Search Results: "Victoria Strauss"


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COLOR SONG by Victoria Strauss
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"This combination of page-ripping plot and insight into the creative process is as rare and luminous as the color Strauss imagines. (Historical fantasy. 11 & up)"
A young novice escapes the confines of the convent to risk it all for her art. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A rare, rewarding, sumptuous exploration of artistic passion. (author's note) (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
Giulia is bright, curious and a gifted artist, born to a noble father and his humble mistress in 15th-century Renaissance Italy. Now her fate rests with her father's widow, who's sending Giulia to a Padua convent. Read full book review >

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GUARDIAN OF THE HILLS by Victoria Strauss
Released: Oct. 18, 1995

"A swiftly paced drama about the clash between science and myth, and the mixture of burden and fulfillment that accompanies accepting one's past. (Fiction. 12+)"
After the death of her father, Pamela, 16, and her half-Indian mother, Elizabeth, leave their Connecticut home during the Depression to live in her mother's place of birth, Flat Hills, Arkansas. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT SHIMMY by Gwen Strauss
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"A subtle and perceptive treatment of a familiar theme, with an unusually harmonious melding of text and art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The gifted author of Trail of Stones (1990), a series of searching psychological portraits in verse of familiar folkloric characters, portrays a painfully shy boy. Read full book review >

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COUPLES, PASSERSBY by Botho Strauss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"To paraphrase Dorothy Parker: I'd sooner clean and paint the house Than read a book by Botho Strauss."
Another gathering of elliptical vignettes and ponderous philosophizing from the ostensibly controversial German author (Devotion, 1979; The Young Man, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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THE REAL MCCOY by Darin Strauss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2002

"Not as good as Chang and Eng, then, but not bad at all. Strauss remains one of the most interesting and promising of younger American novelists."
There's ample entertainment value in this rather desperately inventive second historical novel by the author of the highly praised debut tale Chang and Eng (2000). Read full book review >

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THE JOY OF FUNERALS by Alix Strauss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"A snappy idea buried by verveless writing."
Novel-in-stories about morbidly lonely thirtysomething women who find comfort in mortuaries. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"Strauss sharpens our image of three brilliant commanders and makes military history great fun."
Military historian Strauss (The Spartacus War, 2009, etc.) cleverly exposes the characters of three legendary leaders through the five stages of war: attack, resistance, clash, closing the net and knowing when to stop. Read full book review >

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HALF A LIFE by Darin Strauss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2010

"Genuinely remorseful and heartfelt, yet strangely unremarkable."
Redress and atonement mar a boy's adolescence after the accidental death of a classmate. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF CAESAR by Barry Strauss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Once again, Strauss takes us deep into the psyche of ancient history in an exciting, twisted tale that is sure to please."
Master historian Strauss (History and Classics/Cornell Univ.; Masters of Command: Hannibal, Alexander, Caesar and the Genius of Leadership, 2012, etc.) zeroes in on the few years surrounding Julius Caesar's assassination and delves into the strengths of the characters involved.Read full book review >