Search Results: "Paula Kamen"


BOOK REVIEW

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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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"A highly responsible and eye-opening work—and an excellent complement to Susan Faludi's Backlash (reviewed above)."
A startling view of the younger generation's attitude toward feminism, in which the older feminist generation is roundly criticized and a new style of exploration emerges. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2005

"Sharp, entertaining, informative, and blessedly free of poor-me-see-how-I-suffered-ism."
A darkly witty account of Kamen's long search for a cure for her headache, melded with a report on medicine's failure to solve the mystery of headaches and society's reluctance to take them seriously—especially when it's a woman who has them. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A disquieting reminder of the old maxim, 'The dead can't answer back.'"
An attempt to explain a friend's baffling suicide. 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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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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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 >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 2007

"Perhaps too wide-ranging, but proficiently covers enormous cultural and literary territory."
Another thorough survey of Spanish history and culture by accomplished British scholar Kamen (Empire: How Spain Became a World Power, 2003, etc.), focusing on the essential experience of mass exile over four decades in forming Spanish identity. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"While its wealth of detail will appeal more to academics and other specialists than to lay readers, its clear prose makes it accessible to all."
A very well researched, kaleidoscopic study of late medieval and early modern Europe's most notorious—if hardly its most devastating—religious and racial witch hunt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIDDEN MUSIC by Gloria Kamen
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1996

"Dishearteningly, it lacks a discography that could bring the book's audience even closer to Felix and Fanny's music. (b&w illustrations, not seen, glossary, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
Felix Mendelssohn's music ushers in most marriages; his sister Fanny's music remains mostly unpublished and unperformed. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"Well written and exactingly researched, of much appeal for professional historians and general readers with an interest in the world-systems view of things."
Wide-ranging survey considers Spain's conquest of much of the Americas in the light of conditions and developments back home. Read full book review >

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PHILIP OF SPAIN by Henry Kamen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"Essential reading for all students of the turbulent 16th century. (32 illustrations, not seen) (History Book Club selection)"
A scholarly and comprehensive biography that reconsiders the reputation of King Philip II of Spain (152798). Read full book review >