Search Results: "Vanessa Gebbie"


BOOK REVIEW

VANESSA by Dan Callahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2014

"Richly detailed account of Redgrave's career, though it's missing the fireworks that some encounters with the author might have ignited."
A freelance critic and author returns with a blend of biography and criticism in his reconstruction of the life of the woman many consider the greatest actress of her time. Read full book review >

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THE COWARD'S TALE by Vanessa Gebbie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2012

"With the hypnotic charm of her Welsh lilt, natural storyteller Gebbie whittles tales from a hard bone of loss to create a profoundly moving world."
After two collections of stories published in England, Wales native Gebbie sets her first, deceptively loose-limbed novel in a Welsh mining town whose present-day residents remain imprinted by a long-ago mining disaster. Read full book review >

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VANESSA & VIRGINIA by Susan Sellers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2009

"A self-consciously precious sort-of-fiction that follows the facts and offers nothing new for Bloomsbury cultists while flattening much of the drama into navel-gazing."
Despite the title, this first novel by Virginia Woolf scholar Sellers is much more focused on Virginia's sister Vanessa. Read full book review >

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KISSING VANESSA by Simon Cheshire
FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 2004

"It's flat-out uproarious. (Fiction. YA)"
Fifteen-year-old Kevin falls in love at first sight and does everything wrong in this sidesplitting romp through adolescent love. Read full book review >

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VANESSA REDGRAVE by Vanessa Redgrave
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"She makes this case so convincingly that the reader is left wanting to go back and see every part she has played—more often than not brilliantly—with the new eye this book provides."
In keeping with celebrity autobiographies, Redgrave offers a tell-all memoir—except that the passions she reveals are for politics, not sex. Read full book review >

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VANESSA AND HER SISTER by Priya Parmar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Not exactly uncharted territory, but Parmar enters it with passion and precision, delivering a sensitive, superior soap opera of celebrated lives."
A devoted, emotionally intense portrait of the Bloomsbury group focuses in particular on sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, whose complicated relationship is tested to the breaking point by their competing affections for two men. Read full book review >

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SELECTED LETTERS OF VANESSA BELL by Regina Marler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"The real pleasure here is in seeing Bell mature with the century, her fashionable attitudes replaced by authentic experience."
In this selection of 300-plus (from over 2500) surviving letters of Vanessa Bell (1879-1978), Marler adds a warm, modest, humane, and maternal tone to the raucous Bloomsbury chorus—to the ironies, cruelties, and wit of Virginia (Bell's sister) and Leonard Woolf, Lytton Strachey, John Maynard Keynes, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, and Ottoline Morrell, all of whom appear in these casual letters. Read full book review >

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LET FREEDOM SING by Vanessa Newton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A too-intentionally inspirational muddle. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This volume takes the song "This Little Light of Mine" and makes it an extended celebration of the heroes of the Civil Right Movement, from Rosa Parks to Barack Obama, who "let their lights shine." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PATIENT H69 by Vanessa  Potter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"Patient narratives are a growing genre, and not all end happily. Potter's has that positive aspect as well as illustrating one woman's way of coping with a disease that touches on universal fears: blindness and paralysis."
A stunning account of the onset of a form of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder, a rare autoimmune disorder that can cause sudden blindness and paralysis. Read full book review >

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HUNDREDS OF INTERLACED FINGERS by Vanessa Grubbs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"The book will appeal specifically to those personally affected by kidney disease but should also fascinate anyone interested in the state of health care in the United States."
A nephrologist's memoir of navigating the kidney disease of a loved one. Read full book review >

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JUVENTUD by Vanessa Blakeslee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Ambitious in the ground it covers and moving at times, but it falls short at the many hairpin plot turns."
A young girl discovers her father's shocking secret, and the course of her life changes drastically as a result. Read full book review >

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WE NEVER ASKED FOR WINGS by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Less schematic and more down to earth than her first novel, Diffenbaugh's latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers."
Question: What kind of parent leaves her two children home alone while she takes off in pursuit of her own mother, who's heading back to Mexico? Read full book review >