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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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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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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CRASH INTO ME by Albert Borris
FICTION
Released: July 21, 2009

"Fans of Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why (2007) will find this page-turner a hopeful alternative. (Fiction. YA)"
This is no ordinary road trip. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

Marrin's approach to the story of the Dust Bowl is unique in its focus on ecology, arguing that the ignorant and exploitive practices of farmers, hunters and ranchers made the catastrophe worse than it needed to be. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Marrin's book may be useful to young readers for its extent of documented information, but they may find better reading elsewhere. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Marrin's biography of our first president is packed with information, but is problematic in its presentation. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Most surprising is the depiction of Morgan's civic role, as governor of Port Royal, Jamaica (1680—1682), which benefitted not only from the buccaneer's ill-gotten gold, but a thriving slave market as well. (index, not seen, b&w illustrations, maps, notes, bibliography) (Biography. 11-15)"
The pirate tactics of the 17th century would be considered terrorism today, but that didn't prevent governments of the time from hiring Henry Morgan (1635—1688) and his ilk to pillage on their behalf; Morgan received a royal commission, at age 33, to learn whether Spain really intended to invade Jamaica and was ultimately rewarded with a knighthood. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1992

"Index and b&w photos not seen. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
A powerfully written, emotion-packed, highly biased account of America's involvement in Vietnam. Read full book review >

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CASTLE GARDEN by Bill Albert
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Accurate historical research and occasional humor fail to compensate for a lack of focus and an overabundance of sheer subject."
An over-peopled, over-subplotted second novel from the author of Desert Blues (1994), this set in the turn-of-the-century American West. Read full book review >