Search Results: "Carlos Franz"


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THE ABSENT SEA by Carlos Franz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 2011

"Dark, brilliant and disturbing. Let's hope this first U.S. publication for Chilean novelist Franz will be followed by many more."
What happened in a provincial town during the early days of the Pinochet regime. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A pleasing romp: punk in attitude but literary in execution and a fine work of armchair travel for those unwilling to strap on an accordion on the streets of Rostov for themselves."
Want to see the seamy side of a country? Go on tour as a rock musician. Read full book review >

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PHILIP JOHNSON by Franz Schulze
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 1994

"An expansive view of Johnson's prickly intellect, ambition, and shifting aesthetic core. (125 photos, not seen)"
Spry and readable, this first major Johnson biography delivers the goods on the puckish 87-year-old godfather of American architecture. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN SOUL by Franz Schurmann
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 9, 1995

"Like Niebuhr, Schurmann can be both insightful and critical but is ultimately seduced by the very myths of the national character he seeks to critique."
Eloquent and occasionally touching reflections on the meaning of America by the son of immigrants. Read full book review >

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THE BEFORELIFE by Franz Wright
Released: Jan. 31, 2001

"In these short meditations of anguish and hope, Wright achieves the clarity of 'seeing,' and a hard-won wisdom as well."
The dominant moods of Wright's latest work are repentance and resolution. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A welcome addition to Bloomsbury's Urban Historical series, shimmering with dabs of color that bring the entire portrait to life."
Poignant, dark-humored account of the brothers who transported 140 tons of street stuff to their Harlem brownstone. Read full book review >

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MYSELF WITH OTHERS by Carlos Fuentes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 1998

"For all its gloss and sophisticated reach, then, a minor, disappointing book."
The scope of Fuentes' essays is attractively broad—from two elegant pieces of writerly autobiography to long discursions on Gogol, Diderot, Cervantes, and Bunuel, to an admonitory Harvard commencement address on the evils of US insensitivity to Latin America. Read full book review >

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TEACHING PLATO IN PALESTINE by Carlos Fraenkel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"Fresh, iconoclastic, stimulating debates."
A valiant attempt to provoke philosophical questions about identity and purpose in unlikely hotspots. Read full book review >

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THE SITE by Carlos Valrand
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 25, 2013

"An uneven sci-fi thriller with a classical feel."
Valrand's surreal debut sci-fi thriller ties the mysterious dreams of a timid British schoolteacher to the guns-blazing action of an international conspiracy. Read full book review >

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THE HYDRA HEAD by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 1978

"A bumpy ride, then, serious but unsure of itself, neither smoothly entertaining nor genuinely provocative."
In marked contrast to Fuentes' last novel, the broad-keeled and mythic Terra Nostra, this is a spy mystery, a sort of object fable linking the subterranean and inherently puzzling Mexican character to shady, cloak-and-dagger goings-on. Read full book review >

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GRANDMA U by Jeanie Franz Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Kids might get a chuckle out of the baby doll whose head falls when Molly forgets to give it enough support, and the diaper episode is good gross fun, but the reading level for this item really ought to be 50. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Though the punch line in Ransom's story of a grandma's formal education in grandmahood is groaningly predictable, the buffed and cheery illustrations elevate what is essentially a picture book for grandmothers. Read full book review >

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COWBOY CAR by Jeanie Franz Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Go west, young car. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An urban auto finds fulfillment in the not-so-wild west. Read full book review >