Search Results: "Charlotte Mandell"


BOOK REVIEW

STREET OF THIEVES by Mathias Énard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Énard writes passionately about Lakhdar's movement from innocence to experience, and the novel's various settings all ring depressingly true."
A coming-of-age story that plays out across a contemporary landscape of the Arab Spring and other social uprisings. Read full book review >

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NOTHING SERIOUS by Justine Lévy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Lévy's prose is luminous—much credit should go to her excellent translator—and the novel is a marvel of construction."
A sensation in France last year, this novel from Lévy (Rendezvous, 1997) manages the impossible, combining the plot of a made-for-tv-movie with language worthy of a feminist philosopher-poet. Read full book review >

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THE KINDLY ONES by Jonathan Littell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2009

"The closing is a tour de force. But so is the entire book—very long, but with not a wasted word."
A vast fictional exploration of banal, everyday evil, as related by a Nazi officer. Read full book review >

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JEAN COCTEAU by Claude Arnaud
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Arnaud's biography provides a useful corrective and will inspire renewed interest in Cocteau's work."
The first substantial life of the French surrealist writer and artist to appear in English since 1970. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COMPASS by Mathias Énard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"Lyrical and intellectually rich without ever being ponderous, reminiscent at turns of Mann's Death in Venice and Bowles' Sheltering Sky."
The winner of France's 2015 Prix Goncourt: a fever-dream meditation on East and West and on a lost love that binds the two worlds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FACING THE TORTURER by François Bizot
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 26, 2012

"Best for those already familiar with The Gate, but also a good choice for readers who enjoy philosophical arguments about the dichotomy between good and evil."
An honest exploration of what it means to share moments of humanity with a man most people would consider inhuman. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALTRUISM by Matthieu Ricard
NON-FICTION
Released: June 2, 2015

"Inspirational in all the right ways but a challenge to get through it all."
An overlong but vigorous gloss on the Dalai Lama's famous remark, "My religion is kindness." Read full book review >

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BOOK REVIEW

NIBBLES by Charlotte Middleton
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"Published as Christopher Nibble in the United Kingdom in 2009, this should please readers on this side of the Atlantic as well. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Like all the other guinea pigs in Dandeville, Nibbles loves dandelion leaves, eating them for every meal until they've nearly disappeared—there's only one left! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TO THE ISLAND by Charlotte Agell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Vivid yellows and intense turquoise blues convey the beauty of an island retreat, and the peaceful trip home at day's end. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An adventurous quartet embarks upon a sailing expedition to an island oasis for a day of fun. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAMANTHASAURUS REX by B.B. Mandell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Skip this one, and choose instead something featuring both a strong, resourceful girl and a story worthy of her. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A plucky dinosaur uses her brains and creativity to save her family from a fiery volcano. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Short on story logic, but long on imaginative casting and world-building, this debut will leave readers thoughtful about its parallels in our own world, and eager to meet these magic-working characters again. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Long marginalized by colonizing Muggles—er, Normals—the variously gifted Karmidee face a threat to their very existence in this series opener. Read full book review >