Search Results: "Alexander Nicholson"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"An intriguing look at gay activism inside the Beltway."
In his debut, gay rights activist Nicholson chronicles the successful fight for the repeal of the U.S. military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Read full book review >

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PRISSY & POP DECK THE HALLS by Melissa Nicholson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"No silk purse here, just four little piggie ears. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Miniature pigs celebrate the Christmas holiday together in a story illustrated with photographs of the pampered porcine pair. Read full book review >

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ANIMAL ARCHITECTS by John Nicholson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Consider this import a companion or alternative to Bert Kitchen's more striking And So They Build (1993) or Barbara Taylor's photographic survey, Animal Homes (1996). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
From a sea turtle's portable shell to the "Skyscrapers of Spit and Sand" built by some termites, or the elaborate nests of titmice and weaver birds, Nicholson surveys the astonishing range of structures that animals construct as temporary or permanent homes. Read full book review >

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JAZZ-ROCK by Stuart Nicholson
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"Still, his impeccable music scholarship makes up for this tendency toward structural formula. (50 illustrations, not seen)"
An exhaustive look at how some jazz musicians adjusted to the advent of rock ‘n' roll. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 1999

"Reproductions of period posters, record labels, and advertisements provide a lively visual accompaniment, but—like the uninterrupted series of quotes that make up the text—they could use some context."
In the centenary year of his birth, a life of jazz legend Duke Ellington, in an oral history'style narrative composed of a series of short quotations from Ellington and those who knew him. Read full book review >

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THE ANTHOLOGIST by Nicholson Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The author's characteristic obsessiveness and attention to minutiae will appeal mainly to those who know and care as much about poetry as Paul."
Novelist/polemicist Baker (Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization, 2008, etc.) takes a nullity as a protagonist. Read full book review >

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"Entertaining but confusing."
Globetrotting metaphysical caper involving a search for the titular item-wooden, ancient and supposedly very handy for parting seas-by a madcap crew of academics, murderous screwball fundamentalists, clueless cops, at least one certifiable type and a beautiful musical genius. Read full book review >

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THE WAY THE WORLD WORKS by Nicholson Baker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Not a major work, but a thoughtful collection from a writer who, to quote his own description of Daniel Defoe, has 'an enormous appetite for truth and life and bloody specificity.'"
The erudite novelist and essayist ponders obsessions both old (newspapers and rare books) and new (Kindle 2, Wikipedia, video games). Read full book review >

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THE CITY UNDER THE SKIN by Geoff Nicholson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2014

"This 'cartographic thriller' by the British-born, Los Angeles-based Nicholson doesn't always rise to its subject, but it does a good job of making us think about our surroundings and the people in them."
Young women with maps crudely tattooed on their backs hold answers to the mysteries posed in Nicholson's arch urban thriller. Read full book review >

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VOX by Nicholson Baker
Released: Feb. 14, 1992

"First Harold Brodkey as the Mahler, the Liszt, of the hand-job, now Nicholson Baker as its David Letterman."
On a private adult phone-sex line, Jim, a West Coaster in his late 20s, connects with East Coast Abby. Read full book review >

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THE ELEPHANT KEEPER by Christopher Nicholson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The 18th-century diction is convincing, but too much elephant lore, though engrossing in its own right, slows the pace."
Faux-picaresque debut novel about a boy and his elephant. Read full book review >