Search Results: "Alain Serres"


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AND PICASSO PAINTED GUERNICA by Alain Serres
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Impressive nevertheless. (Nonfiction. 9 & up)"
This very sophisticated biography/art book introduces youngsters to the life of Pablo Picasso via his masterpiece Guernica, one of the most significant paintings of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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I HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE A CHILD by Alain Serres
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2012

"Provocative and guaranteed to spark awareness of children's rights. (note on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; list of states party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) (Picture book. 4-7)"
From the bold opening assertion, "I am a child with eyes, hands, a voice, a heart, and rights," to the urgent closing plea, "We need our rights to be respected now—today," this primer invites young readers to think about their universal rights as children as embodied in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA by Alain Vaës
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Winning. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In this witty makeover of the Andersen tale, a grasping queen almost corners the diamond market before an opal—and an Opaline—derail her scheme. Read full book review >

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A RUSSIAN MOTHER by Alain Bosquet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"What provoked this self-absorbed recital may lie still buried in its author's psyche; it isn't on the page."
First English translation of the well-known poet's fiction: an openly autobiographical novel originally published in 1978, when it won France's Grand Prix du Roman. Read full book review >

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RIMBAUD IN ABYSSINIA by Alain Borer
Released: Nov. 22, 1991

By age 20, when he mysteriously renounced his poetic career without publishing a single volume, Rimbaud had created a body of poetry that many still consider perfect; at age 27, after a brief life of wandering in Europe, he went to North Africa, where he amassed a small fortune in trading guns and coffee. Read full book review >

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THE DISCOVERY OF THE PAST by Alain Schnapp
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"A fascinating, highly intelligent look at man's obsession with finding evidence of his past. (370 illustrations) (Natural Science Book Club main selection)"
From Schnapp (Art and Archaeology/Univ. of Paris), a meticulously researched, beautifully crafted, and consistently absorbing history of the practice of archaeology from ancient times. Read full book review >

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PUSS IN BOOTS by Lincoln Kirstein
adapted by Lincoln Kirstein, illustrated by Alain Vaës
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Overblown, perhaps, but there's much to admire in the skillfully crafted art with its multitude of 17th-century references. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-9)"
A cinematic expansion of Perrault's (uncredited) story in large, elaborately illustrated format. Read full book review >

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HOW TO THINK MORE ABOUT SEX  by Alain de Botton
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A well-rounded examination of the ways we can marry intelligent thought and physical pleasure."
It's not the quantity of thought about sex, but rather the quality of thought about sex. Read full book review >

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BROKEN GLASS by Alain Mabanckou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"Important, entertaining and subtly moving."
The award-winning African author (African Psycho, 2007) returns with a novel about Africa and the West. Read full book review >

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KISS AND TELL by Alain de Botton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 1996

"Having stuck with this one-joke plot that is, like its narrator, amusing and tedious by turns, readers will understand her fond impatience all too well."
A young, self-centered British swain vows to get to know the next woman he meets better than she knows herself, in de Botton's self-consciously coy follow-up to On Love (1993) and The Romantic Movement (1995). ``It took me a long time to . . . understand how someone could have been so un-self-aware and at the same time so self-obsessed,'' reads the narrator's most recent Dear John letter. ``You said you loved me, but a narcissist can't love anyone but himself.'' Miffed by the accusation, de Botton's intellectual hero determines not just to pay more attention to the next woman he meets but to immerse himself in her life as assiduously as a biographer studies his subject. Read full book review >

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STATUS ANXIETY by Alain de Botton
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"An intelligent breath of fresh air, sans the usual ax-grinding."
A novelist (Kiss and Tell, 1996, etc.) with a flair for gleaning self-help from across the ages (The Consolations of Philosophy, 2000) cleverly deconstructs and demystifies that sinking feeling of material inferiority. Read full book review >