Search Results: "Albert Vigoleis Thelen"


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THE ISLAND OF SECOND SIGHT by Albert Vigoleis Thelen
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Worthy of a place alongside On the Marble Cliffs, Berlin Alexanderplatz, The Death of Virgil and other modernist German masterworks; a superb, sometimes troubling work of postwar fiction, deserving the widest possible audience."
A vast novel—if novel it is—of the tangled lives of anti-Nazi Germans on the Spanish island of Majorca in the years leading up to World War II. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Contemporary illustrations (mostly portraits); source notes; extensive bibliography; index. (Biography. 12+)"
Dramatic yet well balanced, a biography framed by chapters outlining Grant's earlier and later life while focusing on his major military campaigns and offering perspectives of civilians in charge as well as of generals and the soldiers who carried out their orders. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 2012

"Thelen's affection for rural Honduras, for its natural beauty, generous people, and superstitions (Mayan ghosts loom large), is contagious: This simple mystery spreads the travel bug and satisfies thanks to its intoxicating focus on place."
The second novel in the Mystery-in-Exotic-Places series by Marjorie Thelen (The Forty Column Castle, 2011, etc.) brings a small town known as "the Florence of the Mayan world" [7] vividly to life as the setting for an archaeological murder mystery. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

Often regarded as the inspiration behind Indiana Jones, renowned dinosaur hunter Andrews marks an apt change of pace for Marrin, best known for rousing accounts of wars and generals. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1997

"Santa Fe trail. (b&w photos and reproductions, maps, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Marrin (The Sea King, 1995, etc.) retraces the Spanish conquest of the American Southwest in this distinctive, authentically illustrated volume. Read full book review >

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THE CYBELENE CONSPIRACY by Albert Noyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2005

"Noyer's enthusiastic curiosity is effectively channeled through his two attractive protagonists: a smooth narrative packed with fascinating historical detail."
A fifth-century Nick and Nora crack secret codes, enjoy an impromptu maritime adventure, and hang out with gladiators in their second mystery caper. Read full book review >

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DESERT BLUES by Bill Albert
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Everything in this novel is too easy—including the laughs and the leaving of it at the end."
First fiction that's like the desert in which it's set: flat and stretching for miles without hint of change or oasis. Read full book review >

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BEYOND by Albert Goldbarth
Released: Nov. 30, 1998

"More tummler, barker, and prankster than poet, Goldbarth patches together poems from the thinnest material: his pile-on sensibility cries out for an editorial pencil, despite his affable personality throughout the volume."
A National Book Critics Circle Award winner for his Heaven and Earth, and the author of numerous other volumes of verse, Goldbarth relies on a wealth of odd facts and arcane information as points of departure for his often gimmicky poems. Read full book review >

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LEAVES OF THE BANYAN TREE by Albert Wendt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"These flaws combine to make this a less-than-satisfying read."
This novel by the Samoan-born Wendt (The Birth and Death of the Miracle Man, 1986, etc.), first published in 1979, is a family saga that contrasts three generations of Western Samoans as a way of exploring the effects of colonialism before and after the country's independence from New Zealand. Read full book review >

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APPOINTMENT IN MAY by Neil Albert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1996

"Muddled detective work, but the powerful climax makes you realize how deeply Albert's burrowed into his sorry cast."
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