Search Results: "Shirley Isherwood"


BOOK REVIEW

ISHERWOOD by Peter Parker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 14, 2004

"Way too much information on the love life, but an essential resource for coming to terms with a key figure in the Auden circle. (16-page photo insert, not seen)"
A life of writer/memoirist Isherwood that emulates its subject's detachment but hardly his conciseness. Read full book review >

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SHIRLEY by Susan Scarf Merrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2014

"A sidelong portrait of a category-defying writer dovetails surprisingly snugly with the drama of one young woman's coming-of-age."
Fictional newlyweds spend a year living with the author Shirley Jackson in this brooding novel. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING FOR JAMES by Shirley Isherwood
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1996

"Sweet suspense—even sweeter reassurance. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A mysterious, shy creature arrives in a brown paper bag on toddler James's doorstep. Read full book review >

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THE BAND OVER THE HILL by Shirley Isherwood
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Isherwood's very forced, prolonged plot has an arbitrary feel, and while the child's preoccupation with his buttons is realistic, the father's single-minded pursuit, at his son's expense, appears unreasonable, and very nearly mean. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mr. Manders and Edward James, a pair of bears who are father and son, have always wanted to be in a marching band. Read full book review >

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SHIRLEY JACKSON by Ruth Franklin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A consistently interesting biography that deftly captures the many selves and multiple struggles of a true American original."
An engaging, sympathetic portrait of the writer who found the witchery in huswifery. Read full book review >

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A LION NAMED SHIRLEY WILLIAMSON by Bernard Waber
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Humor with bite, as it were, given substance by the playful artwork. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lionness bound for a zoo is dubbed Shirley Williamson due to a bad phone connection. Read full book review >

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SHIRLEY JACKSON'S "THE LOTTERY" by Shirley Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A haunting story of humanity's herd mentality, brilliantly rendered."
A stunning graphic adaptation of a chilling classic. Read full book review >

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WELCOME TO SHIRLEY by Kelly McMasters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 21, 2008

"Sincere and expertly researched, but as the story moves away from personal narrative into statistics, history and science lessons, it becomes less compelling."
Powerful though flawed debut explores the author's happy childhood next to a controversial nuclear laboratory that leaked toxic waste into a Long Island aquifer. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 16, 1978

"Sparkling."
Through a bathtub drain astride a rubber duck is an unlikely route to a medieval fantasy—for one thing most children's fantasies about drains are nightmares and for another bathrooms and jousting fields haven't the natural association of the pirate ship and beach in Come Away From the Water, Shirley (1977). Read full book review >

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A SINGLE MAN by Christopher Isherwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 1964

"Some will read about it with discomfiture."
A Single Man, like its forerunner Down There on a Visit, is perhaps not best read as a novel and is just hazily fictional. Read full book review >

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DIARIES by Christopher Isherwood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 1997

"Maundering, prolix, altogether daunting."
Mixing mournful self-interrogation about sex, art, and politics; less than lucid delvings into spiritual matters; and wry chatter about acquaintances both obscure and celebrated, Isherwood's voluminous diaries provide rather too wide a window onto the eminent novelist and memoirist's foibles. Read full book review >

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LIBERATION by Christopher Isherwood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Isherwood was unquestionably a fascinating man. True fans of his work as well as gossip lovers will no doubt read all three volumes of his diaries. For the rest of us, a simple biography should be sufficient."
Final volume of the meticulously detailed diaries of the acclaimed author of Goodbye to Berlin (1939) and other celebrated works. Read full book review >