Search Results: "Rebecca Barnhouse"


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REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier
Released: Sept. 23, 1938

"Should be easy to sell — easy to rent."
A brilliant piece of writing, with the atmosphere and suspense and pace that made Jamaica Inn an absorbing and thrilling story — and it has besides a depth of characterization and soundness of psychological conflict that makes it a finer and more penetrating book. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF THE MAIDSERVANT by Rebecca Barnhouse
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2009

"But the heart of the story is the pilgrimage, a dangerous journey filled with privation and hardship, one that opens Johanna's eyes to a wider world and challenges her to grow in competence and stature. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
In the author's note that follows Barnhouse's absorbing novel, readers learn that it was based on the first autobiography ever written in English, a woman's account of a pilgrimage from England to Rome in the 15th century. Read full book review >

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PEACEWEAVER by Rebecca Barnhouse
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 27, 2012

"Although it depends not a whit on the previous book, it may well drive new readers to it, so they can spend more time in this fascinating, distant place. (Historical fantasy. 12-16)"
The author of the Beowulf-inspired The Coming of the Dragon (2010) returns to sixth-century Scandinavia to tell the story of one of its minor characters. Read full book review >

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THE COMING OF THE DRAGON by Rebecca Barnhouse
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

Shaping her novel around the last part of Beowulf, Barnhouse ponders the question of good leadership in a violent age. Read full book review >

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SHELTERING REBECCA by Mary Baylis-White
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Not very deep, but pleasant as the story of a friendship and authentic as far as it goes. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When Rebecca arrives in Sally's class after being smuggled out of Germany in 1938, Sally knows little about Hitler's persecutions; but when she is given special responsibility for the young Jewish refugee, the two quickly become close friends. Read full book review >

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Released: May 29, 2012

"The unfolding mystery—not the characters—will keep readers interested in this dark tale."
Mystery novelist Simpson (A Debt of Death, 2008, etc.) weaves a twist-filled tale of deception about a young wife who disappears at a mall in upstate New York. Read full book review >

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REBECCA WEST by Carl Rollyson
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"All of the juice has been squeezed out of the details of a long, rich, unique life. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Rollyson (The Lives of Norman Mailer, 1991, etc.) piles on the details but never gets to the novelist, critic, and essayist known as Dame Rebecca West, born Cecily Fairfield (she borrowed her pen name from an Ibsen character). Read full book review >

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THE KEY TO REBECCA by Ken Follett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 22, 1980

"Top-notch entertainment—shrewdly paced, cannily crafted."
If they liked it once, they'll love it twice. Read full book review >

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REBECCA WENTWORTH’S DISTRACTION by Robert J. Begiebing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2003

"Begiebing's narrative tends to get bogged down in historical detail, but it's arresting enough to carry you through to the end. A truly creepy tale."
In this latest American Gothic from Begiebing (The Adventures of Allegra Fullerton, 1999, etc.), a mysterious girl runs afoul of her relatives and becomes the obsession of a young artist in 18th-century New England. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER REBECCA by Maureen Freely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"A delicious but sometimes disappointing retelling of the legendary page-turner."
From an American writer (My Year with the Stork Club, 1993, etc.) yet published first in Britain: a wickedly clever and witty reworking of Du Maurier's famous novel, a takeoff that falters only when Rebecca herself appears. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 2000

"Bright, lively, idiosyncratic, and penetrating observations of the personal and political that span a century. (Illustrations, family tree not seen.)"
They don't write letters like this any more: churning with energy, witty, engaging, defensive, provocative, informed, and opinionated - always opinionated. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1980

"Part pure fluff, part inspirational—a friendly, unpretentious du Maurier grab-bag."
An agreeable miscellany of minor du Maurier: 15 early stories (previously collected only in paperback), ten bits of family history and personal memoir, three poems, and a few pages of working notes for the novel Rebecca. Read full book review >