Search Results: "Virginia Rounding"


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THE BURNING TIME by Virginia Rounding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An intriguing, astute look at this volatile period, though the author includes too many victim biographies, occasionally slowing the pace."
Rounding (Alix and Nicky: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina, 2012, etc.) explores the depth of the differences and the dangers of life under Henry VIII and his daughter, Queen Mary. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"The author's strong background in Russian history and meticulous research establish her as an excellent biographer, although taking the personality tests in the guise of the Czar could be construed as somewhat presumptive."
The intimate correspondence between Nicholas and Alexandra exposes the political naiveté of the ill-fated Romanovs while revealing their deep, loving relationship. Read full book review >

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CATHERINE THE GREAT by Virginia Rounding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"A welcome study of a 'multifaceted, very eighteenth-century woman.'"
Lively biography of a much misunderstood, most gifted ruler of Russia. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 7, 2003

"Well-researched, intelligent, and compassionate, but suffers unnecessarily from the absence of illustrations—and the presence of too many long, congested quotations."
A scholarly but generally readable tour through some sexy and salacious byways in the social landscape of 19th-century France. 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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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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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 2007

"A smart, funny coming-of-old-age novel."
A divorced woman, turning 60, decides there are actually advantages to getting old. 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 >

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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 >