Search Results: "Virginia Postrel"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 2003

"Engaging, even while some of the author's ideas fail to coalesce."
An examination of the nature of decoration and adornment. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Like the undergraduate who discovers a new idea and so concludes that all other ideas must be wrong, she merely states over and over again how right she is without doing the hard intellectual work of engaging those who would challenge her."
A provocative and pretentious defense of the free society, the free market, and even the free person. Read full book review >

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THE POWER OF GLAMOUR by Virginia Postrel
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Interesting topic, impressive execution and stunning visual accompaniments."
Postrel (The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic Value Is Remaking Commerce, Culture, and Consciousness, 2003, etc.) offers a thoroughly researched, analytical, illustrated view on the characteristics, both keen and subtle, that qualify an object, person, event or location as glamorous. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The text is bold and simple, and the format is varied so to appeal to any learning style, making counting almost effortless. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bartholomew, the pudgy butterscotch bear, rejoins his friends Little Black Kitten and George in this colorful counting story. Read full book review >

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IN A MINUTE! by Virginia Miller
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Parents and children alike will enjoy repeated readings of this appealing and reassuring story. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The lovable, toddler-friendly bear duo of George and Bartholomew returns in a humorous tale about waiting. Read full book review >

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I LOVE YOU JUST THE WAY YOU ARE by Virginia Miller
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The illustrations have a light, homey feel, a mix of humble domesticity and charm. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bartholomew (or Ba) and George return (Be Gentle!, 1997, etc.) for another demonstration of unconditional love. Read full book review >

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THE ROSEMARY SPELL by Virginia Zimmerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A spellbinding story about friendship and the power of prose. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Rosemary and her friends explore memory and relationships through Shakespeare's works in Zimmerman's debut novel. Read full book review >

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BATTY HATTIE by Virginia Nielsen
Released: April 1, 1999

"The wealth of information offered about bats is engagingly presented. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Harriet is a sixth-grader who feels abandoned by her mother, a musician who has parked her with a biologist uncle so she can tour Europe. Read full book review >

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A WOMAN OF PASSION by Virginia Henley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 1999

"Written in reckless, slamming prose that mirrors its redheaded heroine's blazing tantrums."
Henley's 16th dish of romance (A Year and a Day, 1998, etc.) tells of commoner Bess Hardwick's life from ages six to forty as she rises from poverty to become Queen Elizabeth's lady-in-waiting and to make a spectacular marriage to the richest lord in England, all the while taking full advantage of the period's sexy freedoms. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 1990

"Advise pleasure-readers to skip the notes, and researchers to consult better-documented material."
A collection of 24 myths and folk tales from a wide variety of traditions, plus one original story incorporating folk beliefs. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2004

"Entertaining social history, though the author's fondness for long quotes and many, many examples make it more fun to browse than to read cover-to-cover."
After surveying grandmother Vanessa Bell's home in Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden (not reviewed), Nicholson moves on to a broader but related subject: lifestyles of the poor and avant-garde. Read full book review >