Search Results: "Lisa St. Aubin de Terán"


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MEMORY MAPS by Lisa St. Aubin de Terán
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2003

"Superior travel writing, but the personal details only tantalizingly hint at tales that bear further telling."
A British novelist and memoirist (The Hacienda, 1998, etc.) evokes the distant places she's liked best, vividly celebrating journeys in countries from Brazil to Mali. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 1994

"While there is nothing offensively bad here, this tepid volume offers little that will not be familiar to readers of Tim Parks's Italian Neighbors (1992)."

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MOZAMBIQUE MYSTERIES by Lisa St. Aubin de Terán
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Vividly descriptive, but lacks a coherent structure and context."
Novelist and world traveler St. Aubin de Terán (Otto, 2006, etc.) provides a series of maze-like musings on her work in Mozambique. Read full book review >

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THE HACIENDA by Lisa St. Aubin de Terán
NON-FICTION
Released: April 8, 1998

"A memoir of conspicuously powerful narrative force, never sentimental or self-indulgent."
The mesmerizing tale of a young Englishwoman's strange life in the backward world of a remote South American sugar plantation during the early 1970s. Read full book review >

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THE PALACE by Lisa St. Aubin de Terán
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 1999

"Exquisite in its least details, enchanting in its larger vision of love's labor: a rare jewel of a fable that both engages the senses and tugs at the heart."
After winning high praise for her memoir (The Hacienda, 1998), novelist St. Read full book review >

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NOCTURNE by Lisa St. Aubin de Terán
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 1993

"A vivid, at times stunning depiction of Umbrian village life past and present—and a first-rate portrayal of the heart's yearning and the vitality of love."
In a seventh novel—as exquisitely styled as her previous efforts (Joanna, 1991, etc.)—Umbria-based St. 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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THE SEVERAL LIVES OF ORPHAN JACK by Sarah Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"In a word—wonderful. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A surprising adventure is possible for Jack if he stays true to his heart and to his love of knowledge. 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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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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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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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 >