Search Results: "Margery Williams"


BOOK REVIEW

MARGERY KEMPE by Robert Glück
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 1994

"Numbingly frenzied, frustrated, and futile."
GlÅck pushes the envelope way too far as he attempts to use the history of a failed, would-be saint from the 15th century to explore his own romantic obsession in the 1990s. Read full book review >

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MR. WILLIAMS by Karen Barbour
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"What a delightful way to show young readers 'how it was back then.' (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Mr. J.W. Williams grew up in rural Louisiana during the Depression. Read full book review >

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TENNESSEE WILLIAMS by John Lahr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2014

"There is only one word for this biography: superb."
The tormented life of a celebrated American playwright. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS by Simon Heffer
Released: April 6, 2001

"Brevity may be the soul of wit, but biography often deserves a little bit more."
A slender biography of English composer Vaughan Williams that pays more attention to the music than the man. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 26, 1994

"Spankingly well-produced with superb illustrations."
The biographer of Nietzsche, Kafka, Brecht, Sartre, Proust and de Sade takes on Tennessee Williams with intelligent, neatly weighed but uninspired results. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 13, 2004

"Despite the tawdry ending, Montville clearly had fun creating a playful buzz of words to raise the ghost of The Splendid Splinter."
Snazzy biography of The Kid that manages to be subtly characterful and thorough at the same time. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 1996

"A fascinating record, and a double window into the biographies of two major poets."
Spanning nearly a lifetime, from 1907 to 1963, the friendship between ``Liebes Ezrachen'' and ``Deer Bull'' makes up, in Pound's words, ``two halves of what might have made a fairly decent poet'' divided by ``the wide atlantic ocean.'' Their more than 50 years of animated letters started after a friendship at the University of Pennsylvania, continued through their ties to Imagism, then endured as they pursued their differing yet consonant ideas of poetry. Read full book review >

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DEAR HANK WILLIAMS by Kimberly Willis Holt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2015

"Soulful and satisfying. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Tate has gumption, and it's a good thing: She's the only one who has faith in her ability to sing—except for her little brother, Frog, and everyone seems surprised whenever Tate mentions him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A baseball hero and an American hero, the last player to hit over .400 in a season; here, Ted Williams is introduced to a new generation of baseball fans. (author's note, statistics, bibliography) (Picture book/ biography. 6-10)"
Ted Williams' goal was, as the subtitle suggests, to be the greatest hitter who ever lived. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARGERY WILLIAMS’S THE VELVETEEN RABBIT by Lou Fancher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Why not just wait? (Picture book. 3-5)"
In his note to the reader, Fancher (The Range Eternal, p. 1222, etc.) writes, "I've shortened the text to allow more room for the artwork," as an explanation for this abbreviated version of the beloved classic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT by Margery Williams
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Rendered in semitransparent watercolor and colored pencil, the art has an ethereal look that misses out on the warm intimacy Michael Hague brought to his interpretation (1983; reprinted in 2008), but for technical accomplishment and stateliness overmatches Monique Felix's similarly formal pictures (1994) or the plethora of less-memorable versions. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Precious as the language sounds to modern ears (the term "nursery magic" alone will likely set the eyes of even preliterate listeners to rolling), Williams' 1922 classic remains a read-aloud standard thanks to the way big themes of life, death and change weave through its seemingly small and largely familiar domestic events. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RESCUERS by Margery Sharp
Released: Oct. 29, 1959

"Here, on mouse scale, are all the elements of gang plotting, adroit execution, and hairbreadth escape. Here also is a sly humor which digs sharply into the human scheme. Good entertainment, funny, absurd, and thoroughly beguiling.</p>"
<p>An ingenious fantasy, an almost credible satire, this story—a departure from the author's usual material—deals with a trio of mice and their rescue of an imprisoned Norwegian poet. Read full book review >