Search Results: "Catherine Temerson"


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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ORIGINS by Amin Maalouf
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2008

"A shimmering portrait of a clan molded by history and personal whim."
Expatriate Lebanese novelist Maalouf (Balthasar's Odyssey, 2002, etc.) explores the gap between family legend and family history. Read full book review >

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MADAME DE POMPADOUR by Evelyne Lever
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Artfully observed, the bawdy and political wiles—for better and worse—of Madame de Pompadour. (8 pp. color illustrations)"
Though bodices are ripped at the outset, French historian and biographer Lever (Marie Antoinette, not reviewed) settles down to offer an astute portrait of Madame de Pompadour in the court of Louis XV. Read full book review >

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MY FATHER’S RIFLE by Hiner Saleem
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Timely—and most depressing."
Well-done but dispiriting memoir of growing up in Iraq during the 1960s and '70s, when Kurdish aspirations for independence were increasingly suppressed. 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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HOSTAGE by Elie Wiesel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 24, 2012

"Nobel Peace Prize winner Wiesel continues to remind us of the brilliant possibilities of the philosophical and political novel."
Wiesel takes us on a journey through dream, memory and especially storytelling in his latest novel, which concerns Shaltiel Feigenberg, who in 1975, is captured and imprisoned for 80 hours in a basement by two captors. Read full book review >

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THE SONDERBERG CASE by Elie Wiesel
Released: Aug. 27, 2010

"A slim novel that's heavy on philosophy."
The latest from the Nobel Peace Prize-winning author of Night(1960) asks big questions about good and evil, art and reality, yet ultimately finds its narrator concluding, "Suddenly, I don't understand anything anymore. Why life? Why death?" Read full book review >

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A MAD DESIRE TO DANCE by Elie Wiesel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 2009

"Philosophy meets psychology in this profound, often poetic novel."
Interactions between a patient and his therapist elucidate the human condition in the latest from Nobel Prize winner Wiesel (The Time of the Uprooted, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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A LIFE by Florence Noiville
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"Despite an annoying fondness for rhetorical questions and barely serviceable prose, Noiville gets the story told, and Singer's is a good, dark, paradoxical one."
The life of the late, great Yiddish writer (1904-91), as analyzed by a French journalist and recalled by Singer's relatives, friends, translators, biographers, critics and literary peers. Read full book review >

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THE SECOND LIFE OF LINUS HOPPE by Anne-Laure Bondoux
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

In this leaden sequel to The Destiny of Linus Hoppe (April 15, 2005), the young Parisian rebel suffers the consequences of cheating on the compulsory test given to all teenagers in his near-future society. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 30, 2001

"An effervescent primer of the morally examined life."
An energized discussion of essential virtues for everyday living, by a young French philosopher. 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 >