Search Results: "Phyllis Grosskurth"


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BYRON by Phyllis Grosskurth
NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 1997

"But too often, unfortunately, Grosskurth's meticulous cataloguing of Byron's madness and badness deadens the reader to this mercurial sadist's attractiveness—that is, to what made him dangerous. (24 b&w photos, not seen)"
This fairly routine psychobiography adequately chronicles the life, loves, and poems of Romantic literature's most famous rake. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 1991

"Freudians."
Aided by previously undisclosed correspondence, Grosskurth (Havelock Ellis, 1980, etc.; Humanities and Psychoanalytic Thought/Univ. of Toronto) takes the story of the brilliant, wildly neurotic men who contrived to safeguard Freudian thought and turns it into an intriguing psychological saga-cum-tragicomedy of manners. Read full book review >

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BARTLEBY OF THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI by Phyllis Shalant
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"There are no interior illustrations, but the cover aptly conveys the final amiable relationship that is reached between Seezer and Bartleby when they realize they must put aside their opposite natures and work as a team to reach their final destination. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Shalant (The Great Eye, 1996, etc.) presents a delightful fantasy about a pet turtle named Bartleby who wants to return to his home in the Mississippi. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Storytelling and the power of words, however, while present as themes, never overwhelm the delicately wrapped core of this piece: the tolerance and unconditional affection between the two main characters. (Picture book. 7-10)"
In this picture-book debut, Serefina is seven years old and comes, her grandmother says, "from a long line of people who are full of imagination." Read full book review >

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LETTERS TO A YOUNG FEMINIST by Phyllis Chesler
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"At a time when feminism is in great flux, this volume fails to offer any valuable advice to a group of women who desperately need it."
Chesler's latest missive from the feminist front is a superficial and poorly organized ``open letter'' to contemporary women that only regurgitates already spoken ideologies. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"Readers can make up their own minds with the help of this evenhanded portrait."
Carefully considered, well-balanced biography of the controversial Japanese artist who created a stir in modernist Paris and was later vilified for his pro-fascist war paintings. Read full book review >

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WOMAN’S INHUMANITY TO WOMAN by Phyllis Chesler
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"The material is familiar, but feminists and sexists alike should find the package challenging."
"Women are sexists too" is the not-very-surprising thesis of this reference-packed tome from psychologist, feminist, and author Chesler (Letters to a Young Feminist, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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MARTINI REGRETS by Phyllis  Smallman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"If you think the world that Sherri gets mixed up in doesn't seem very closely related to the rest of her life, you'll find big developments in this story that are bound to have lasting repercussions for this series—though they happen so quickly that readers may be left in shock."
Trying to keep mum after she's witnessed a crime does nothing to keep bar owner Sherri Travis out of trouble. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"But even those who might dismiss Chesler on grounds of political ideologuing cannot ignore the ardent analysis of critical issues buried in her radical jargon."
This assortment of essays (1986 to 1994) assesses sexual inequality in America and demands deep structural changes for the future survival of all women and men. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 2001

"For the woman who has recently joined the bereft sisterhood, reading Greene's book is akin to having someone to share a sigh and a knowing smile with."
A new widow shares her thoughts on matters large and small as she gradually adapts to being single after a lifetime as half of a couple. Read full book review >

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MYOPIA by Phyllis Skoy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"The author deftly captures the humor and pathos of Jewish life and the many quirks of her colorful family."
A memoir traces the history of a Jewish family from Russia to New England. Read full book review >

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WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA HAM? by Phyllis Richman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 3, 2001

"Richman's prose is as sharp as ever, but like a novice waiter, she draws out the appetizer interminably, then presents the main course, the dessert, and the check only minutes before closing time."
No doubt about it: Ringo Laurenge, the Washington Examiner' s new business reporter, is having a corrosive effect on the once-collegial newsroom. Read full book review >