Search Results: "Bernard-Henri Lévy"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GENIUS OF JUDAISM by Bernard-Henri Lévy
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A philosophical celebration of Judaism that wanders but ultimately returns to hope and light."
A memoir and philosophical reflection on the renewed urgency to study the Jewish tomes. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Those sharing Lévy's politics will find comfort in his analysis; others will be dismayed by his banal observations and tiresome predictability."
Nearly two decades after Alexis de Tocqueville's monumental Democracy in America, a French intellectual reassesses the cultural and political climate in the U.S. and, surprise, finds much to criticize. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 2011

"The arguments are often engaging, but the narrative could have used more editing for an American audience—will appeal mostly to academics and dedicated readers of philosophy."
A dialogue between two acclaimed French writers, originally published in France. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 18, 1995

"They will make agreeable companions for those anglophone readers who don't find their Parisian intellectual millieu too recherchÇ."
These transcripts of discussions by two French intellectuals— a man and a woman—about relations between the sexes make for generally delightful reading. Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS IN THE TRENCHES by John McCutcheon
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Sørensen's atmospheric oil paintings bring the miraculous night of peace to life with a wide, double-page spread that allows room to show many soldiers at once as well as the expanse of the battlefield. (author's note, historical note, music notation, CD) (Fiction. 7-18)"
Folksinger McCutcheon has adapted his original song about the Christmas Truce of 1914 as the text for this touching story about WWI. Read full book review >

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DADDY PLAYED MUSIC FOR THE COWS by Maryann Weidt
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Lovely. (Picture book. 4+)"
First, hearsay (of what she was like as a baby), and then the narrator's remembrances of a childhood on the farm comprise the pages of this memoir, in which words and art paint a loving portrait of the bond between a father and a daughter. Read full book review >

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MY LOVE WILL BE WITH YOU by Laura Krauss Melmed
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"The hyperrealism of the art undercuts the whole effect with their accuracy, the images on the page warring with the scientific truth that most, if not all, of these male animals are not exactly famed for their paternally nurturing characteristics. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An unapologetically sentimental companion to the pair's 1993 goo-fest, I Love You as Much …, this Father's Day offering presents a series of animal fathers offering patterned assurances to their babies: "Said the father eagle to his child, / ‘Someday you'll soar through a high mountain pass.' / Said the father lion to his child, / ‘Someday you'll hunt in the long, waving grass.' " Sorensen's oil montages are equally formulaic, placing cute father-child pairs on the left and the now-grown animal fulfilling its destiny on the right. Read full book review >

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NEW HOPE by Henri Sørensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"The strong, weather-bronzed faces and lovingly depicted animals in Sorensen's illustrations for Tresselt's Sun Up (1991) are to be found here, also—even the same dog. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A bighearted accounting of the 1885 founding of a midwestern town by Danish immigrants, as told by the founder's great-grandson to his own grandchild. Read full book review >

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COMING TO AMERICA by Bernard Wolf
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Lacking an index or bibliography, this will still provide insight into the daily life of a recently arrived family. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
An experienced photo-essayist, Wolf often takes on difficult topics. Read full book review >

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MOULDYLOCKS by Bernard Lodge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Lodge's illustrations have the look of woodcuts, with thick lines and evenly applied color; Mouldylocks, curly hair wriggling beneath pointed black hat like spinach linguini, makes an earnest foil for her mercurial friends. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A surprise birthday party for Mouldylocks the young witch deteriorates into amusing, wizardly warfare when her three adult hosts take to cheating at the games. Read full book review >

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TANGLEBIRD by Bernard Lodge
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"The lesson about channeling chaos into creativity may be somewhat muted, but manipulated; children will like Tanglebird's triumph over those who once mocked him. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Detailed woodcuts colored in soft pastels add visual interest to this didactic story. Read full book review >