valleys—and two quite different visions of what to do with them. 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 >

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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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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 >