Search Results: "Paula Byrne"


BOOK REVIEW

BYRNE by Anthony Burgess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"This is a swan song like no other, and one of the most delightful books of the decade."
The prolific (over 50 books) and protean Burgess (1917-93), author of such amazingly varied fictions as Enderby (1967), Napoleon Symphony (1974), and A Dead Man in Deptford (1995), left this rambunctious "novel in verse" completed at his death. Read full book review >

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PAULA by Isabel Allende
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 1995

"A fascinating window into the creative world of Allende, who, with dignity and courage, tells her life's story as reflected through the tragic death of her daughter."
In her first nonfiction work, Allende (The Infinite Plan, 1993, etc.) produces a beautiful and deeply personal account of the process of grieving and the power of stories. Read full book review >

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KICK by Paula Byrne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"At first, the book is less a biography and more a society report of England's upper class, but it evolves into an exciting, heartbreakingly tense love story."
The Kennedys all kept journals, and Byrne (Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice, 2014, etc.) uses them to the fullest in this biography of Kathleen, aka Kick (1920-1948).Read full book review >

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BELLE by Paula Byrne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"Byrne brings to this brief history an eye for telling details of daily life, slaveholders' unthinkable cruelty, and the fervent work of a few good men and women who changed their world."
A history of Britain's anti-slavery struggle that begins with a child. Read full book review >

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THE REAL JANE AUSTEN by Paula Byrne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Her exquisite novels remain the major source of fascination with Jane Austen."
For Austen obsessives, this latest study offers a few flashes of revelation amid long stretches of minutiae. Read full book review >

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THE GENIUS OF JANE AUSTEN by Paula Byrne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2017

"A thoroughly researched, somewhat scholarly investigation of Austen's oeuvre for devoted Austen fans with some background in literature."
Biographer Byrne (Kick: The True Story of JFK's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth, 2016, etc.) explores Jane Austen's passion for the theatre and the influence of comedic plays on her writing. Read full book review >

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PAULA BUNYAN by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 6, 2009

"The text is printed on cream-toned stock, often with black-and-white vignettes contributing to the old-timey look. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Paula Bunyan, who could outwrestle her more famous brother Paul "three times out of six," gets tired of hauling ferries across the river on her shoulders and sets out for more open spaces where she can sing without breaking china and walk without running out of forest. Read full book review >

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MAD WORLD by Paula Byrne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 9, 2010

"A sharp, entertaining literary biography that encompasses plenty despite its narrow focus."
A perceptive study of how Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966) emerged from middle-class beginnings to inhabit the tony corridors described in Brideshead Revisited (1945). Read full book review >

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PAULA SPENCER by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2007

"Profound, subtle and unsentimental—the latest from a master back in top form."
An intimate, humane portrait of a working-class Irish woman's pleasures and struggles in her first year of sobriety. Read full book review >

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THE TRIUMPH OF KATIE BYRNE by Barbara Taylor Bradford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 27, 2001

"Bradford's chatterbox style and cast of thousands create nothing but confusion, but her fans probably won't care."
A ho-hum mystery of sorts from megaselling Bradford (A Sudden Change of Heart, 1999, etc.), this about a young actress who's haunted by a violent attack on her closest chums. Read full book review >

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The Legend of Imogene Byrne by James McGrath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 2016

"An action-packed thriller, marred by a lumbering plot and mechanical prose."
A real estate agent is unwittingly drawn into a murder mystery that involves political intrigue in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Preach it, Paula."
An encyclopedic tour of Southern cuisine that leaves no doubt about Deen's (Paula Deen: It Ain't All About the Cooking, 2009, etc.) latest bountiful and delicious contributions to the contemporary American kitchen. Read full book review >