Search Results: "Lisa Appignanesi"


BOOK REVIEW

MEMORY AND DESIRE by Lisa Appignanesi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1992

"Lots of analysis, sex, and references to great artists make for gripping fun that never rises above fur-lined romance."
First novel from Polish-born scholar and critic Appignanesi (Postmodernism, Ideas from France, etc.—not reviewed): a big, rich family romance that strives for intelligent characterizations while loading on entertainment values. Read full book review >

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DREAMS OF INNOCENCE by Lisa Appignanesi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 1995

"But feminist and ecological themes, along with a contrived conflict between the lovers, nearly overpower the family drama."
Nonfiction author (Freud's Women, 1993, etc.) and novelist Appignanesi's second sweeping romance (after Memory and Desire, 1992) is a rare blend of intense emotion and intellectual challenge. Read full book review >

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LISA, LISA by Béatrice Shalit
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"French writer Shalit's fifth novel—and first US publication—is an accomplished soap-script that needs fleshing out."
Goodness knows, there's a passel of domestic furor and flurry within this novel's Jewish/French family, who are gathered for a wedding—but somehow the fuss and feathers have no more emotional depth than the plink-plunk of a rapid badminton volley. Read full book review >

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TRIALS OF PASSION by Lisa Appignanesi
NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 2015

"Will satisfy readers attuned to the juncture of history, psychology, and feminism."
A keen, dense examination of crimes of passion in the decades before World War I. Read full book review >

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ALL ABOUT LOVE by Lisa Appignanesi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2011

"An amiable synthesis of a wealth of material, but in the end the nature of love remains elusive."
A serious attempt to explain the mystery of love by examining it and analyzing it from a variety of angles. Read full book review >

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MONA LISA by Dianne Hales
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The breezy tone is a jarring contrast to the considerable scholarship that informs the author's history."
Like many visitors to the Louvre, journalist Hales (La Bella Lingua: A Passionate Journey through the World's Most Beautiful Language, 2009, etc.) was fascinated by Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait and set out to investigate the real Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo: "Why did the most renowned painter of her time choose her as his model?...And why does her smile enchant us still?" Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 6, 1993

"For others: an absorbing if somewhat biased introduction to the canon and archetypes that helped shape modern ideas about human development and sexuality."
In an imaginative, insightful, learned collaboration, novelist Appignanesi (Memory and Desire, 1991) and historian of science Forrester (Cambridge Univ.) present Freud's female relatives, patients, friends, disciples, and colleagues; their contributions to his work; and their actual and symbolic roles in his life. Read full book review >

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I, MONA LISA by Jeanne Kalogridis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A clever reworking, though not completely convincing."
Kalogridis (The Borgia Bride, 2005, etc.) chronicles the perils of young Lisa di Antonio Gherardini long before she became the subject of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting. Read full book review >

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MONA LISA by Letizia Galli
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1996

"Some additional facts are provided at the end, but no specific references are cited. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
In a work subtitled ``The Secret of the Smile,'' readers learn a lot about Leonardo da Vinci, but little about his painting of the woman called Mona Lisa. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR IS ’42 by Nella Bielski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Bielski's tone lends grace to her project, but, sans supporting detail, it seems an affectation that leaves the whole feeling rather pointless."
The currents of WWII alter the lives of a German officer and a Russian doctor, in a poignant but thin tale by Ukrainian author Bielski. Read full book review >

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STEAL BACK THE MONA LISA! by Meghan McCarthy
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"This melodramatic adventure will keep young readers riveted. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Definitely a dream but no less exciting for that, this freewheeling escapade sends a lad in pursuit of international art thieves. Read full book review >

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MY REAL NAME IS LISA by David Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"TV rights to CBS, which will sharply improve the TV movie by shifting more of the menace from the opening episodes to the end."
A year after six-year-old Lisa Taylor is kidnapped, computer exec Peter Howard sees a man treating a little girl in a way that looks suspicious to him. Read full book review >