Search Results: "Anthea Bell"


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THE FLORAL COMPANION by Anthea  Bell
Released: Feb. 22, 1989

An occasionally slow-going but nonetheless engaging second novel from Bell (A London Season, 1983), this one set in post-Regency England—circa 1830—and starring spunky heroine Mrs. Caroline ("Carey") Read full book review >

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THE LUDWIG CONSPIRACY by Oliver Pötzsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Fans of bookish European fiction will enjoy this, the too abundant Dan Brown-ian motions notwithstanding."
Who was that Cowled Man? Austrian novelist Pötzsch serves up an ambitious though familiar tale of Mad King Ludwig. Read full book review >

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TIGER MOON by Antonia Michaelis
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A superior fairy tale, indeed—down to the bittersweet but ultimately satisfying conclusion. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Safia, sold by her poor, high-caste father to be a Rajah's eighth wife, knows that she faces death when her brutal husband discovers she is not a virgin. Read full book review >

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DEVIL’S TANGO by Herve Jubert
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Marred only by the pretension of four identical footnotes urging you to read Book 1, this is a metaphysically creative and fantastical tale for fans of the offbeat. (Fantasy. YA)"
As fanciful as its predecessor but blessedly more cohesive, this quirky fantasy is a lovely ride. Read full book review >

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THE BOYS FROM ST. PETRI by Bjarne Reuter
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"An excellent complement to Carol Matas's Lisa's War (1989) and its sequel. (Fiction. 12+)"
A sense of pressure permeates this tightly focused novel about young Danish resistance fighters in 1942. Read full book review >

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BEFORE THE FEAST by Saša Stanišic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"A brilliant, quirky entertainment."
In his sophomore novel, Bosnian-born writer Stanišic (How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone, 2008) meditates on history, real and counterfactual. Read full book review >

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DREAM A LITTLE DREAM by Kerstin Gier
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 14, 2015

"While it's less compelling than her Ruby Red Trilogy, fans should enjoy Gier's latest chilling, unresolved tale of sinister dreams and budding romance. (Fantasy. 12-17)"
A teen who loves secrets finds herself in the dreams of four handsome guys at her posh London school in this first volume of the Silver Trilogy. Read full book review >

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THE SWEETNESS OF LIFE by Françoise Héritier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A reminder of blessings."
A stop-and-smell-the-roses book by a distinguished French anthropologist. Read full book review >

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RUBY RED by Kerstin Gier
Released: May 10, 2011

"Bell's deft translation captures an engaging heroine with a cell phone and a sense of humor, an emerging romance and a complex, unresolved time-travel mystery spanning four centuries. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A contemporary English teen discovers she possesses a gene enabling her to travel into the past in this riveting first volume of the Ruby Red trilogy. Read full book review >

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LOVE TODAY by Maxim Biller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2008

"<\b>A globe-spanning collection that offers a keyhole view of mostly doomed relationships."
A German author makes his U.S. debut with 27 portraits of love dying on the vine. Read full book review >

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BERLIN by Pierre Frei
by Pierre Frei, translated by Anthea Bell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Unfocused, and unsatisfying as a whole."
A sprawling thriller set amid the hard times and horrors of pre- and post-World War II Germany. Read full book review >

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IN MY BROTHER’S SHADOW by Uwe Timm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2005

"History and private life interfused utterly by a master writer in a way at once authentic, unpretentious, moving, and of extraordinary significance."
Now that he alone of his immediate family is still alive, this remarkable German writer (The Invention of Curried Sausage, 1995, etc.) produces a group memoir that, with piercing intelligence, reawakens—and grieves over—a dreadful history. Read full book review >