Search Results: "Charles Laird Calia"


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NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 2005

"Astronomy was never so much fun."
A unique—and splendid—mix of astronomy and personal journey. Read full book review >

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THE UNSPEAKABLE by Charles Laird Calia
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"However strained allegorically, Calia plays mainly to his strengths in giving both his characters personal history and depth enough to make—and keep- -them human and real."
Suppose a young priest believes he's been spoken to by God—an experience that's left him mute, but also possibly with healing powers. Read full book review >

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THE CROFTER AND THE LAIRD by John McPhee
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1970

"Original appearance in The New Yorker."
An amusing and delightful miniature concerning the Scottish island of Colonsay, seventeen square miles of dews and damp twenty-five miles off the coast. Mr. McPhee and his family, descendants after many misty generations, of a clan which had been overcome by a pack of MacDonalds on Colonsay, visited on the island and became acquainted with the 138 people living serenely thereon. Read full book review >

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SINFUL SCOTTISH LAIRD  by Julia London
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"The story is absorbing and entertaining, and the author can be forgiven for writing a compelling heroine and a rather humdrum hero."
An 18th-century widow must remarry to fulfill the terms of her late husband's will. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DARWIN by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An illuminating new biography of a legendary figure in the scientific world whose legacy continues to draw reappraisals."
The prolific novelist and biographer probes the character and controversies of Charles Darwin's life and the controversial theory that turned the world on its head. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DICKENS by Jenny Hartley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A deft, authoritative, and engaging reappraisal of the great Victorian novelist."
Restless, tireless, and prolific, Dickens "became an adjective in his own lifetime." Read full book review >

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CHARLES ADDAMS by Linda H. Davis
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A bemused and indulgent look at the artist, all in good taste."
Charles Addams, longtime New Yorker cartoonist and creator of "The Addams Family," was a gentle soul manipulated by women, according to Davis's largely anecdotal biography. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DARWIN by Janet Browne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 23, 1995

"An exciting and richly evocative portrait of one of the most important thinkers in scientific history that leaves the reader wishing the second volume were already on hand. (48 pages photos and 4 maps, not seen)"
This first volume of a definitive new Darwin biography is full of insight into both the man and his era. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 8, 1993

"Bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Darwin was an amateur who never received a thorough grounding in biology and never learned how to draw properly; for his last 40 years, he was an invalid. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Brief bibliography (standard adult works; three books for young readers; 14 of Dickens's most familiar works). (Biography/Picture book. 8+)"
The authors follow their splendid Bard of Avon (1992, ALA Notable) with an equally handsome book on the beloved novelist. Read full book review >

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CHARLES OLSON by Tom Clark
NON-FICTION
Released: April 22, 1991

"Told at a steady plod that takes Olson's ideas perhaps more seriously than warranted but that points steadily toward the writer's best work."
Life of Charles Olson (1910-70), the ego-driven poet known as Maximum, who fathered ``projective'' verse and became the grand old man of Black Mountain College. Read full book review >

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THE RESTORATION OF OTTO LAIRD by Nigel Packer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A sympathetic story unevenly told."
When an aging architect, once a genius in his field, travels back to London in an effort to save one of his 1960s apartment buildings from demolition, he's in for an overdue emotional makeover. Read full book review >