Search Results: "Shirley Hazzard"


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THE GREAT FIRE by Shirley Hazzard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"One of the finest novels ever written about war and its aftermath, and well worth the 23-year wait."
Hazzard painstakingly constructs a compact panorama of a world ravaged by war, in her expert fourth novel—and first since the NBCC Award winner, The Transit of Venus (1980). Read full book review >

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THE TRANSIT OF VENUS by Shirley Hazzard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 29, 1980

"A novel of empathy and depth, to be read with slow savor."
Hazzard's most spacious fiction yet, spread over large expanses of time and situation that somehow remain intimate—a comic, social book that turns into a wise, sad one. Read full book review >

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WE NEED SILENCE TO FIND OUT WHAT WE THINK by Shirley Hazzard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A rich, urbane, insightful collection."
Masterful essays from an award-winning fiction writer. Read full book review >

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ELLA’S BIG CHANCE by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Hughes has added shimmer to her familiar pen-and-gouache style and elegantly fashioned a delightful, revisionist fairy tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Few illustrators could so stylishly dress up the tale of Cinderella with the dash and glitter of the roaring '20s as Hughes has done here with aplomb. Read full book review >

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THE BIG ALFIE OUT OF DOORS STORYBOOK by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Mom'' and other needless Americanizations, undermining the splendidly evoked British setting. (Young reader/Picture book. 3-8)"
Four longish stories and as many pleasant poems about happy, wholesome experiences for Alfie and his little sister: setting up shop on a cardboard box; camping out with Dad in a real tent near Grandma's (a huge pig provides an amusing midnight disturbance, just scary enough); adopting a rock (``Bonting'') that Alfie invests with so much personality that losing ``him'' at the beach is truly sad (he's found, in the end). Read full book review >

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A THOUSAND NAKED STRANGERS by Kevin Hazzard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A vivid, pummeling ride-along with an emergency paramedic."
A former EMT details his action-packed tenure in the field. Read full book review >

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ENCHANTMENT IN THE GARDEN by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

A storybook with echoes of Frances Hodgson Burnett—absentee parents, a lonely girl, an orphan who blossoms while working in a garden, children who meet clandestinely, away from the governess's eyes—from Hughes, who illustrated an edition of The Secret Garden: all the elements of an old-fashioned read, but precious and out-of-date. Read full book review >

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THE BIG ALFIE AND ANNIE ROSE STORYBOOK by Shirley Hughes
Released: March 22, 1989

For everyone who'd like to return to the comfortable family and neighborhood made so entirely real in the four previous books about Alfie and his little sister, a generous collection of incidents and vignettes. Read full book review >

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GIVING by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"Endpaper vignettes introduce additional verbs; a companion title, Bouncing (ISBN 1-56402-128-9) follows the same tots through a merrily rambunctious day. (Picture book. 2-6)"
If childhood has an illustrator laureate, it must be Hughes: no one else captures emotions, concerns, and body language with such sensibility and affection. Read full book review >

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DOLLS OF HOPE by Shirley Parenteau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Regardless, Chiyo's affection for Emily Grace fascinates, and the message of friendship and peace between nations endures, while a small-town girl's honor is redefined. (author's note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A companion piece to Parenteau's Ship of Dolls (2014), this historical novel explores the 1926 Dolls of Friendship international project, a gesture for peace between the U.S. and Japan, from the point of view of a girl growing up in Japan.Read full book review >