Search Results: "Catherine Merridale"


BOOK REVIEW

CATHERINE by April Lindner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2013

"Not as emotionally engaging as readers might desire, but solid and well-told. (Fiction. 15 & up)"
After discovering that her mother, Catherine Eversole Price, had not died, as her father told her, but instead deserted the family and then disappeared, 17-year-old Chelsea Price goes on a quest to find out what happened to her. Read full book review >

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LENIN ON THE TRAIN by Catherine Merridale
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"A superbly written narrative history that draws together and makes sense of scattered data, anecdotes, and minor episodes, affording us a bigger picture of events that we now understand to be transformative."
British historian Merridale (Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin, 2013, etc.) fills a lacuna in the canonical record of Soviet communism. Read full book review >

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RED FORTRESS by Catherine Merridale
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Visitors of Russia and social historians alike will benefit from Merridale's thoroughgoing research and lively writing."
Comprehensive study of Moscow's walled city, for centuries a byword for power, secrecy and cruelty. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 2, 2006

"Revealing history that renders the struggles on the Eastern Front in telling detail and with searching moral scrutiny."
Glorified by Soviet myth-makers as simple, heroic "Ivan," the common soldier in the Red Army in fact grappled with despair and his own government as well as the Nazis. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 2001

"Written with consummate skill and enormous compassion."
A wrenchingly poignant examination of how the Russian people have coped with a century of tragedy and loss. Read full book review >

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CATHERINE CERTITUDE by Patrick Modiano
Released: July 1, 2001

"Not for every child, and, indeed, not for every adult. It's not exactly as if Dostoyevsky had turned to writing Mother Goose rhymes, but the darkness is there—and so is the brilliance."
A beguiling children's story—well, after a fashion, anyway—by the latest winner of the Nobel Prize in literature (Suspended Sentences, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

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CATHERINE DE MEDICI by Leonie Frieda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 21, 2005

"Persuasive rehabilitation of Catherine, not as a nice woman, but as a shrewd leader who did what she had to."
Scholarly but lively biography of the Italian-born queen who ruled France as regent during 30 years of bitter religious warfare. Read full book review >

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PATIENCE, PRINCESS CATHERINE by Carolyn Meyer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2004

"Catherine was the mother of the queen known as Bloody Mary, and readers who know the rest of the Young Royals series will certainly be engaged by this one. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
Meyer continues her first-person series about the Tudor women, this one in the voice of Catalina, known as Catherine of Aragon, who was a young teen when she was sent from Spain in 1501 to be married to Arthur, eldest son of the King of England. Read full book review >

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CATHERINE, CALLED BIRDY by Karen Cushman
Released: April 18, 1994

"Historical note. (Fiction. 12+)"
Unwillingly keeping a journal at the behest of her brother, a monk, Birdy (daughter of a 13th-century knight) makes a terse first entry—"I am bit by fleas and plagued by family. Read full book review >

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CATHERINE THE GREAT by Robert K. Massie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Despite these lowbrow historical techniques, Massie delivers a fascinating account of dog-eat-dog politics in 18th-century Europe and the larger-than-life Russian empress who gave as good as she got."
Roughly every decade since Nicholas and Alexandra (1967), popular historian Massie (Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea, 2003, etc.) publishes a fat volume of European history for an eager readership; his latest will not disappoint. Read full book review >

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CATHERINE THE GREAT by Virginia Rounding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"A welcome study of a 'multifaceted, very eighteenth-century woman.'"
Lively biography of a much misunderstood, most gifted ruler of Russia. Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLE WITH CATHERINE by Andes Hruby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Seems to be not much of anybody home here, though actual inhabitants may not always be a requirement for the single-girl-in-the-city genre."
A poorly considered betrothal to a loathsome man falls apart in a not-particularly-interesting fashion in this debut from a child model and occasional comic. Read full book review >