Search Results: "Richard Somerset-Ward"


BOOK REVIEW

THE STORY OF OPERA by Richard Somerset-Ward
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"In a book that will appeal to all opera fans, Somerset- Ward's history will manage to attract the serious musicologist and historian. (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
Opera seems to generate more coffee-table tomes than any other subject—always beautiful, usually interesting, and occasionally informative. Read full book review >

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SOMERSET by Leila Meacham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Meacham's fans—and she has many—will be glad for this prequel."
Of teary eyes and torn crinoline: an appropriately big Texas saga by homegrown romance maven Meacham (Tumbleweeds, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMERSET MAUGHAM by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2004

"A major biography, then, of a minor figure."
A well-considered life of the phenomenally successful but little esteemed English writer. Read full book review >

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NINTH WARD by Jewell Parker Rhodes
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2010

"A good title for discussion when balanced with historical accounts of Katrina and her aftermath. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Born with a caul, 12-year-old Lanesha can see and sometimes communicate with spirits, and her guardian, former midwife Mama Ya-Ya, has dreams and visions that foretell the future. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 22, 1992

"Superficial, then, but, for fans of medical drama, still a roller-coaster ride with plenty of peaks and plunges."
Stanley, a free-lance journalist from Portland, Oregon, chronicles her three-week sojourn as a fly on the wall in the labor-and-delivery unit of Oregon Health Services Univ. Read full book review >

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THE WARD by Jordana Frankel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 30, 2013

"The checklist of what makes commercial teen dystopias may be complete here, but the clumsy writing and nonexistent worldbuilding prevent this subpar clone from making a splash. (Dystopian romance. 12-16)"
A society built atop a catastrophe-stricken United States of America, a feisty heroine torn between guys, an evil government—stop us if you've read this already. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ISOLATION WARD by Joshua Spanogle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 28, 2006

"Readers of this engrossing and intellectually wrought first novel will happily await Spanogle's next."
A renegade virus strikes Baltimore and challenges the ethics of the medical community in med-student Spanogle's tightly woven debut thriller. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VIOLENT WARD by Len Deighton
Released: July 28, 1993

"Like sugarcoating on a pill, Mickey's lively patter makes the contorted, lumpy storyline easier to swallow—but this kind of bumptious California thriller really isn't Deighton's bag. (First printing of 125,000)"
What's a veteran cold war novelist to do when there's no more cold war? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RICHARD NIXON by John A. Farrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"Full of fresh, endlessly revealing insights into Nixon's political career, less on the matter of his character, refreshingly, than on the events that accompanied and resulted from it."
A sturdy study of the man ranked at the bottom of many historians' lists of presidents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RICHARD NIXON by Conrad Black
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A massively detailed and generous assessment of a seemingly imperishable politician whose controversial career insures that this won't be the last word."
A lively, hugely sympathetic biography of possibly the most intriguing man to occupy the Oval Office. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAD RICHARD by Lesley Krueger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"An entrancing portrait of artistic minds confounded by the Victorian Age."
On a cold January day in 1853, diminutive and curious Charlotte Brontë traveled to Bedlam to interview a broken Richard Dadd, one of the most celebrated artists of her day. A correspondence between their minds haunted her and perhaps altered her life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1994

"David's Day."
One of the many biographies of the actor, who died in 1984, including the surpassing Richard Burton: A Life (1988) by Melvyn Bragg and Richard Burton, My Brother (1988) by Graham Jenkins. Read full book review >