Search Results: "Marjorie van Heerden"


BOOK REVIEW

BABY DANCE by Ann Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1999

"A boisterous romp. (Board book. 1-3)"
This abbreviated version of Taylor's poem,"The Baby Dance," drawing upon infants' universal love of song, weaves a few bouncing lines to make listeners wriggle. Read full book review >

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MARJORIE MORNINGSTAR by Herman Wouk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1955

"Primarily a woman's book, although it may open the doors to some men's understanding and sympathy."
As different from The Caine Mutiny as that was from Aurora Dawn- this should tap a wholly different vein. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"The evolution of a literary partnership at its best, with Rawlings revealing the anguish, frustration, and fulfillment of a dedicated writer's life and Perkins the empathy and unwavering standards of a remarkable editor. (Facsimiles, 6 b&w photos, most not seen.)"
The editor a writer dreams of and the writer an editor yearns for come to life in this exchange of letters. Read full book review >

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Van Ripplewink by Paul Clayton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2016

"A serious novel with an amusing premise."
Clayton (In the Shape of a Man, 2013, etc.) updates the story of Rip Van Winkle in this social novel.Read full book review >

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VAN JOHNSON by Ronald L. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A perfectly pleasant double feature."
The Van Johnson Story. Starring . . . Van Johnson. Read full book review >

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THE LONG SILENCE OF MARIO SALVIATI by Etienne van Heerden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Ambitious but diffuse."
Van Heerden offers a lyrical but underpowered interpretation of his country's history as a young woman visits an isolated village that's trapped in the past. Read full book review >

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MAG-MARJORIE and WON OVER by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Though the tales are dated and at a glance have little import for the modern reader, Gilman's sharp characters and her insights into gender traps provide enough appeal to interest those outside academic circles."
Two didactic, at times sentimental novels (first serialized in Gilman's magazine, The Forerunner) still prove fascinating in their explications of gender in turn-of-the-century New England. Read full book review >

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VAN MORRISON by Johnny Rogan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2006

"Sprightly despite its amplitude, a narrative of propulsive drive that is also a reflective, associative piece of social history."
Nearly breath-by-breath biography of the influential Irish musician who has made a dent in rock, blues, folk, country and jazz. Read full book review >

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VAN GOGH by Steven Naifeh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"Despite its exhaustive length, the book is brilliantly written and engaging, presenting a three-dimensional and larger-than-life portrait of the artist."
A gripping and almost certainly definitive account of the all-too-short life of a great artist who believed he was doomed to oblivion. Read full book review >

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VAN CLIBURN by Howard Reich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 1993

"Prospective Cliburnites are better advised to invest in the CD re-release of his legendary performances of Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto and Rachmaninoff's second. (Illustrations—16 pp. color & b&w—not seen) (First printing of 35,000)"
The noted American pianist receives an overlong popular biography, stuffed with irritating detail on virtually every page. Read full book review >

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THE VAN by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Vintage Doyle."
A beaten-up van dispensing fish and chips, not some clearing in the deep woods, is the setting for Doyle's warm, humorous, and cleareyed look at male friendship—in this his third book featuring the irrepressible Rabbitte family of Dublin (The Commitments, 1989; The Snapper, see above). Read full book review >