Search Results: "Lisa Appignanesi"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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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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LISA CAREY
by Megan Labrise

The Stolen Child may be set on a fairy-filled Irish island, but it is “Magical realism of the best kind, utterly devoid of whimsy,” according to Kirkus’ starred review.

“My friends loved that quote, ‘utterly devoid of whimsy,’ ” says author Lisa Carey, who was recently abroad in Turkey, where we reached her by phone. “They said that ...


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LISA BUNKER
by Megan Labrise

Some of the best advice Lisa Bunker received for writing a book had nothing to do with writing a book.

“The best advice I ever got for naming a child was ‘use all the names you love,’ ” says Bunker, author of Felix Yz. “By the time the next kid comes along, you’ll love different names—don’t hold one for ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE ABOMINABLE SNOW TEACHER by Lisa Passen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

Passen once again mines B-grade monster movies, as Irma Birnbaum—dubbed "the toughest teacher in town," but "most obsessive" would be more like it—undergoes a third form- and character-altering transformation. Read full book review >

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THE ALIENS ARE COMING! by Lisa Thiesing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Rock on. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
In this lighthearted riff on both Beatlemania and Orson Welles's "War of the Worlds" broadcast, Peggy—cast in Thiesing's high-energy cartoon illustrations as a pig with a period wardrobe headlined by a pink poodle skirt—becomes increasingly alarmed at media reports that "Aliens" are taking over the world. Read full book review >

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THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING TEACHER by Lisa Passen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Expect the unexpected in this purely pleasurable tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Miss Irma Birnbaum, "the toughest teacher in town" and star of Passen's Attack of the 50-Foot Teacher (2000), returns in this hilarious end-of-the-school-year adventure. Read full book review >

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FAT, FAT ROSE MARIE by Lisa Passen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Like Claire, readers may not be sure that her assertiveness takes the best form, but that—plus the incisive caricatures in Passen's colorful illustrations—makes the story all the more thought-provoking. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Though everyone else teases new girl Rose Marie because she's fat, narrator Claire (freckles, heavy glasses) likes her company, and the two become good friends. Read full book review >