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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ELIZABETH I by Anne Somerset
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 1991

"Elizabeth's virginity: a clear, moving, informed narrative. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Flattered, feared, idealized during her lifetime, romanticized ever since, the intensely private Elizabeth I left few accurate portraits for future painters or biographers. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Superior history, wonderfully complex and colorful, about the dark side of the Sun King's court. (8-page color insert, not seen)"
Recounting truly baroque French doings in the last quarter of the 17th century, as well as the story of the special royal commission appointed to investigate the wickedness, Somerset (Elizabeth I, 1991) offers some dish about liaisons that were truly dangerous. Read full book review >

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QUEEN ANNE by Anne Somerset
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2103

"Anne's natural reserve and her instinct for discretion has led historians to believe that she was weak and dominated by women of stronger character. Somerset's impressive scholarship debunks that belief and shows Anne as a masterful, even authoritative, queen who survived the influence of her 'friends.'"
Somerset (The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV, 2004) delivers an exhaustive and easily readable history of a queen trying to emulate Elizabeth I with none of the Tudor forcefulness and too much of the Stuart feebleness. Read full book review >

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HENRY FINDS HIS WORD by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Let this be the first first-word book to pull from the shelf. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Seeing that baby talk isn't working as well as he'd like, Henry decides to find his first word. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DON’T EAT THE BABYSITTER! by Nick Ward
ANIMALS
Released: April 11, 2006

"Will appeal to the shark lovers more than to the parents of their own wild child. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Sammy is a rather excitable shark, who tends to bite things when emotions run high; in his last outing, Don't Eat the Teacher (2004), it was his schoolmates and supplies. Read full book review >

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COLORS by Sarah Ward
by Sarah Ward, illustrated by Sarah Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2015

"A nifty, hardworking introduction to the world of color. (Board book. 6-18 mos.)"
The colors of the rainbow are explored in this multisensory book. Read full book review >

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PELLY AND MR. HARRISON VISIT THE  MOON by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"All in all, a light, imaginative romp. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The going-to-bed routine morphs into a fantastic adventure when Pelly notices an unusual fixture attached to her family's bathtub. Read full book review >

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FARMER GEORGE AND THE NEW PIGLET by Nick Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"Pure homespun fun. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Ward's bucolic Galahad, Farmer George, makes a triumphant return, this time rescuing a swine in distress. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARCHIPELAGO by David Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2009

"Leaving much unresolved, however, with an ending that is too pat, this is more of an appetizer than a satisfying read. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Shortly after his father's death, 12-year-old Jonah and his photographer mother go on a trip to the Queen Charlotte Islands. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TRANSLATOR by Ward Just
Released: Sept. 9, 1991

"Fortunately, his spacious work charms and enriches more than it puzzles and confounds."
Two expatriates (he's German, she's American) make a life together in contemporary Paris; characteristically, Just makes us pay attention to the political/cultural context of his domestic story and then, almost as an afterthought, spices it with East/West melodrama. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EXILES IN THE GARDEN by Ward Just
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2009

"The least substantive of Just's recent novels."
Old men's memories of making history overshadow their children's less dramatic lives. Read full book review >