Search Results: "Josephine Hart"


BOOK REVIEW

JOSEPHINE by Jean-Claude Baker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"No whitewash but sympathetic and gripping indeed. (Photos—32 pp.—not seen)"
Latest and perhaps best of several recent bios of Josephine Baker (e.g., Phyllis Rose's Jazz Cleopatra, 1989)—this one by the performer's semiadopted/fully discarded son (owner of a Manhattan restaurant named Chez Josephine) and Chase (The Great American Waistline, 1981, etc.). Read full book review >

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JOSEPHINE by Patricia Hruby Powell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"An extraordinary dancer and woman is here celebrated with style and empathy. (author's note, artist's note, further reading, quotation sources) (Poetry/biography. 6-12)"
A life devoted to self-expression through dance and racial harmony is celebrated in this lavish, lengthy picture book. Read full book review >

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JOSEPHINE by Carolly Erickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Moreover, her scholarly insights combine superbly with a mastery of period manners more often found in the best historical fiction. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An intimate, richly detailed, and candid portrait of the dramatic life and times of Napoleon's wife, Empress Josephine. Read full book review >

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THE STILLEST DAY by Josephine Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Its natural condition, like that of Pater or Poe, seems to be the high-sounding aphorism——In repetition the history of an old sin achieves an almost biblical resonance' —whose dominance turns this novel into a commonplace book. (First printing of 30,000)"
The author of Damage (1991), Sin (1992), and Oblivion (1995) is back again with her most expansively titled, yet ungenerously plotted, novel of passionate obsession. Read full book review >

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OBLIVION by Josephine Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1995

"Initially intriguing, but finally deadening. (Author tour)"
An odd, maudlin mix from the much-ballyhooed author of Damage (1991) and Sin (1992): What begins as another taut, obsessive novel of passion gets bogged down by a series of monologues performed by a cast ofdecidedly ungratefuldead characters. Read full book review >

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THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE by Josephine Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 2009

"Focusing on the overwhelming question Olivia asks her Harley Street therapist—'What's wrong with loving someone for life? Even when they are dead?'—Hart produces her least mannered, most moving novel to date."
An Irish boy's death continues to haunt his family circle for 40 years in Hart's elliptical, chimerical tale. Read full book review >

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THE RECONSTRUCTIONIST by Josephine Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"A bony, hasty affair, though with a therapeutic resolution that will bring satisfaction to Hart fans."
The reconstruction of a childhood trauma from conflicting points of view provides the riveting draw in English novelist Hart's latest dire page-turner (The Stillest Day, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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SIN by Josephine Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Hart's ludicrously factitious rhetoric may be the sign of her true vocation—her authorship of massively bestselling bad-news comic books for grown-ups."
Despite the pre-pub hoopla, this severe little tale of sisterly envy isn't the equal of Hart's widely praised debut, Damage (1991)—or maybe the author's real but slender gifts are just wearing out in unintentional self-parody. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"The subject may capture readers, but it won't hold them. (chronology, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10+)"
A muddled novel about two great and passionate figures. Read full book review >

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MOSS HART by Jared Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2006

"Anyone seeking real insight into Hart's life and work would be better advised to pick up Dazzler or his delightful 1959 memoir, Act One."
Pedestrian biography utterly lacking the wit and charm that made the writer/director one of mid-20th-century Broadway's most beloved figures. Read full book review >

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LORENZ HART by Frederick Nolan
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A sympathetic account for fans of the musical theater of the '30s and '40s. (15 b&w photos, not seen)"
An old-fashioned Broadway biography of Richard Rodgers's first lyricist. Read full book review >

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JOSEPHINE BAKER by Alan Schroeder
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 29, 1991

"Useful for assignments, but not as memorable as his earlier book. (Biography. 10+)"
A workmanlike entry in the ``Black Americans of Achievement'' series. Read full book review >