Search Results: "Matthew Dennison"


BOOK REVIEW

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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"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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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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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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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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TEMPLE by George Dennison
Released: June 15, 1994

"A potluck with some good bits, but it is clear that the author would have made something greater than simply the sum of its parts."
Dennison (Luisa Domic, 1985, etc.) died in 1987, and this genial hodgepodge draws from his journals and his scattered notes on and interviews with people in Temple, Me., the rural community to which he migrated from New York City. Read full book review >

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MURDER AT HONEYCHURCH HALL by Hannah Dennison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 13, 2014

"Dennison (Thieves!, 2011, etc.) launches a new series with a potpourri of sentimentality and suspense. It all works since the dryly self-deprecating heroine keeps herself centered in spite of the zaniness around her."
Life with the landed gentry lands an antiques expert in even more of a muddle than the one she's trying to escape. Read full book review >

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DEADLY DESIRES AT HONEYCHURCH HALL by Hannah Dennison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 5, 2015

"Even if Dennison had pared down the number of frenetic adventures to make a more plausible story, the twee alarm would still squawk. Thank goodness for Kat's common sense."
Deception, theft, and death disrupt the Devonshire village of Little Dipperton. Read full book review >

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A KILLER BALL AT HONEYCHURCH HALL by Hannah Dennison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"The third in Dennison's series of zany country cozies veers even closer to farce than its predecessors (Desire at Honeychurch Hall, 2015, etc.). It's still enjoyable if you don't think too hard."
A decades-old costume event brings new trouble for a titled family and its tenants. Read full book review >

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MURDEROUS MAYHEM AT HONEYCHURCH HALL by Hannah Dennison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"An overstuffed cream puff of a farce, with secret identities, family heirlooms, and ghosts oozing from every corner."
Plucky blonde Kat Stanford once again finds herself mixed up in the antics, antiques, and sudden deaths of the local gentry and village (A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall, 2016) in this featherweight treat. Read full book review >

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OH MY GODDESS
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Freya by Matthew Laurence

Cover Story: Photo Op
BFF Charm: Natalie Imbruglia
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Modern Theology
Bonus Factor: Gods and Goddesses (+ Diversity)
Factor: Open-Ended
Relationship Status: Agnostic

Cover Story: Photo Op

Although the wings on this cover are more colorful than the DeLand Wings, everything about the image reminds me of the photos I’ve ...


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