Search Results: "André François"


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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 >

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CROCODILE TEARS by André François
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 11, 2017

"It's a gorgeous physical book, but perhaps it's best for adult collectors rather than children. (Picture book. 5-adult)"
The term "crocodile tears" explained in a fanciful illustrated story. Read full book review >

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ROLAND by Nelly Stéphane
Released: June 15, 1958

"Little Roland has an extraordinary gift with the crayon. In fact, whatever he draws comes to life. A delightful knock, but at times it gets complicated, for outside of his ability to draw poor little children the gifts they could normally not afford, he also threatens his mother with turning her tidy home into a menagerie of animated creatures. Roland compromises in the end, but not until he and his renders have enjoyed an afternoon of most lively Gallic whimsy.</p>"
<p>There is no doubt about it. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 14, 2014

"A bright, absorbing account of a short period in history that still resounds today."
Furstenberg (History/Johns Hopkins Univ.; In the Name of the Father: Washington's Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation, 2007) expands the historical outlook of the 18th century's great upheavals and shows the global effects of the Enlightenment. Read full book review >

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FAMILY TREES by François Weil
Released: April 30, 2013

"Weil convincingly delineates the fact that origins matter; they fill many needs, from the noble to the nasty."
A genealogy of American genealogy. Read full book review >

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ON THE CONTRARY by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 1994

"Disappointing."
South African novelist Brink (Cape of Storms, 1992, etc.) again revisits the past to tell a picaresque tale that is also a heartfelt but clumsy mea culpa. Read full book review >

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DEVIL'S VALLEY by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"Evocative, but too fraught and busy to cohere. (Author tour)"
South African novelist and journalist Brink (Reinventing a Continent, 1998, etc.) offers a literary smorgasbord that's part myth, part allegory, and part conventional love story as he tells of a reporter's visit to a sinister community. Read full book review >

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BEFORE I FORGET by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"Cloying and pretentious."
A famous, progressive, aging South African writer salutes all the women he has loved in this latest from the famous, progressive, aging South African Brink (The Other Side of Silence, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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CHILDHOOD by André Alexis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A genuinely elegant work."
A splendid debut by Canadian writer Alexis (Trinidadian-born): a wistful remembrance of growing up, posing as a love letter to the narrator's paramour. Read full book review >

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OTHER LIVES by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"While at times a bit facile and almost overly clever, an ultimately fascinating commentary on race and identity."
A realistic book with surrealistic twists that allows the author to explore themes of race in contemporary South Africa. Read full book review >

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FREE REIN by André Breton
Released: May 1, 1996

"The paradoxes implied by a once-vernal intelligence, which now come to seem rather Wizard-of-Oz-like, recommend a reconsideration of Breton's work."
A compendium of the French surrealist's major prose writings, from 1936 to 1952, which intriguingly exposes Breton's limitations and datedness along with his besetting enthusiasms. Read full book review >

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DESPAIR by André Alexis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2000

"But convincing evidence of the stylistic assurance and thematic range of an eccentrically gifted writer."
Echoes of Dinesen, Borges, and Djuna Barnes sound throughout this debut collection of eight curiously linked stories, first published to great acclaim in 1994 by the Trinidadian-born Canadian author of the equally highly praised first novel Childhood (1998). Read full book review >