Search Results: "Roberta Bayley"


BOOK REVIEW

PATTI SMITH by Victor Bockris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"But she and her many fans deserve better than this sometimes sensationalistic, second-hand account of her life."
Lou Reed and Keith Richards biographer Bockris offers the first full-length portrait of —70s rock icon Patti Smith, a woman whose charismatic live shows and uncompromising music earned her the moniker "The High Priestess of Punk." Read full book review >

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THE NECESSARY CAT by Nicola Bayley
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Every page of this lovely catalogue is ideal for children to pore over, but also a tribute for cat-lovers of all ages. (Picture book. 7+)"
In a cat fanatic's dream, Bayley exalts felines in the definitive collection of cat bric-a-brac while presenting many nibbles of feline fancy for all ages. Read full book review >

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THE RED HAT by John Bayley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 18, 1998

"For readers in the right mood, a giddy dose of helium; for others, a farrago of tediously precious folderol."
Postmodern mysteries from Paul Auster to Martin Amis have generally been dark and despairing. Read full book review >

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IRIS AND HER FRIENDS by John Bayley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A moving final tribute to the healing force of memory and the sustaining power of love."
Sweet memories of the distant past are juxtaposed with present agonies as Bayley, a retired Oxford don, novelist, and critic, concludes the story of wife, Iris Murdoch's struggle with Alzheimer's disease in this piercing follow-up to Elegy for Iris (1998). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Could have been funnier, should have been kinder."
The memoirs of an acidic curmudgeon and widower. Read full book review >

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ELEGY FOR IRIS by John Bayley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 25, 1999

"Nonetheless, this seems an appropriate error for a loving husband to make, and the book's intimate tone will surely please both his fans and hers. (6 b&w photos, not seen) (First serial to the New Yorker)"
A sweet if somewhat old-fashioned memoir about a literary marriage. Read full book review >

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TASTE by Stephen Bayley
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

"Much of the impact of this smart, sweeping, intermittently clarifying commentary comes from well-captioned b&w photographs of influential landmarks of taste—from a Paris restaurant of 1900 to Converse sneakers, Coco Chanel, a William Morris print, and the Rothschilds' chateau."
A British design critic (Harley Earl and the Dream Machine, 1983) offers an opinionated tour of the modern and mercurial concept of taste, that ``merciless betrayer of social and cultural attitudes.'' ``Good'' and ``bad'' taste, Bayley argues, are not absolutes, and no longer the simple matter of rules they were in Joshua Reynolds's England. Read full book review >

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ONE, TWO, SKIP A FEW! by Roberta Arenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 20, 1998

"A joyful book. (Picture book. 4-7)"
With exuberant paper and paint collages, Arenson (A Caribbean Counting Book, 1996) illustrates 20 counting rhymes, many of which dance across the double-page spreads and all of which must be read aloud. Read full book review >

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THE LOST by Roberta Kray
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2008

"Another multilayered crime saga from Kray (The Pact, 2007, etc.), long on plot but short on style. A panorama of supporting characters adds both interest and potential confusion."
Ghosts of long-dead crimes are best left undisturbed. Read full book review >

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THE PROBLEM OF THE SPITEFUL SPIRITUALIST by Roberta Rogow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1999

"Sporadically entertaining."
A second outing for Dodgson and Doyle (The Problem of the Missing Miss, 1998). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 1996

"It's not for those seeking hope and solace."
Controlled anger suffuses this thorough scrutiny of the state of breast cancer research, prevention, treatment, and attitudes by an activist and survivor. Read full book review >

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KATJE, THE WINDMILL CAT by Gretchen Woelfle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An author's note follows the story, detailing the historical events that inspired the story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tale of feline heroism from 15th-century Holland. Read full book review >