Search Results: "Lisa Jardine"


BOOK REVIEW

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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 2003

"As solid as its subject's surviving buildings, and a useful addition to Restoration studies. (16-page color insert, b&w illustrations throughout)"
A lucid portrait, abrim with encyclopedic detail, of the English architect, scientist, and inventor. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 5, 2004

"A terrific work, notable for its gravity and humor, scholarship and popular appeal. (Illustrations throughout)"
The little-known life of a gifted but cranky associate of Christopher Wren and bitter rival of Isaac Newton. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 1999

"Well-written, unfailingly lively, and packed with fascinating characters—one of the best scientific histories in years."
The 17th and 18th centuries saw a scientific revolution unlike any in history; here's a look at the remarkable men (and a few women) who brought it about. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 31, 1996

"Jardine's primary research and conclusions appear sound and convincing, providing new insights into the acquisitive basis of a fascinating age that helped to shape our world. (16 color plates, 60 b&w illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
A perceptive history of the Renaissance from an original angle: its appetite for material possessions. 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: Sept. 2, 2008

"Absorbing, enjoyable reading."
An exploration of the thriving 17th-century cultural exchange between Holland and England. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2006

"A slim volume packing plenty of information, and a useful reminder of how a single event—executed in seconds—can have significant historical implications."
How the murder with a handgun of a prince in the 16th century became the shot heard around the world. 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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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 >