Search Results: "Thomas Penn"


BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"The end result ought to be risible, but Jarvis pulls it off, to stunning effect. (Horror. 10-14)"
A rousing tale of horror and heroism, this last prequel to the Deptford Mice trilogy stands well alone, as the doughty shipmouse Thomas Triton at last reveals his tragic past. Read full book review >

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SEAN PENN by Richard T. Kelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2005

"One of those rare oral biographies that's admiring yet still honest."
A star-studded cast comes together with relative unknowns to chat about their buddy Sean. Read full book review >

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Released: March 15, 2000

"Himler's watercolors accurately conjure time and place, and underscore more somber elements of the story. (chronology) (Picture book/biography. 9-12)"
In his absorbing picture-book biography aimed at a slightly older audience, Kroll (Robert Fulton, 1999, etc.) immediately informs readers that Penn was a rebel. Read full book review >

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OLD PENN STATION by William Low
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Young readers, New York residents or not, will be more likely to look up the next time they're downtown, and to understand that every structure has a unique story. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
In celebration of one of New York City's vanished glories, Low recreates in words and pictures the ornately decorated, girders-and-glass-ceiling wonder that was old Penn Station. Read full book review >

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WINTER KING by Thomas Penn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2012

"An entertaining, insightful biography featuring a colorful cast of characters, led by the formidable Henry VII, who passed on the first untroubled succession in 80 years, launching the equally turbulent but more familiar Tudor renaissance."
Henry VII, who reigned from 1485 to 1509, is little known compared to his son, Henry VIII, and granddaughter, Elizabeth I, but Verso Books editorial director Penn does an eminently satisfying job of remedying this. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Still, Blotner has done a great deal of research and deployed it subtly, and we should welcome any biography that looks beyond the colossus of Faulkner to remind us of the South's enormous modern literary vitality. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A competent but occasionally opaque biography of the Pulitzer Prizewinning poet and novelist. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Some mild friction between two bright men sparks striking observations about music."
Edited transcripts of nine intense interviews with the celebrated British composer. Read full book review >

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DYLAN THOMAS by Andrew Lycett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 4, 2004

"Scrupulously researched but overly detailed."
The British biographer of Ian Fleming and Rudyard Kipling memorializes the chaotic and abbreviated existence of the 20th century's most Romantic poet. Read full book review >

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DOUBTING THOMAS by Atle Naess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2000

This 1997 novel by a prominent Norwegian author assembles the testimony of nine "witnesses" to explain a scandalous incident in the year 1606: it seems the celebrated (and impulsive) painter killed a man in a duel, then fled from Rome into a prolonged exile. Read full book review >

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THOMAS MANN by Ronald Hayman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1995

"An important, accomplished work, containing the outlines of a less professional, more passionate look at Mann and his family that, while yet unwritten, might someday provide drama to match the master's. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Veteran biographer Hayman (Tennessee Williams, 1994, etc.) painstakingly traces the great German novelist's progress from anatomist of fin-de-siäcle decadence to august personification of his nation's conscience. Read full book review >

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MY THOMAS by Roberta Grimes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 1993

"Historically accurate and sincere—but also a redundant, overly precious patchwork of a courageous woman's private thoughts and the colorful American life swirling around her."
A pedantic, tedious hardcover debut in which Grimes (the paperback Almost Perfect) presents an imaginary journal kept by Martha Jefferson, beloved wife of Thomas, during the passionate but tragically few years of their marriage. Read full book review >

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LEAD US NOT INTO PENN STATION by Bruce Ducker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1994

"It's not giving anything away to say that everything turns out all right, except for Dodgers fans."
Brooklyn, summer 1955. Read full book review >