Search Results: "Matthew Dennison"


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"OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY" by Matthew Dennison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"Potter described her stories as giving 'pleasure without ugliness.' The same can be said of this respectful biography."
The life of the prolific children's author was circumscribed, even by Victorian standards. Read full book review >

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THE TWELVE CAESARS by Matthew Dennison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 25, 2013

"Dennison provides a capable series of portraits, but those searching for a richer analysis of Roman culture and government during this era should read Adrian Goldsworthy or Michael Grant."
Roman historian Suetonius wrote The Twelve Caesars in the second century, and many subsequent writers have appropriated the title. In this latest example, British journalist Dennison (Livia, Empress of Rome, 2011, etc.) summarizes Suetonius and other ancients (Pliny, Tacitus, Cassius Dio, Josephus) as well as scholars today, who often quarrel with their interpretations. Read full book review >

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BEHIND THE MASK by Matthew Dennison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"A lively, vigorously written biography of a singular character that beckons readers urgently back to Sackville-West's writing."
A passionately delineated portrait of the savage writer, fiercely private lover of women, and eccentric denizen of Sissinghurst. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"The author's first clause—'It should not have happened'—refers to Beatrice's unexpected birth; the words also apply to this soporific biography."
Dull account of the dull life of Beatrice, the final child of Queen Victoria and her beloved Albert. Read full book review >

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QUEEN VICTORIA by Matthew Dennison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 24, 2014

"Although Dennison often relies on secondary sources and rocks few boats, this is an insightful, short look at the life of an immortal if only sometimes-admirable queen."
A judicious but lively biography of the highly un-Victorian Queen Victoria (1819-1901), from journalist and historian Dennison (The Twelve Caesars: The Dramatic Lives of the Emperors of Rome, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

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LIVIA, EMPRESS OF ROME by Matthew Dennison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"A deeply considered look at women and power in the late Roman age."
Wife of one emperor, mother of another, Empress Livia proves a powerful tool with which to amplify on the "dog days" of the Roman Empire. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW A.B.C. by Peter Catalanotto
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 2002

"A stunning play of art and verbal imagination. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The backgrounds to the illustrations in Catalanotto's inspired alphabet book may remind readers of Mark Rothko's paintings, but the portraits of the characters in the foregrounds of the bifurcated color fields are uniformly droll. Mrs. Tuttle's kindergarten class has 25 students, all named Matthew, and most with jug ears and gap-toothed smiles. Read full book review >

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GETTING RID OF MATTHEW by Jane Fallon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"Fallon's debut is sharp enough, but a languishing plot dulls the author's wit."
The other woman attempts to make amends in this debut novel from Fallon, a U.K. television producer and partner of comedian Ricky Gervais. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW UNSTRUNG by Kate Seago
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Uneven but often engrossing. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A harrowing, if roughly constructed debut, based on the experiences of the author's grandfather; this tale of a student with a learning disability who is driven into a nervous breakdown is set in the early years of this century, when treatment of insanity was still firmly fixed in the Dark Ages. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2009

"Honest and inspiring."
A mother's memoir of her young son, his murder and the effect on a galvanized public. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW WHEELOCK'S WALL by Frances Ward Weller
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Truly outstanding in every way: a book of rare insight and beauty. (Picture book. 4+)"
Old Matthew and his horse cleared a pasture, 100 years ago, putting the biggest rocks in a trench and saving the others. Read full book review >

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I, MATTHEW HENSON by Carole Boston Weatherford
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Lovely and inspiring. (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
A poetic first-person narrative puts readers in Matthew Henson's head as he endures institutionalized discrimination to pursue greatness in adventure, moving from cabin boy to able seaman, stock boy to explorer, eventually one of "[s]ix men—one black, one white, four Eskimos—" to reach the North Pole in 1909. Read full book review >