Search Results: "Penelope Stanley-Baker"


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FRYDERYK CHOPIN by Catherine Weill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Attractive to look at, to hold and to hear, this is a good selection for music-making children. (Informational picture book/audiobook. 6-10)"
Charming illustrations and a thoughtful choice of performance examples enhance this deceptively simple introduction to the life and work of Frederic Chopin that emphasizes the singing voice of his piano music. Read full book review >

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THICKER THAN WATER by Penelope Farmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"Unusually rich and involving. (Fiction. 10-15)"
In a subtle exploration of loss, grief, and family ties, Farmer (Charlotte Sometimes, 1969, etc.) incorporates an uneasy ghost yearning for decent burial into an orphaned boy's difficulties adapting to a new home. Read full book review >

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THE PURPLE SWAMP HEN AND OTHER STORIES by Penelope Lively
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"A treasure trove of fictional gems."
How well do we ever know another person? That's the leitmotif of this witty but piercing new collection by Man Booker winner Lively (Dancing Fish and Ammonites, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

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FAMILY ALBUM by Penelope Lively
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2009

"Cool, anticlimactic storytelling, lacking the Booker Prize-winning author's customary delicacy and depth."
Lively (Consequences, 2007, etc.) anatomizes a sprawling but not especially enthralling middle-class clan. Read full book review >

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PACK OF CARDS: Stories: 1978-1986 by Penelope Lively
Released: March 11, 1986

Though Lively (Moon Tiger; Perfect Happiness) can be satirical, even wicked, these 36 stories (two earlier collections from England plus assorted recent stories, some published in US magazines) are mostly gentle, affectionate portraits of English men and women who muddle through. Read full book review >

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THE AFTERLIFE by Penelope Fitzgerald
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 15, 2003

"Her sidelong journeys through the stalls and stacks, pointing out treasures and private passions, will delight those Virginia Woolf honored with the designation 'the common reader,' who are, of course, none-too-common these days."
Though Fitzgerald, who died in 2000, was surely a writer for her time, the English novelist and essayist (The Means of Escape, 2000, etc.) seemed most at home wandering through libraries devoted to late Victorian and Edwardian writers, many now forgotten. Read full book review >

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DANCING FISH AND AMMONITES by Penelope Lively
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"Readers will share her relief that dementia has not made an appearance. Although they will long for her next novel, few will regret that she has taken time off to write this unsentimental, occasionally poignant meditation on a long life, mostly well spent."
An insightful book of self-reflection from the acclaimed novelist—"not quite a memoir," she writes, but "the view from old age." Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1999

This undistinguished debut contains a jumbled assortment of general information about the wee folk (all of whom are evidently European), a bland original fairy tale, and an incomplete recipe for fairy cakes with cream icing (i.e., no instructions for the icing), all matched to competently drawn but conventional views of green-clad beings with pointy ears and dragonfly wings. Read full book review >

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FREEZING by Penelope Evans
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1998

"Maybe, but meanwhile Evans uses every word of her novel to immerse its mousy hero more deeply into his death-in-life."
A lonely morgue photographer's fixation on a late client unleashes madness and violence. Read full book review >

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SPIDERWEB by Penelope Lively
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"A quietly compelling drama with many shades of sadness, this is also a scrupulous portrait, both honest and sympathetic, of the proverbial rolling stone."
A strong addition to the already impressive list of Lively's fictional accomplishments (Heat Wave, 1996, etc.), this contemplative tale features a social anthropologist who proves increasingly unable to cope with retirement in her new pastoral home in the west of England, where entanglements good and bad threaten to undo a life of complete self-sufficiency. Read full book review >

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CARL SANDBURG by Penelope Niven
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 1991

Sandburg's long life (1878-1967) illustrates the great American success story: Emerging from an austere Swedish immigrant background, through work, discipline, clean living, and high thinking he achieved fame, love, power, and money, and was identified at his death, at age 89, with the voice of America. Read full book review >