Search Results: "Selina Hastings"


BOOK REVIEW

ROSAMOND LEHMANN by Selina Hastings
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2003

"Sympathetic but true to a life lived for love."
Literary biographer Hastings (Evelyn Waugh, 1995, etc.) turns to a novelist whose life paralleled the cycles of romantic passion and despair she portrayed in her own books. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2010

"A powerful, revealing and authoritative depiction of one the 20th century's most notorious literary figures."
Monumentally engaging account of W. Somerset Maugham's fiercely protected personal life (1874-1965). Read full book review >

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EVELYN WAUGH by Selina Hastings
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 1995

"In the end, however, perhaps the strongest impression left by this biography is of a writer who like no other great (or nearly great) artist was possessed of so little basic human sympathy. (63 b&w photos, not seen)"
An elegant, well-wrought, and objective biography of a complex but relentlessly unlikable figure. Read full book review >

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THE FIREBIRD by Selina Hastings
adapted by Selina Hastings, illustrated by Reg Cartwright
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"A lively addition to folklore collections. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
This is not the story made familiar by the ballet, but a related tale in which the firebird figures mostly at the outset, when one of its feathers is found by a huntsman who presents it to his king—a tyrant whose response is to send the poor fellow off to fetch the bird, which he is able to do with the advice of his admirable talking horse. Read full book review >

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REYNARD THE FOX by Selina Hastings
adapted by Selina Hastings, illustrated by Graham Percy
ANIMALS
Released: May 22, 1991

"A fine, accessible edition in lengthy picture- book format, to share aloud or use as a young reader. (Folklore. 5-10)"
Basing her retelling of this traditional European story about an impenitent trickster on Caxton's 1481 translation, Hastings retains its medieval flavor in her details (Reynard, claiming to have reformed, ``has given away all his wealth, and spends hours a day on his knees in penance for his sins''). Read full book review >

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SELINA AND THE BEAR PAW QUILT by Barbara Smucker
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"Still, Selena's sorrow over leaving her home and grandmother will be plain to all. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The dilemma of a Mennonite family during America's Civil War is the subject of this charmingly designed book, which features quilted borders and intricate cloth patterns in the illustrations. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Specific enough to hold interest, yet universal enough to appeal to those from almost all walks of life, this is the perfect springboard for family reminiscences. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Told in an irrepressible toddler's voice, this is stream of consciousness at its best. Read full book review >

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EVERY-DAY DRESS-UP by Selina Alko
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"In all, another happy antidote to the princess plague. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little girl's mom leads her from princess dress-up to real women in a brief tale that does not let its earnestness get in the way of the fun. Read full book review >

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I’M YOUR PEANUT BUTTER BIG BROTHER by Selina Alko
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2009

"An unfortunate mismatch. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A biracial child wonders what his soon-to-be-born sibling will look like. Read full book review >

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ADAM PIG'S EVERYTHING FUN BOOK by Selina Young
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Young is right on target with her choice of topics for this audience; the book lives up to its title by providing fun for every child's every mood. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Winsome illustrations of Adam Pig and his extended family will make devoted fans of this amusing work. Read full book review >

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B IS FOR BROOKLYN by Selina Alko
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"It is said that one in every seven Americans has Brooklyn roots; this lively love song to Brooklyn's 2.5 million people and nearly 82 square miles is a welcome celebration of its rich ethnic, culinary, racial and religious diversity. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An engaging and hip alphabetical trip through the largest and most populous of New York City's five boroughs—Kings County—better known as Brooklyn. Read full book review >