Search Results: "André Comte-Sponville"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 30, 2001

"An effervescent primer of the morally examined life."
An energized discussion of essential virtues for everyday living, by a young French philosopher. Read full book review >

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STATES OF EMERGENCY by André Brink
Released: May 17, 1989

Philip Malan is a South African professor who finds himself in over his head with a young graduate assistant, Melissa. Read full book review >

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AN ACT OF TERROR by André Brink
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Disappointing."
A pretentious megabook with mega themes from South African novelist Brink, already somewhat overtaken by events in South Africa and elsewhere. Read full book review >

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NEVER CATCH A COLD by André François
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2012

"A bit of Gallic foolery, just in time for cold season. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A small, witty portrait gallery of colds, originally composed in French for a pharmaceutical company's ad campaign. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2002

"An even-handed survey for anyone bewildered by recent events in a once-remote pocket of Europe."
A useful historical overview of "a centuries-long theater of the macabre." Read full book review >

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CHINA BUS by André  Darlington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2017

"A vivid, intimate collection of memories, ponderings, and portraits."
Darlington (The New Cocktail Hour, 2016, etc.) presents a collection of slice-of-life moments on a Chinatown bus. Read full book review >

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DROUGHTS  by Melissa Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A necessary read in today's climate. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
In this era of climate change (or not, depending upon which politician you listen to) comes an apropos look at droughts. Read full book review >

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MY JOURNEY TO THE STARS by Scott Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"The pictures are a patchwork, but the authorial voice is distinct and the story has its unique aspects. (Picture book/autobiography. 7-9)"
An astronaut's story, from early adventures with his twin brother (who also became an astronaut) to record-breaking feats in space. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 5, 1991

"Sheer charm. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The fabled days of MGM at the crest of its manufacturing of musicals, very amusingly re-created by a top arranger-conductor. Read full book review >

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Released: April 6, 1998

"Still, one can only wonder why a respected author would spend time and effort on such a stultifying and ultimately absurd effort."
A collection of warmed-over, postmodern theorizing pieces on the centrality and self-consciousness of language in novels past and present. Read full book review >

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ENIGMA VARIATIONS by André Aciman
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An eminently adult look at desire and attachment, with all the usual regrets and then some—but also with the knowledge that such regret 'is easy enough to live down.'"
Love among the ruins—and with Ethan Frome, tennis, martinis, and Starbucks on the set as well. Read full book review >