Nancy C. (nancyzc) - Reviews

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American Impressionism (Tiny Folio)
American Impressionism (Tiny Folio)
Author: William H. Gerdts
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/11/2011


A beautiful and compact little treasury of paintings. Recommended.


The American Medical Association Essential Guide to Hypertension
The American Medical Association Essential Guide to Hypertension
Author: AMA
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 6/17/2014


Good, reliable guide, as an AMA publication should be


Ask Sir James
Ask Sir James
Author: Michaela Reid
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 3/3/2008


Sir James was physician to Queen Victoria. Insights into the royal household.


Becoming Jane Eyre
Becoming Jane Eyre
Author: Sheila Kohler
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/9/2012
Helpful Score: 1


Almost any book involving Charlotte Bronte is worth reading, in my view. This one is pleasant, fills in a few gaps with imaginary scenes, but is not quite a must-read.


The Betrayal of Trust (Simon Serrailler, Bk 6)
The Betrayal of Trust (Simon Serrailler, Bk 6)
Author: Susan Hill
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/19/2017


Same good and bad points as the other books in the Simon Serrailler (sp?) series: Simon is not particularly likable and the author has a streak of cruelty similar to Joanna Trollope's, yet the plot is compelling and the reader continues to be curious about what will happen within Simon's family. This is basically junk food for the mind, temporarily satisfying but not at all nourishing. I intend to continue reading the series but not to keep these books permanently.


The Bone Density Program : 6 Weeks to Strong Bones and a Healthy Body
Review Date: 12/20/2011


The prescription drug recommendations may be slightly out of date now, but the diet and exercise programs are very helpful. Recommended.


British Library Souvenir Guide
British Library Souvenir Guide
Author: Nicolas Barker
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/15/2012


Good illustrated summary of the holdings of the British Library, opened circa 1998 when it split off from the British Museum. Highly recommended as a souvenir.


Castle Gripsholm: A Summer Story
Castle Gripsholm: A Summer Story
Author: Kurt Tucholsky, Michael Hofmann (Translator)
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 1/25/2019


Combines the techniques of Kafka and Isak Dinesen with some very specific political satire directed against the early Nazi regime in Germany. Very entertaining, but at the same time depressing.


Chatterton
Chatterton
Author: Peter Ackroyd
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 8/15/2009


The author knows London at least as well as anyone now living. Add to this knowledge a brilliant imagination and you have another superb novel in CHATTERTON. The story concerns the mysterious "suicide" of real-life 1700s teenage poet Chatterton.


Comedy in a Minor Key: A Novel
Comedy in a Minor Key: A Novel
Author: Hans Keilson
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/17/2010


A rather short story told in an old-fashioned way, but with sympathy and good psychology. More accessible than Keilson's Death of an Adversary.


Compass American Guides : Pennsylvania
Compass American Guides : Pennsylvania
Author: Douglas L. Root
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 5/30/2012


As is true of every other book in this Compass series, the Pennsylvania guide is the best possible introduction to the geography and history of the state. It's written for the traveler, but not just a list of hotels and restaurants. Highly recommended.


Dark Fire
Dark Fire
Author: C.J. Sansom
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/3/2008


Second installment in the adventures of Matthew Shardlake, a hunchbacked attorney in the time of Henry VIII. A very sympathetic hero, an intriguing mystery, and of course the background of Thomas Cromwell's shenanigans in the service of the king.


Death Comes for the Archbishop
Death Comes for the Archbishop
Author: Willa Cather
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 12
Review Date: 5/31/2009


Based on the true story of the archbishop who built the cathedral at Santa Fe. Minor characters include Kit Carson and his wife Josefa. A vivid description of the beautiful Southwest.


The Death of the Adversary: A Novel
The Death of the Adversary: A Novel
Author: Hans Keilson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 12/26/2010


The New York Times Book Review gave this book a rave review, but I was disappointed. There is nothing wrong with it, exactly, but I was not impressed. It's sort of Kafkaesque and allegorical. I like Kafka, but I did not see anything so remarkable about this book. Maybe its main value is historical, since it is a reaction to Nazi-ism and the German occupation of The Netherlands 1940-5.


Descent from Glory: Four Generations of the John Adams Family
Descent from Glory: Four Generations of the John Adams Family
Author: Paul C. Nagel
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 7/21/2008


A terrific book that has kept its appeal for 25 years. If you liked the recent HBO miniseries John Adams, or the book it was based on, you should also try this book.


Dissolution (Shardlake, Bk 1)
Dissolution (Shardlake, Bk 1)
Author: C. J. Sansom
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/3/2008


First installment in the adventures of Matthew Shardlake, a hunchbacked attorney in the days of Henry VIII. His character, as well as the mystery he tries to solve and the political background, are fascinating. Whole series highly recommended.


Eastenders: The Inside Story
Eastenders: The Inside Story
Author: Julia Smith, Tony Holland
Book Type: Unknown Binding
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 9/29/2012


Enjoyable information about the beginnings of this popular British soap opera.


Elizabeth and Alexandra
Elizabeth and Alexandra
Author: Antony Lambton
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 3/3/2008


Sticks very close to the historical truth but ends on a twist with a "might-have-been" ending. Concerns the last Tsaritsa, Alexandra; her sister Elizabeth, Grand Duchess Sergei; and the politically powerful brothers they left Germany for.


Emily Bronte: Heretic
Emily Bronte: Heretic
Author: Stevie Davies
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 12/16/2009


The best explanation of Emily Bronte I have ever read. Difficult to follow at times, but fascinating. Emily was not simply a dreamy-eyed romantic, but a hard and practical recluse of advanced intellect and education. Highly recommended.


The Empress of the Last Days
The Empress of the Last Days
Author: Jane Stevenson
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 7/22/2014


Conclusion of the trilogy, in which 21st-century researchers uncover the (fictional) story of Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, her African lover, and their unsuspecting descendants. The ending is somewhat unsatisfying, as Stevenson doesn't seem to know what to do after the genealogical research is concluded. But that's only a quibble. I highly recommend all of her books.


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