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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Protestants by Alain Marshall
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 22, 2016

"Diverting historical stories hampered by garbled prose."
In short, anecdotal chapters, this conversational work profiles mostly lesser-known English separatists from the early 17th century. Read full book review >

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THE DEFEAT OF THE MIND by Alain Finkielkraut
NON-FICTION
Released: April 28, 1995

"Despite Finkielkraut's Gallic disregard for Anglo-American thought and his translator's clueless introduction, this passionate essay is a welcome moment of brightness in the increasingly murky debate."
If you never made it all the way through Allan Bloom's ponderous bestseller, The Closing of the American Mind (1987), then this short and provocative book, first published in France in the same year, is the perfect way to catch up with the larger issues in the culture wars. Read full book review >

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EALHSWITHA by Alain Marshall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2015

"An often muddled take on an intriguing era of clashing cultures."
Debut author Marshall offers a historical novel set during the time of Alfred the Great, the Anglo-Saxon king of Wessex in the late 9th century. Read full book review >

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LETTER TO JIMMY by Alain Mabanckou
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"The conceit of the letter and the oddly intimate tone toward 'Jimmy' make this a curious work, but it's often insightful and illuminating."
A celebration of James Baldwin's literature and legacy published in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of his death. Read full book review >