Search Results: "Brendan Freely"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GAZE by Elif Shafak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2006

"A strange, hallucinatory work."
From Turkish novelist Shafak (The Saint of Incipient Insanities, 2004, etc.), a richly layered narrative concerning misfits and how society views them. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE OF MEMORY by John Freely
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A text that will appeal to those fond of memoirs about coming of age in the Depression and World War II."
The nonagenarian author of scores of books about travel and history returns with a memoir about his boyhood, youth, and World War II. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The first biography of Mehmet in decades finds the sultan a brilliant but elusive subject."
Turkey expert Freely (History/Univ. of the Bosphorus; Storm on Horseback: The Seljuk Warriors of Turkey, 2008, etc.) delivers an oblique portrait of the Ottoman ruler who considered himself another Alexander the Great. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER REBECCA by Maureen Freely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"A delicious but sometimes disappointing retelling of the legendary page-turner."
From an American writer (My Year with the Stork Club, 1993, etc.) yet published first in Britain: a wickedly clever and witty reworking of Du Maurier's famous novel, a takeoff that falters only when Rebecca herself appears. Read full book review >

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ENLIGHTENMENT by Maureen Freely
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 20, 2008

"Conspiracy theory, nationhood and relationships collide, often obscurely, in a multilayered and earnest, if oddly remote, tale."
A complex novel juxtaposes youthful allegiances and political machinations in Turkey. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2003

"Lacks critical perspective, but patient readers will be fascinated."
Physicist turned travel writer Freely (Inside the Seraglio, not reviewed) counts three decades spent tracking down a 17th-century rabbi who became one of the most curious figures in the history of Judaism. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 2009

"A chewy study of the preservation and transportation of classical Greek thought. See Jonathan Lyons' The House of Wisdom (2009) for a more accessible account of the Arab influence on Western civilization."
Freely (Storm on Horseback: The Seljuk Warriors of Turkey, 2008, etc.) profiles the various caliphates that fostered scholarship and scientific inquiry during Europe's Dark Ages. Read full book review >

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MY YEAR WITH THE STORK CLUB by Maureen Freely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 29, 1993

"Wickedly funny. (Film rights to Francis Ford Coppola)"
Freely's latest satirical look (after the darkly comic Mother's Helper, 1979; and The Life of the Party, 1984) at modern American moms and dads—this one featuring a bumbling househusband whose marriage is destroyed by his wife's gaggle of terrifying friends. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"For specialists and students."
A history of science in the centuries before Copernicus, Galileo and Newton. Read full book review >

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THE MUSEUM OF INNOCENCE by Orhan Pamuk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 2009

"Another richly woven tale suffused with life and color from one of contemporary fiction's true master craftsmen."
Curious and demanding new novel from Turkey's 2006 Nobel laureate, both closely akin to and somewhat less accomplished than its universally acclaimed predecessors (Snow, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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HOW YA LIKE ME NOW by Brendan Halpin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 8, 2007

"An interesting exploration of serious issues, presented in a lighthearted tone. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Fifteen-year-old Eddie's mother is forced into rehab and his father has died, leaving the young man adrift without adult support. Read full book review >

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NEMESIS by Brendan Reichs
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 21, 2017

"Hooked readers will be tapping their fingers waiting for the sequel. (Thriller. 12-16)"
Reichs follows up his Virals series (co-written with his mother, Kathy Reichs) with a new series about imminent human extinction. Read full book review >