Search Results: "Virginia Holman"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 24, 2003

"Holman takes you into life with madness, and the extrication feels only partial. In a word, intense."
Debut memoir incisively etches the daily dread of living with a schizophrenic parent. Read full book review >

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VIRGINIA HAMILTON by Julie K. Rubini
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"A biography worthy of the larger-than-life Virginia Hamilton. (Biography. 10-16)"
If the children you know think biographies are boring, this one will make them reconsider. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CONCORD, VIRGINIA by Peter Neofotis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2009

"A patchy collection—sparse in places, repetitive in others."
Uneven debut offers a nod to the Southern tradition of oral storytelling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VIRGINIA WOOLF by Viviane Forrester
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"An engrossing, intimate, and deeply empathetic portrayal of a brilliant and enigmatic woman. The book won the 2009 Prix Goncourt in France."
Exploring the palimpsest of a literary life. Read full book review >

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VIRGINIA WOLF by Kyo Maclear
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Knowledge of Virginia Woolf and her painter-sister Vanessa Bell is unnecessary; this works beautifully as a bad-day/bad-mood or animal-transformation tale, while readers who know actual depression will find it handled with tenderly forceful aplomb. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In the literary bounty of books about bad moods and bad days, this one goes deeper than most, poignantly showing literal and metaphorical glimpses of real depression. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VIRGINIA HAMILTON by Arnold Adoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"By any standards Hamilton was an unusually clear thinker and brilliant wordsmith. Here a lesser-known facet of her glittering reputation gets a fresh shine."
Before she died, Hamilton (1934-2002), likely the most honored writer for young people ever, also had a thing or two to tell adult audiences about her art, craft, milieu and African-American identity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VIRGINIA BOUND by Amy Butler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2003

"Butler's lively prose and brisk pace make for an excellent first effort sure to appeal to fans of historical fiction and to anyone who enjoys a well-told tale. (author's note, acknowledgments) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Newcomer Butler's title is a play on words: Rob Brackett and Nell Cranston are bound for Virginia, where they will be bound in servitude to the highest bidder for four to seven years. Read full book review >

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VIRGINIA WOOLF by James King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1995

"In interpreting her life as a heroic struggle against her morbid impulses, King ironically portrays Woolf's life and literary achievement with the gloom she sought to overcome. (16 pages b&w photos, illustrations, not seen)"
Despite its claim as the first full-scale literary biography of Virginia Woolf, King's (William Blake, 1991) thick work breaks no new ground, but instead tries lugubriously to make the writer into a self-help heroine and her books into a kind of therapy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 11, 1997

"Out of the Bloomsbury biography glut, Lee's admirably sympathetic portrait is as close to the Boswellian ideal as one could hope for. (24 pages photos, not seen)"
Following Woolf's own experience of her life rather than later interpretations of it, Lee (English/Univ. of York, England; Willa Cather: Double Lives, not reviewed) delivers a comprehensive, elegantly structured work on the High Victorian modernist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WEST VIRGINIA by Joe Halstead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"No Look Homeward Angel this; rather a hapless family and road-trip blues."
In Halstead's debut, young Jamie Paddock is pulled home to the hard-worn, poverty-stricken West Virginia mountains by the apparent suicide of his father. Read full book review >