Search Results: "Peter Costello"


BOOK REVIEW

PETER by Kate Walker
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"David, a wiser head, comfortable with his preference, one who can offer physical affection without sexual overtones; and, in Peter, a realistically distressed teenager who is finally able to muster enough perspective to weather his crisis. (Fiction. YA)"
When he finds himself attracted to his older brother's gay friend David, Peter is plunged into the kind of sexual uncertainty many young men feel. Read full book review >

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ELIZABETH COSTELLO by J.M. Coetzee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2003

"As argument, literate, impassioned, and disturbing; as fiction, overemphatic and often dull. Perhaps only for Coetzee's most ardent admirers."
Multiple Booker winner Coetzee (Disgrace, 2000, etc.) dramatizes—just barely—a celebrated Australian author's considerations of "the humanities" as embodied in moral action. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 1991

"An incorrigible tendency toward abbreviating Conan Doyle's views to promulgate his own diminishes Costello's well-researched quasi-biography, which ultimately makes the crimes more interesting than the crimewriter. (Sixteen-page photo insert—not seen.)"
Whether you agree or not that Sherlock Holmes was the greatest detective who never lived, there is little evidence here that his maker, Conan Doyle, could have been admitted to the first rank of investigators—unless enthusiasm for the grisly be the prime qualification. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1993

"Of interest, then, though Richard Ellmann's James Joyce remains the definitive life. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs.)"
Assimilating masses of published and unpublished sources and hearsay, this ``popular'' biography, according to Costello (The Real World of Sherlock Holmes, 1991, etc.), is ``radically new'' in reconstructing Joyce's early years—the social, political, cultural, and domestic life; the family, friends, education, and economic circumstances that provided the prototypes and themes of his fiction. Read full book review >

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PETER JENNINGS by Kate Darnton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Evocative glimpses of a sorely missed class act."
A warm tribute to the Canadian high-school dropout who anchored ABC's World News Tonight for 22 years. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 5, 1971

"And a serious piece by Carolyn Heilbrun from The American Scholar attesting to the 'enduring' grace of Lord Peter."
A fond recapitulation of the contribution of Dorothy Sayers by James Sandoe who edited this collection running to 430 pages and ending with a parody Codetta by E. C. Bentley. Read full book review >

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PETER CUBED by Ken Goldberg
Released: Aug. 12, 2012

"A wild ride with a dark side that could be too much for some readers."
Goldberg's sequel to Peter Squared (2012) pushes the boundaries of the literary novel. Read full book review >

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PETER TAYLOR by Hubert H. McAlexander
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Of use and interest to students of southern letters and postwar American fiction."
A workmanlike biography of the noted southern writer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"A readable biography, undeniably a useful contribution to Joyce studies, though overlong and over-detailed for most casual fans. (16 pages b&w photos)"
In this exhaustive work, Dubliners and Joyce scholars Jackson and Costello (the latter the author of James Joyce, 1993) portray the Joyces' paterfamilias as a colorful figure from a fading world, and his orbit as a priceless source for much of James's fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PETER O'TOOLE by Robert Sellers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"This engrossing biography of an often excruciatingly difficult though uniquely gifted actor should encourage readers to seek out some of O'Toole's many memorable film performances."
The life and career of enigmatic stage and film actor Peter O'Toole (1932-2013). Read full book review >

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PUFFIN PETER by Petr Horácek
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"A sweet tale of friendship and persistence. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When a storm separates two best friends, the other sea creatures step in to try and facilitate a reunion. Read full book review >

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PETER SQUARED by Ken Goldberg
Released: July 23, 2012

"By turns comic and tragic, readers must form their own opinions about what truly constitutes sanity in an insane world."
Clinical psychologist Goldberg's first novel explores the twin concepts of outsider status and insanity, with a mathematical twist. Read full book review >