Search Results: "Penelope Rowlands"


BOOK REVIEW

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"A bonbon for fans but a legacy better served by more substantive journalism."
Journalist and critic Rowlands (Paris Was Ours, 2011, etc.) delivers a collection of light-as-a-feather remembrances of the Beatles' British invasion. Read full book review >

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THORNTON WILDER by Penelope Niven
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Although at times overwhelmed by her own research, Niven creates a perceptive, indispensable portrait of a productive and restlessly intellectual life."
A satisfying and insightful, if overlong, picture of a solitary writer who never stopped being a family man. Read full book review >

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CLEOPATRA'S SISTER by Penelope Lively
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 1993

"This is amusing in the urbane British way, satiric without ever testing the limits of credibility, larkish but not fluffy—in short, more of the Lively right stuff."
This latest addition to the Lively oeuvre (The Road to Lichfield, City of the Mind, etc.) is a welcome one—a kind of romance with star-crossed lovers and all, but with a lot more sardonicism than Shakespeare ever vented on Romeo and Juliet. Read full book review >

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STEICHEN by Penelope Niven
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Highly informative, and an absolute necessity for understanding the development of photography as an art form in the first half of this century. (50 b&w photos, not seen)"
While working on her well-received biography of Carl Sandburg (1991), Niven became fascinated by the poet's brother-in-law, the pioneering photographer Edward Steichen (18791973). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN FIRST by Penelope Leach
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 25, 1994

"Mild reservations aside, this is valiant and worthy and should have quite a following. (First printing of 75,000)"
Branded with the emphatic subtitle ``What our society must do- -and is not doing—for our children today,'' this bridge-burning work by the author of such respected parenting titles as Your Baby & Child, Babyhood, and The First Six Months is radical and provocative in its outlook for family and state. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 13, 2015

"Leach strikes the right balance between a hard-nosed examination of the data and a compassionate, let's-make-this-work pragmatism. This will allow parents to shore up their children's stability when it may feel like everything else is crumbling down."
A guide to managing the fallout for children when parents choose to separate and divorce. Read full book review >

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A HOUSE UNLOCKED by Penelope Lively
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"As Lively shapes the greater social picture, she keeps it invested with a personal stake, making her world a deeply lived experience."
A memoir from novelist Lively (Spiderweb, 1999, etc.) in which the personal opens onto the greater social vista with the help of grace and a gimlet eye, as nearly an entire century reverberates inside an English country house. Read full book review >

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THE ROAD TO LICHFIELD by Penelope Lively
Released: Feb. 1, 1991

This first novel by Lively, author of the 1987 Booker Prize-winning Moon Tiger, has remained unknown to American readers since it was written over ten years ago-a pity, since it's rich and subtly contrived. Read full book review >

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HEART OF THE WEST by Penelope Williamson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1995

Sexual tension on the prairie: A woman loves two brothers in western Montana—a godly one and a ``hell-bent boy.'' In her first hardcover romance, Williamson repeats an old theme: A Boston blueblood who's been battered by her father finds freedom and passion in marriage. Read full book review >

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THE BLUE FLOWER by Penelope Fitzgerald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1997

"A historical novel that's touching, funny, unflinchingly tragic, and at the same time uncompromising in its accuracy, learning and detail: a book that brings its subject entirely alive, almost nothing seeming beyond its grasp."
The German poet Novalis (1772-1801) was really Friedrich Leopold von Hardenberg and Fitzgerald (The Gates of Angels, 1992; Offshore, 1987, etc.) here re-creates him, his family, his doomed young lover Sophie von Kühn, and Sophie's huge family—not to mention the era all of them lived in—in the most human-sized and yet intellectually capacious narrative a reader could wish for. Read full book review >

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CONSEQUENCES by Penelope Lively
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2007

"Intelligent escapism: Although grounded by social history, this novel has its head in the fairy-tale clouds, where good things always await."
Three generations of independent women in a single family are fortunate enough to meet the loves of their lives. Read full book review >