Search Results: "Margaret Sayers Peden"


BOOK REVIEW

PAULA by Isabel Allende
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 1995

"A fascinating window into the creative world of Allende, who, with dignity and courage, tells her life's story as reflected through the tragic death of her daughter."
In her first nonfiction work, Allende (The Infinite Plan, 1993, etc.) produces a beautiful and deeply personal account of the process of grieving and the power of stories. Read full book review >

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ANTIGUA AND MY LIFE BEFORE by marcela Serrano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Only intermittently compelling."
This exploration of the mysteries of womanhood, artistic and political commitment, and identity focuses on the lifelong symbiotic friendship between rootless artist-architect Violeta Dasinski and famous pop singer Josefa Ferrer, who tells their story. Read full book review >

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THE SUM OF OUR DAYS by Isabel Allende
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2008

"A turbulent life to be both pitied and envied, and a book to be savored and reread."
Loving tribute to an unorthodox family. Read full book review >

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PORTRAIT IN SEPIA by Isabel Allende
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2001

"Though her narrative spans nearly 50 years of Chilean and American history, it's Allende's remarkable flair for character that makes it all come alive."
Complex, intriguing, ambitious, and uneven sequel to Oprah selection Daughter of Fortune (1999), continuing the story of Eliza Sommers, as told by her granddaughter, Aurora del Valle. Read full book review >

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THE PAINTER OF BATTLES by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2008

"Pérez-Reverte ends the novel imaginatively, but not soon enough to rescue it from portentousness and redundancy. The author has done and can do better than this."
Dialectic replaces drama in a different kind of historical suspense novel, an international bestseller published in the U.S. for the first time, from the Spanish author (The Queen of the South, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE SUN OVER BREDA by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2007

"Don't miss the exciting conclusions."
The siege of the Dutch city of Breda in the late-16th century near the end of the Hundred Years' War is the subject of this third installment in Pérez-Reverte's five-volume saga. Read full book review >

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APHRODITE by Isabel Allende
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"Her tact amplifies the eros that pornography kills. ($125,000 ad/promo; radio satellite tour)"
An elegant grandmother ponders the erotic side of food and the most delicious aspects of eros. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2003

"Dazzling as a kaleidoscope: an artful tumbling and knocking that throws light and reveals strange depths."
"I can't be objective where Chile is concerned," writes novelist Allende (City of the Beasts, 2002, etc.) in this evocative and, yes, highly personal, social geography cum memoir. Read full book review >

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ZORRO by Isabel Allende
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2005

"Allende's tale risks but resists descending into melodrama at every turn. The up-to-date, even postmodern ending makes for a nice touch, too, and will gladden the heart of anyone ready in his or her heart to carve a few Zs into the bad guys."
A graceful imagining of the saber-wielding, justice-dispensing freedom fighter of yore. Read full book review >

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KINGDOM OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON by Isabel Allende
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2004

"Awkward and overly expository prose makes this otherwise promising offering waver between magical adventure and social-studies lesson. (Fiction. 13-15)"
The adolescent heroes of City of the Beasts are off for another journey with primitive peoples and spectacular creatures in this clunky sequel. Read full book review >

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CITY OF THE BEASTS by Isabel Allende
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Whether this is the fault of the original writing or the translation from the Spanish is immaterial; this flaw, combined with the general pointlessness of the plot, makes this offering—all 416 pages of it—an excruciating experience. (Fiction. 10+)"
A moody American teen finds himself up the Amazon without a paddle in this aimlessly meandering and cliché-ridden fantasy. Read full book review >

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INFINITY IN THE PALM OF HER HAND by Gioconda Belli
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 10, 2009

"A realistic portrayal of the children of a laissez-faire God."
Belli (The Scroll of Seduction, 2007, etc.) profiles the First Woman. Read full book review >