Search Results: "Nell Leyshon"


BOOK REVIEW

THE COLOUR OF MILK by Nell Leyshon
Released: Dec. 26, 2012

"What begins as a refreshingly unromanticized miniature of rural 19th-century Britain slips at the end into standard melodrama."
A cameo brooch of a novel from British playwright and novelist Leyshon (Devotion, 2008, etc.), under 200 pages, set in 19th-century England and narrated in the quixotic voice (including no capital letters and odd verb emphasis, among other contrivances) of a barely literate farm girl. Read full book review >

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KNITTING NELL by Julie Jersild Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 24, 2006

"Nell's unusual tenacity and generous way of coping with a bully add enlightenment to an all-too-common occurrence in children's lives everywhere. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The school life of pleasant Nell was changed when another student told her "she had a voice like a cricket with a pillow over its head." Read full book review >

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NELL GWYN by Charles Beauclerk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Such a compelling subject demands a better telling."
Nell Gwyn, daughter of a boozy, brawling bawd and a missing father, rises to fame on the English stage and to fortune in the court of her lover, King Charles II. Read full book review >

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NELL OF BRANFORD HALL by William Wise
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Though the act from which this story springs merits commemoration, the inner and outer devastation wrought by disease is more vividly captured in Cynthia DeFelice's Apprenticeship of Lucas Whittaker (1996) and Anna Myers's Graveyard Girl (1995). (Fiction. 11-13)"
Loosely connected to historical events, this tale of a 17th-century English town that isolated itself to prevent the plague from spreading celebrates selfless courage, but it does so at some distance, and within the confines of a contrived, ordinary story. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 2006

"The author never delivers the promised entertainment wallop."
A Scottish psychic is charged under Britain's Witchcraft Act of 1735 as the Allies prepare to launch the D-day invasion. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERY OF BEAUTIFUL NELL CROPSEY by Bland Simpson
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 1993

"Don't be disappointed, though, if you never do find out who killed beautiful Nell Cropsey. (Five illustrations)"
On the evening of November 20, 1901, Gibson girl Nell Cropsey, oldest daughter of a transplanted Brooklyn family, stepped out into her family's front hall in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to join her suitor Jim Wilcox—and was never seen alive again. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISLAID by Nell Zink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"A promising premise rendered in dispirited, disappointing prose."
New novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Wallcreeper (2014).Read full book review >

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THE DISSIDENT by Nell Freudenberger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Still, its vivid characters and page-turning plot make it a more than commendable first novel."
Cultural exchange breeds more misunderstanding than enlightenment in this ambitious debut novel from the author of the collection Lucky Girls (2003). Read full book review >

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KALE TO THE QUEEN by Nell Hampton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A charming debut foodie cozy with a gutsy heroine, a neat little mystery, and the requisite appended recipes."
A chef's dream job may be the death of her. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUCKY GIRLS by Nell Freudenberger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Fiction more skillful than memorable."
Five longish, often familiar, but always readable stories by Freudenberger—like Jonathan Safran Foer, a New Yorker discovery in its Summer 2001 Debut Fiction issue. Read full book review >

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BLEAKER HOUSE by Nell Stevens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"This engaging debut fulfills her confident prediction."
On a remote island, a young writer assesses her talents and her dreams. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRIVATE NOVELIST by Nell Zink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Proof that experimental fiction can be fun."
Early work by the acclaimed author of Nicotine (2016), Mislaid (2015), and Wallcreeper (2014). Read full book review >