Search Results: "Simone St. James"


BOOK REVIEW

SIMONE by Eduardo Lalo
by Eduardo Lalo, translated by David Frye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Like the song says, you can't always get what you want."
Ah, love: if it didn't end badly, it wouldn't end at all, especially for two star-crossed lovers in modern-day Puerto Rico. Read full book review >

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Released: March 6, 2012

"A chilling start gives way to a more predictable ending, but fans of the modern Gothic novel will enjoy filling up a few creepy hours."
Sarah Piper, a self-proclaimed modern woman living in London, finds herself living a ghost story in this post-World War I tale. Read full book review >

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THE FOUNTAIN OF ST. JAMES COURT by Sena Jeter Naslund
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Leslie's compliment that Kathryn's work is 'lined with silken sentences' holds true for Naslund (Adam and Eve, 2010). Nevertheless, the tone of literary high-mindedness and self-importance grows wearing after a while."
Despite a subtitle that clearly refers to James Joyce, Virginia Woolf echoes far louder in this novel within a novel following one day in the life of a 60-ish author of a fictional biography about the 18th-century portraitist of Marie Antoinette. Read full book review >

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SIMONE WEIL by Francine du Plessix Gray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 25, 2001

"A superbly nuanced portrait of a tortured character."
A lucid portrait of the enigmatic French writer and mystic. Read full book review >

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SIMONE SIGNORET by Catherine David
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 25, 1993

"Far, far less fulfilling than Signoret's own Nostalgia Isn't What It Used To Be (1972) or Montand's You See, I Haven't Forgotten (1992). (Twenty-two b&w photos—not seen)"
Bittersweet rise and decline of the great French movie star Simone Signoret (1921-85), by a writer for Paris's Nouvel Observateur. Read full book review >

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SIMONE AND THE NIGHT'S MONSTERS by Graziano Vitale
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2011

"Well-worn premise, appealingly illustrated—but a nonstarter as an app. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
A miserly set of badly designed interactive effects sinks this tale of an intrepid lad doing nightly battle with a green monster, a giant spider and other bedtime foes. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Still, Waldron's painful honesty and absorbing insights make this book valuable reading."
A penetrating first-person account of a mother-daughter reunion, by freelance writer and editor Waldron. Read full book review >

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SIMONE: THE BEST MONSTER EVER! by Rémy Simard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2017

"Knee-slappers galore for fans of alimentary and other mildly transgressive gags. (Graphic fantasy. 6-8)"
She's blonde, she's pink, she's human—and so, as the "monster" living in sluglike Morris' closet, she's terrifying. Read full book review >

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ST. FAMOUS by Jonathan Dee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Still, the author has much to say about life and art. (Author tour)"
A well-timed and masterful sendup of celebrity, racism, and the justice system in America, by the esteemed author of The Liberty Campaign (1993), etc. Paul Soloway is a man behind his time: Passionate about literature, unfamiliar with the modern art of compromise, the Columbia graduate settles down on Manhattan's Upper West Side to commit his life to great books. Read full book review >

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JAMES GANDOLFINI by Dan Bischoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Not the last word but an earnest, endearing homage to an outstanding actor."
A bittersweet biography of an intensely private artist. Read full book review >

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JENNIEMAE & JAMES by Brooke Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 2010

"A low-key, sweet portrait of an unusual friendship. Jenniemae is a scene-stealer, though, and the strongest parts of the memoir focus on her and her community."
A grown daughter remembers her troubled, genius father's endearing friendship with their charismatic maid. Read full book review >

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JAMES MONROE by Gary Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2005

"A well-written, useful précis of Monroe's life and career."
A nearly forgotten president comes in for soft-spoken tribute, courtesy of one-time U.S. Senator Hart (The Fourth Power, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >