Search Results: "Malcolm Macdonald"


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MALCOLM by Bruce Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1991

"A complex portrait that successfully illuminates the inner conflicts that drove Malcolm X to greatness and destruction."
Perry (ed., The Last Speeches of Malcolm X—not reviewed) uses hundreds of interviews, government records, and Malcolm X's own speeches and letters to present a lively, critical biography of the black nationalist hero. Read full book review >

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PROMISES TO KEEP by Malcolm Macdonald
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"The last in the Dowager House trilogy (Strange Music, 2012, etc.) deftly concludes its often heartbreaking story of love, ambition and redemption."
Long after a diverse group of families have created a good life in the wake of the horrors of World War II, the past comes back to haunt one of them. Read full book review >

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THE DOWER HOUSE by Malcolm Macdonald
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"This series debut from prolific Macdonald (Rose of Nancemellin, 2001, etc.) explores the dynamics of the relationships between the Europeans and their very different English hosts. It's all heartbreaking and romantic, with intimations of future happiness."
A group of artists and artisans try communal living at a country house in 1947 England. Read full book review >

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TAMSIN HARTE by Malcolm Macdonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"Bustling expectations for romance readers."
MacDonald's latest heart chart for beleaguered youth (Like a Diamond, 1999, etc.).This time, it's 1910 or so and snippy little Cornish virgin Tamsin Harte has her eye on the next step up. Read full book review >

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STRANGE MUSIC by Malcolm Macdonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2012

"Although nothing much seems to happen in the second installment of the Felix Breit saga (The Dower House, 2011), the times are exciting and the characters well-enough drawn to whet the appetite for more."
An exploration of the day-to-day world of a disparate group of people rebuilding their lives in postwar England. Read full book review >

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ROSE OF NANCEMELLIN by Malcolm Macdonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Genuine fun."
Macdonald's 30th doorstopper proves once again that a born storyteller can rise above genre clichés by sheer dint of good humor and a wealth of passions. Read full book review >

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HELL HATH NO FURY by Malcolm Macdonald
Released: March 5, 1992

"With generally agreeable, chatty characters, a slow-moving but—like some of Macdonald's others—restfully gossipy novel."
Unlike Macdonald's recent interlinked, turn-of-the-century portraits of lively, liberation-minded females on the go in Cornwall (A Notorious Woman, 1989; An Innocent Woman, 1991; A Woman Alone, 1991), this Ireland-set tale, in which a revenge-minded lass of talent and beauty revives a centuries-old family feud, creeps on at a crab-slow pace—somewhat reminiscent of the author's His Father's Son, (1990), which, like this amiable novel, sidles into family interplay and class and caste consciousness with lots and lots of talk. ``Families...[are] the most destroying, vengeful, flesh- consuming, spirit-quenching institutions...but as long as you know that, it's worth the fight to preserve them.'' Thus says the aging and dying drunk who is the second son of the titled Lyndon-Fury family, Protestant Irish who had, in 1645, done in their kin the O'Lindons, now struggling and scattered about the country. Read full book review >

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TO THE END OF HER DAYS by Malcolm Macdonald
Released: Aug. 18, 1994

"Some may find the sheer volume of chatter enervating, but on the whole, the gossiping village neighbors will prove to be genial company for the author's following."
Macdonald continues his lightly linked Cornwall series (A Woman Possessed, 1993, etc.) with a tale of voluble and feisty young women who give off sparks and set off conflagrations in a tight little village community of antagonistic genders and generations. Read full book review >

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A WOMAN POSSESSED by Malcolm Macdonald
Released: June 14, 1993

"Busy, sputtering, noisy fun."
More of Macdonald's wise/unwise, chatty, jaunty women—a pair this time—and their equally entertaining men, again holding forth in the environs of the Cornish village of West Penwith, again with heroines from A Woman Alone, An Innocent Woman, etc. in cameos. Read full book review >

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A NOTORIOUS WOMAN by Malcolm Macdonald
Released: March 30, 1989

Macdonald's been burning the midnight oil over the last few years, producing a plump new historical romance or saga annually since 1985 (and five before that, including The World from Rough Stones). Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 31, 2000

"What emerges most clearly is a portrait of a complex, compelling spokesman who was growing and changing up to the moment he was cut down. (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
With but a light sprinkling of names and dates, Myers condenses his Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary (1993) to picture- book length. Read full book review >