Search Results: "Philomena O'Neill"


BOOK REVIEW

PHILOMENA by Martin Sixsmith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A searingly poignant account of forced adoption and its consequences."
A British journalist's novelistic biography about an unwed Irish mother and the son she was forced to give up for adoption. Read full book review >

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EUGENE O'NEILL by Stephen A. Black
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"O'Neill proves a fascinating, if morbid, traveling companion, and Black a capable and erudite cicerone. (40 illus.)"
Mourning may become Electra, but it served equally well for O'Neill, who, as Black (English/Simon Fraser Univ.) contends in this massive biography, worked through his personal tragedies by recasting them for the stage. Read full book review >

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EUGENE O'NEILL by Robert M. Dowling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Although O'Neill claimed he was a 'tragic optimist,' Dowling's sympathetic, comprehensive portrait reveals a man beset by self-hatred and despair, struggling—and failing—to find salvation."
A portrait of a playwright inspired by suffering. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF ROSE O'NEILL by Rose O'Neill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"Florid writing and lack of drama rule out a popular readership, though as a record of the artistic concerns of a distinctive woman and shaper of popular sensibilities, it may be useful for historians. (15 illustrations, not seen)"
This memoir by the creator of the once popular Kewpie figure lacks the literary strength to raise it above a mere curiosity. Read full book review >

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DANCE ME, DADDY by Cindy Morgan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"Like Love You Forever, this sentimental picture book is likely to appeal more to parents than children. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Songwriter Morgan adapts her "King of the World" (sung by evangelical ensemble Point of Grace on an accompanying CD) with limited success. Read full book review >

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TOADS AND TESSELLATIONS by Sharon Morrisette
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Readers will come away with a little more knowledge about tiled patterns, if not shoemaking, but the visual and fictional wrapping does more to obscure the concept than illuminate it. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Two children work out a patterning problem in a tale that is more "math"—actually geometry—than "adventure." Read full book review >

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EQUAL SHMEQUAL by Virginia Kroll
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"A cute look at what can be a difficult concept. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Forest animals learn the many meanings of "equal" through a game of tug-of-war. Read full book review >

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BY WOMEN POSSESSED by Arthur Gelb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Although the Gelbs deeply admire O'Neill's talents, they portray the same cruel and desperately unhappy man who emerges from many other biographies."
A biography of the playwright who was haunted by three wives and his mother. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Too few tidbits for Charlie Chaplin fans, and even the few Oonaphiles out there will be disappointed. (16 pages b&w photos)"
Though she was Eugene O'Neill's daughter, Charlie Chaplin's third wife (married at the age of 18), and the mother of actress Geraldine Chaplin, Oona O'Neill Chaplin (192591) did not lead the kind of life that merits a book-length recounting, especially one as lax and disorganized as this one by her former daughter-in-law. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 1998

"A semi-hidden life of unbroken allegiance, compassionately rendered. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
Devotion to genius characterizes the life of Eugene O—Neill's daughter and Charlie Chaplin's wife in this respectful overview. Read full book review >