Search Results: "Benjamin Hale"


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THE FAT ARTIST AND OTHER STORIES by Benjamin Hale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Hale's stories are wry rather than funny, often predictable rather than surprising—but the questions he raises are interesting all the same."
Five years after his debut novel, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore (2011), Hale returns with a collection of seven short stories, none earthshaking but all evidence of a steadily growing professional talent. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2008

"Phelps provides useful perspective on 18th-century mores that made spies like Hale initially reviled by both sides, but his narrative could use more depth."
A new look at the Connecticut preacher's son who became an icon of patriotic sacrifice. Read full book review >

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THE EVOLUTION OF BRUNO LITTLEMORE by Benjamin Hale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2011

"A less splendid debut than the hype would suggest, but a book of considerable merit all the same—and of high entertainment value, too, as much fun as a barrel of monkeys."
So, a chimp walks into a bar… Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Walter Isaacson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2003

"A little less sophisticated than H.W. Brands's The First American, but a solid contribution to Frankliniana all the same."
Nicely done life of "the most accomplished American of his age." Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 15, 1992

"Index. (Biography. 8-11)"
In the author's ``First Biography'' series (presenting more substantial information than his ``Picture Book'' biographies but still easily read): an excellent introduction with a goodly collection of revealing, not always familiar anecdotes enlivening a straightforward account of many of Franklin's most outstanding accomplishments, clearly set in their historical time. Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Milton Meltzer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1988

"This should become a standard work in juvenile library collections."
From a much-experienced biographer, a life of the protean writer-philosopher-scientist-statesman that readers should find both entertaining and memorable. Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Thomas S. Kidd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"A highly accessible study of an enigmatic yet influential faith life."
What did Benjamin Franklin really think of God? Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Brodersen's book is the best life of Benjamin we have and the best we are likely to have, until the archives are finally opened to scholars and biographers. (100 b&w photos, not seen)"
An even-handed account of the great literary critic's unlucky life, from his birth into Berlin's Jewish upper middle class to his suicide while in flight from the Nazis. Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN RUSH by Alyn Brodsky
NON-FICTION
Released: June 16, 2004

"Still, readers without much knowledge of Rush—and that would be most people—will find this an accessible introduction to the man and his tumultuous times."
A solid—and somewhat stolid—life of an often-overlooked Founding Father. Read full book review >

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Released: June 28, 1993

"But the sense that Carpenter has put his heart into perfect sync with Britten's own faulty organ isn't there. (Three 16-page photo inserts—not seen)"
A first-rate, if somewhat less than magisterial, treatment by Carpenter (The Brideshead Generation, 1990, etc.) of the life and works of one of the 20th century's towering musical figures—the man who put English music firmly on the larger European map. Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Edmund S. Morgan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"An excellent portrayal of a patriot's style and substance."
In this relatively brief biography, Morgan (History/Yale) aims to depict Franklin's personality as much as the deeds that made him famous. Read full book review >