Search Results: "Sylvia Cranston"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 6, 1993

"Well detailed—but the astonishing adventure of HPB's life too often gets lost beneath Cranston's piousness. (Photographs—not seen.)"
One of the towering—and most controversial—figures in occult history, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-91) cofounded the Theosophical Society and profoundly influenced the spread of Eastern and (many would say) pseudo-Eastern spiritual doctrines in the West. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1991

In this second of his projected three-volume biography of Rousseau (Jean-Jacques, 1983), Cranston (Political Science/London School of Economic) continues his dry and detailed reconstruction of Rousseau's life from primary sources. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"A sober, concise chaser to the intoxicating Confessions (though more a starting point than the last word on that work) and a muted, though moving, conclusion to a remarkable work of scholarship and sympathy. (16 illustrations, not seen)"
Cranston concludes his three-volume biography of Rousseau (Jean Jacques: The Early Life and Work, 1983; The Noble Savage, 1991) with a dispassionate chronicle of the philosopher's bitter last years—a period of exile, persecution, and paranoia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A LIFE IN PARTS by Bryan Cranston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"The highs here—and there are many—are meth-less but addictive."
The star of Breaking Bad debuts with a collection of memories and ruminations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REVENGE ON THE FLY by Sylvia McNicoll
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"An entertaining visit to the past with a likable guide on a spirited—if icky—quest. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
A fly-catching contest comes to dominate the life of new Irish immigrant Will in 1912 Hamilton, Ontario. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 1999

"Even those who have never ventured under the sea will appreciate this enthusiastic guide. (Picture book. 7-12)"
Earle (Dive!, p. 64) again transports readers to the ocean's depths, this time to introduce the weird and beautiful inhabitants of the coral reef. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPACE RACE by Sylvia Waugh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Aimless, patchy, uninspired work from an author who has done much better. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Though anchored by heartfelt feelings of love and loss, this diaphanous tale is unlikely to engage readers the way Waugh's more arrestingly premised "Mennyms" series has. Read full book review >

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THE ARTSY MISTAKE MYSTERY by Sylvia McNicoll
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"An uphill trek. (Mystery. 10-12)"
How do you solve a mystery involving stolen artwork? Sometimes you need to make all the right mistakes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2007

"Smoller's detailed, engaging portrait of both the period and Rachel's emotional maturation aptly demonstrates how extreme forces can mold-even fortify-a life."
Amid one of the 20th century's most turbulent periods, a Polish Jew finds herself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PAGES FOR HER by Sylvia Brownrigg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2017

"Brownrigg considers motherhood, romance, identity, and the changes brought by time in this tender, insightful novel."
Two women, former lovers, reconnect with each other and themselves in Brownrigg's sequel (which can be read independently) to her 2001 novel, Pages for You. Read full book review >

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THE DELIVERY ROOM by Sylvia Brownrigg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A gifted writer delivers a classic North London novel (sober; domestic; emotionally intelligent; middle-class) enhanced by insight and tenderness."
A period of growth, change and tragedy in the life of a London psychotherapist, her family and clients is ably tracked and empathetically dissected. Read full book review >