Search Results: "Rebecca Stott"


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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 CORAL THIEF by Rebecca Stott
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"Skillfully embeds early 19th-century culture, history and attitudes into a story that flows like the Seine and floods the senses."
Stott (Ghostwalk, 2007, etc.) once again juxtaposes science with a tale of love, mystery and intrigue, setting this volatile mix against a backdrop of critical events in post-Revolutionary France. Read full book review >

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IN THE DAYS OF RAIN by Rebecca Stott
Released: July 4, 2017

"A troubling yet compelling story of childhood deprivation, liberation, and, ultimately, hope."
A writer rehearses her girlhood in a strict religious cult, the Exclusive Brethren, and how that group affected her family life. Read full book review >

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GHOSTWALK by Rebecca Stott
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 8, 2007

"Stott skillfully binds fact with fiction in an insightful story that surprises and intrigues."
In Stott's fiction debut (Darwin and the Barnacle, 2003, etc.), writer Lydia Brooke agrees to complete the unfinished manuscript left behind by her former lover's dead mother, and she enters a world where the dead do not go gently into the night. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2003

"Well written and richly detailed."
A key period in Charles Darwin's career: the years 1846-54, when he became the world's expert on barnacles. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 12, 2012

"Stott masterfully shows how Darwin, by discovering the mechanism of natural selection, made a unique contribution, but he did not stand alone—nor did he claim to."
Stott (English Literature and Creative Writing/Univ. of East Anglia; The Coral Thief, 2009, etc.) conjures up the spirits of Darwin's scientific predecessors in this excellent follow-up to Darwin and the Barnacle (2003). 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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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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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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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 >