Search Results: "Alexis Madrigal"


BOOK REVIEW

MADRIGAL by John E. Gardner
Released: April 10, 1968

"The awful threat at the end of the book is that Boysie Oakes (ex-British intelligence agent, all gonads, no brains nor guts) his slimy ex-boss and Griffin (their Cockney liquidator) will return in yet another about the firm they founded after the government pruned away their Special Branch."
A madrigal is a structured dramatic song that can go on far too long. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 22, 2011

"A well-told cautionary tale about the need for widespread renewable-energy production."
Eye-opening micro-histories about American energy past, with an eye to the future, from Atlantic senior editor and technology writer Madrigal. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"A cogent and satisfying primer on the mind of the perspicacious Gallic theorist who discerned a new form of government in America."
Essayist Epstein (Friendship, 2006, etc.) presents his take on America's most quoted, least vexing Frenchman in this latest addition to the Eminent Lives series. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTUROUS CHEF: ALEXIS SOYER by Ann Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2002

"The excitement of food and food preparation set in a historical context radiates from every page; middle-grade readers and those ready for a biography of a totally unique individual, irreplaceable by all accounts, will be fascinated. (Biography. 8-12)"
The illustrator of the splendid Fanny at Chez Panisse (1997) offers a fascinating pictorial biography of an engaging personality, the French chef Alexis Soyer. Read full book review >

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THE DAYS OF ANNA MADRIGAL by Armistead Maupin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"Sweet, undemanding entertainment most suitable for longtime fans."
More "Tales of the City" (Mary Ann in Autumn, 2010, etc.), with the former residents of 28 Barbary Ln. still fluttering around their erstwhile landlady. Read full book review >

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A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH by Alexis Deacon
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 26, 2016

"Readers will give themselves over to the dreamlike, immersive narrative, trusting that Volume 2, A Game Without Rules will be along soon. (Graphic fantasy. 12 & up)"
Fifty souls of diverse race and gender gather to witness the passing of great chief Matarka, and one of them will be her successor—if that person can win the cruelly arbitrary contest governed by the sorceress Niope. Read full book review >

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WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING by Alexis Deacon
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 8, 2006

"No child will miss the answer as the girl cuddles her toys in the morning light. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Deacon's illustrations for this variation on the theme of toys that wake while a child sleeps are heartwarming and very nearly profound. Read full book review >

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SLOW LORIS by Alexis Deacon
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2002

"Pair this with Lynn Munsinger's Score One for the Sloths (2001) and learn to take it easy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Slow Loris wasn't his real name but that was what everyone called him. A slow loris is just a type of animal. Read full book review >

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ERANDI'S BRAIDS by Antonio Hernández Madrigal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Although the storyline—equating the cutting of hair with sacrifice, as it was for O. Henry's young couple and Alcott's Jo—is not entirely new, dePaola's work transports readers to the innocence and austerity of a timeless Mexican village. (Picture book. 4-7)"
DePaola's signature rounded characters and folk-influenced palette invigorate this slim Mexican folktale. Read full book review >

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FIFTEEN DOGS by André Alexis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"A clever exploration of our essence, communication, and how our societies are organized."
When is a dog not a dog? Two Greek gods bet on what would happen to 15 unsuspecting canines if they were granted human intelligence. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Colorful enthusiasm draped over a thorough treatment of Arctic exploration."
A boisterous survey of those answering the Siren call of the North Pole. Read full book review >

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LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES by Alexis Bass
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 31, 2014

"Careful, subtle and aching. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A system for avoiding heartbreak falls apart in an unexpectedly insightful tale of friendship and loyalty. Read full book review >