Search Results: "Mary-Beth Hughes"


BOOK REVIEW

DOUBLE HAPPINESS by Mary-Beth Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"Only the title story, an anti-elegy for a World Trade Center victim, demonstrates explicitly how apt Hughes's title is, for the mourners' happiness is so rare and fleeting that they're doubly happy to feel happy."
Everything about this slender collection of 11 stories from Hughes (Wavemaker II, 2001) rings true except for its ironic title. Read full book review >

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WAVEMAKER II by Mary-Beth Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A consistently accomplished debut that's still hard to take because the family's anguish seems too little distinguished from the general social funk to provide much narrative energy."
Ten years after the fall of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, his legal counsel, Roy Cohn, is still unwillingly claiming victims—in this first novel of a family turned inside out by their loyalty to Cohn. Read full book review >

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THE LOVED ONES by Mary-Beth Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"No question about this author's gift for striking imagery and vivid scene-setting, but her characterizations could be deeper, and she might consider the possibility that atmosphere is not everything."
Hughes (Double Happiness, 2010, etc.) follows a family reeling from the loss of a child through two disordered years in New Jersey and London.Read full book review >

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RUPERT HUGHES by James O. Kemm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"History's verdicts are often unfair, but despite Kemm's best, belabored efforts to resurrect Cousin Rupert's reputation, he's arguing a losing case. (30 b&w photos)"
A tediously enthusiastic biography of a once celebrated man of letters. Read full book review >

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MARY by Tomie dePaola
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"The interesting conceit behind these illustrationsto take children's book figures and place them in formal icon-like posesworks well. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A strongly religious book featuring 15 scenes from the life of Mary. Read full book review >

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LANGSTON HUGHES by Alice Walker
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"No bibliography or source notes are included. (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
The text of a 1974 picture-book biography of the poet Langston Hughes is reprinted, with new illustrations. Read full book review >

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MARY by Hillary Monahan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"An urban legend too light on either gore or camp to be any fun. (Horror. 14-18)"
Four friends face the dire consequences of summoning the infamous Bloody Mary. Read full book review >

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MARY by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1970

"The story is a slight thing at best—a frail straw in the wind."
This is Nabokov's first novel (Mashenka), more properly novella, which is best read for its germinal indications of the later works to follow: particularly the theme of the emigre in transition which will be so triumphantly realized in another habitat, Pnin; and the retrospective refrains of Speak, Memory. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 14, 1968

"The casual but forceful thrust of his poetry, a recurrent concern for the mulatto, his tremendous versatility, the uncompromising posture are affirmed in a highly sympathetic but nevertheless reliable account of his life."
"To my mind it is the duty of the younger Negro artist. . . to change through the force of his art that old whispering 'I want to be white,' hidden in the aspiration of his people, to 'Why should I want to be white? I am a Negro—and beautiful!'" That was the twenty-four-year-old Hughes writing in The Nation in 1926 and it is an early sign of an integrity that he maintained throughout his life. Read full book review >

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TED HUGHES by Jonathan Bate
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"Unauthorized, yes, but worthy of becoming the standard life of Hughes. Illuminating, elegant, and excellent."
Imaginative, comprehensive biography of the writer best known in the United States not for his own work, but for his tragic marriage to the doomed Sylvia Plath. Read full book review >

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HOWARD HUGHES by Charles Higham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1993

"Undeniably a hypnotic portrait of a great American monster."
An outing of the billionaire closet bisexual by Higham, whose bios include lives of Cary Grant, Brando, Orson Welles, the Duchess of Windsor, and L.B. Mayer, among others. Read full book review >

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MARY by Demi
by Demi, illustrated by Demi
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"An Apostolic Blessing from Pope John Paul II reproduced on the back cover emphasizes the volume's Roman Catholic orientation, though Demi's superb paintings and the exemplary design elevate the work above these potential concerns. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Demi continues her highly regarded series of biographies of spiritual leaders with this reverential, exquisitely illustrated depiction of the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Read full book review >