Search Results: "Kelly Simmons"


BOOK REVIEW

IMPERIAL KELLY by Peter Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Kelly's ribald adventures can usually wear down the resistance of even the most cynical reader as history is revised with a vengeance."
Charming, wily Luther Kelly (Kelly Blue, 1991, etc.) follows orders from a blackmailing Theodore Roosevelt—orders that will take him around the world via Cuba, South Africa, and the Philippines. Read full book review >

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THE BIRD HOUSE by Kelly Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Hope at the bottom of the box, not least for more from this talented author."
An intergenerational school project unlocks a Pandora's box of unsettling truths. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KELLY PARK by Jean Stubbs
Released: July 21, 1992

"A minor disappointment from an accomplished writer."
Stubbs follows her excellent, complex Light in Summer (1991) with this less successful tale of a female chef who transforms a crumbling English villa into a prosperous country inn—wherein the heroine's motives remain less than clear and the plot surprisingly predictable and trite. Read full book review >

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KELLY BLUE by Peter Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1991

"Very, very funny, and because the Indians are people who make jokes and war rather than saints who make epic movies, their fate is genuinely bitter."
The amusing adventures of Luther ``Yellowstone'' Kelly continue (Yellowstone Kelly-not reviewed), bringing him a Native American marriage and pitting him against a Native American church. Read full book review >

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KELLY + VICTOR by Niall Griffiths
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2004

"Modern romance? More like an exorcism of writerly boredom."
The fourth from Welsh author Griffiths (Sheepshagger, 2002, etc.) gives vent to wasted urban youth via sadistic sex and feisty vernacular. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 26, 1996

"We breathe the exhalations of the trees, and as Lembke testifies, they fuel a hundred more poetic concerns. (line drawings, not seen)"
Arboreal musings—learned, canny, homespun, graceful—from one of our better natural history writers. Read full book review >

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KELLY IN THE MIRROR by Martha M. Vertreace
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"Still, the author makes a good debut with her nicely honed text and realistic dialogue; her depiction of this affectionate African-American family is warm and wholesome, while Speidel's richly toned impressionistic pastels are full of good humor. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Not realizing how much Kelly worries because she isn't included in their comparisons, her family talks constantly about how much Bryan looks like Daddy and Erin looks like Mamma. Read full book review >

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KELLY 'N' ME by Myron Levoy
FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"As in Levoy's Alan and Naomi (1977) and A Shadow Like a Leopard (1981), the plot is relatively simple; but the complex characters and powerfully drawn setting command attention. (Fiction. 12+)"
Two Manhattan teenagers in a bittersweet summer romance: Anthony finds that his mother, a narcissistic over-the-hill actress, has become too dependent on both alcohol and her son since his father left for L.A. and another woman; Kelly is rebelling against her parents' Fifth Avenue lifestyle and the frenetic trendiness of her former crowd by masquerading as a janitor's daughter and using her parents' credit cards to provide handouts for street people. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 12, 1993

"Unless you're one of Simmons's clients, it's hard to imagine reading straight through all 40 cases; but just as crowds apparently turn out to greet the famous shape-changer on his visits, you can count on followers seeking inspiration from these upbeat reports."
The word from experts is that lost weight rarely stays off, but TV fitness-guru and bestselling diet-book author Simmons (Richard Simmons' Better Body Book, 1983, etc.) never gives up on those desperate souls who write to him in despair, then successfully shed pounds in his program—or so he says. Read full book review >

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SEARCHING FOR GRACE KELLY by Michael Callahan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"If you're in close communion with your inner teenage girl, this one's for you."
Three young women on their own in 1950s New York run into man trouble galore. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Wives of Billie's Mountain by Kelly L. Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 2014

"Powerful, historically based novel of survival, beliefs, adaptation and resistance."
An elderly woman reflects on her early years living as a Mormon on the run in author Simmons' absorbing debut novel, based on a true story. Read full book review >