Search Results: "Marguerite Holloway"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 18, 2013

"A solid contribution to the history of the early republic."
Sturdy biography of an important, long-overlooked figure in the early development of the United States. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A poignant and powerful book. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
A respectful, unsentimental portrait of a village in Mali, and a moving story of a warm friendship between an American Peace Corps volunteer fresh out of college and a young Malian health worker. Read full book review >

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DEAR DEPARTED by Marguerite Yourcenar
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Yourcenar intertwines these intricately imagined lives with issues in European thought and politics that will strike many as arcane—making this one of her less interesting works, though two follow-up volumes have yet to be published here. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Yourcenar's re-creation of her ancestors' lives in 19th- and 20th-century Belgium, published in France in 1974, is unlikely to appeal to many American readers as it fails to relate directly to the experience of the late French Academy member (1903-87), author of Two Lives and a Dream, 1987; Mishima, 1986, etc. Opening with the Zen koan ``What did your face look like before your father and mother met?,'' the 70-year-old Yourcenar attempts to unearth the seeds of her being in the lives of her parents and ancestors, most of whom she never knew. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1999

"The book is useful for multicultural studies, but shines as a warm family story. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An outstanding intergenerational tale that captures a slice of life in contemporary China. Read full book review >

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ADOPTION STORY: A Son Is Given by Marguerite Ryan
Released: May 2, 1989

An adoptive mother's own account of every adoptive parent's nightmare: the birth mother changes her mind months after the newborn settles in; the adoption agreement appears to be legally shaky; all parties end up in family court. Read full book review >

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EMILY L. by Marguerite Duras
Released: May 15, 1989

Duras (The Lover; The War, etc.) here offers a wise, graceful book, at once modern in its self-consciousness and classic in its clarity. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"For die-hard Duras fans only."
A slim memoir of a revitalizing love affair, overwhelmed by intellectual overkill. Read full book review >

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SUMMER RAIN by Marguerite Duras
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"Slight and silly and adrip with intellectual attitude."
Duras, in an afterword, explains that this present book was written as a kind of appendage to and reworking of a movie she'd made, The Children. Read full book review >

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POISONING THE ANGELS by Marguerite Shakespeare
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Too many neatly dovetailed relationships and predictably pesky villains, but Shakespeare's handling of edgy family members, especially despairing wives, is top-notch."
Two sons skewer their unethical dads in Shakespeare's third Lloyd's of London insurance thriller (A Question of Risk, 1990 etc.). Read full book review >

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The Band 4 by Marguerite Gruen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2016

"A whimsical, if unbelievable, romantic fantasy about a celebrity couple."
When an American tourist and a member of a successful British band fall in love, will they live happily ever after? Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1992

"Profound meditations from a woman near her own death—nearly buried beneath a number of less worthy topics and treatments, certainly, but worth unearthing nevertheless."
A posthumous collection of essays that, as in Dear Departed (1991), again reveal the late French Academy member's exceptionally wide range of interests: forceful opinions on everything from the books of Carlos Castaneda to the wearing of fur coats fill this slender, often arcane, but occasionally illuminating volume. Read full book review >