Search Results: "Kate Grenville"


BOOK REVIEW

ALBION'S STORY by Kate Grenville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Grenville's fiction is impossible to put down. (Author tour)"
Australian Grenville triumphantly returns to the setting of her memorable debut novel (Lillian's Story, 1986) to trace the development of Lillian's father—a turn-of-the-century bourgeois whose public arrogance and private terrors wreak havoc on those he should have loved. ``This is Albion Gidley Singer at the pen,'' Grenville's protagonist announces at the outset of his story, ``a man with a weakness for a good fact.'' Facts are indeed Singer's obsession, having proved invaluable in shielding him from his own unacceptable emotions: early yearnings to join his devoted mother's mysterious, silky world; the terror he felt from his distant, disapproving father; the confused encounters with the raunchy prostitutes and ``proper'' young women who populate his upper-middle-class bachelor's existence. Read full book review >

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SARAH THORNHILL by Kate Grenville
Released: June 5, 2012

"Beautifully written, with sufficient backstory to be enjoyed without first reading the previous two installments, this novel can be read as a dissection of a cultural clash or an allegory for colonialism, but at heart, the novel uses fiction to search for reason within history."
The saga of the Thornhill clan in early-19th-century Australia concludes in the final volume of Commonwealth Writer's Prize winner Grenville's (The Secret River, 2006, etc.) trilogy. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET RIVER by Kate Grenville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2006

"Grenville's best, and a giant leap forward."
A riveting narrative unfolds into a chilling allegory of the mechanics and the psychology of colonialism in the veteran Australian author's rich historical novel. Read full book review >

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THE IDEA OF PERFECTION by Kate Grenville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2002

"Wonderful entertainment: a cockeyed romance that will have you cheering for all of these unlikely, wayward lovers."
There's a smile—if not an outright belly laugh—on every page of this delicious comic novel (winner of Britain's 2001 Orange Prize), the fifth from the Australian author (Albion's Story, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE LIEUTENANT by Kate Grenville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"An involving, affecting novel that should have been even better."
Veteran Australian author Grenville (The Secret River, 2006, etc.) poignantly depicts a man of science forced into a world shaped by action. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 2000

"An all-too-short, manylayered tale that succeeds as a roots memoir, detective story, and revelation of tragically tangled bloodlines."
An American ethnographer's journal of a 1930 sojourn with a band of renegade Apaches living in Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains, published now for the first time, along with his son's account of travels in his father's footsteps. Read full book review >

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MAGPIE'S TREASURE by Kate Slater
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"The message is presented with a deft touch in this colorful and appealing tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
When a burglar bird goes after the object of his dreams, he learns a valuable lesson. Read full book review >

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BY WORD OF MOUSE by Kate Spohn
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"An author's note reveals that the sisters are Dorothy and Gertrude Lathrop and that the author met them before they died—this slight homage is heartfelt, but alas, has no more substance than a sugar lace cookie. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Once upon a time, two sisters—artists—lived in a house by some woods. Read full book review >

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KITTEN'S NAP by Kate Spohn
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Spohn's illustrations are an intentionally naive set of images; she uses the thickness and opacity of the paint to convey the cuddly awkwardness of these young animals. (Board book. 1-3)"
A kitten tries and tries to take a cat nap but there are too many noisy interruptions; first a bee, then a chickadee. Read full book review >

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ARCHAEOLOGISTS DIG FOR CLUES by Kate Duke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 1997

"1398, etc.) ensures that this eye-opening field trip will inspire dirt diggers and treasure-seekers everywhere. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Readers will feel as if they're taking an active part in an archaeological dig in this informative entry in the Let's-Read-and- Find-Out Science series, reminiscent of Aliki's Digging for Dinosaurs and entries in the Magic School Bus series. Read full book review >

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NIGHT GOES BY by Kate Spohn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1995

"A sweetly unscientific answer to questions about what the sun and moon do when they're not in the sky. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Spohn (Broken Umbrellas, Macmillan, 1994, etc.) takes a simple observation—that night follows day—and spins a serenely happy fantasy. Read full book review >

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RESCUE ON THE OREGON TRAIL by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This well-paced story will keep the attention of even reluctant readers with its commitment to accurately chronicling the excitement and danger of the Oregon Trail. Whom will Ranger save next? (Adventure. 5-9)"
This series' first entry introduces a courageous time-traveling golden retriever on the Oregon Trail. Read full book review >