Search Results: "Christian Brechneff"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 2013

"Brechneff leavens his account of adventure, simple pleasures and hard work in a magical landscape with interludes from his life in Europe and America. Yet, happily, the author seldom strays far from his beloved island refuge, even when its enduring entreaty begins to wane."
Artist and author Brechneff (Homage: Encounters with the East, 2007) chronicles his 30-year courtship with the Aegean isle of Sifnos, recalling his passages of self-discovery, development as a painter and ambivalence over his island identity. Read full book review >

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THE ROCHEFORTS by Christian Laborie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Marred only by stiff dialogue, Laborie's debut impresses with a sweeping saga full of historical detail and familial melodrama."
From the rise of industrialism through the bitter dregs of World War II, a ruthless patriarch strives to restore his family to social and economic eminence. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 8, 2011

"Mainly for computer-savvy readers."
A heady exploration of the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and human nature. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"A solid and, yes, concise look at the railroad's past, with a rousing call at the end for a new and improved rail system to carry the nation forward."
Popular historian Wolmar (Engines of War: How Wars Were Won & Lost on the Railways, 2010) charts the sometimes haphazard, sometimes avaricious, sometimes puzzling history of America's railroads. Read full book review >

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THE ICE BENEATH YOU by Christian Bauman
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A fresh, straightforward debut that strikes just the right balance between action and recollection."
A well-done land-and-waterborne version of Black Hawk Down, this about a young soldier's experience of the mission to Somalia and his painful readjustment to civilian life afterwards. Read full book review >

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KAR KALIM by Deborah Christian
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Set forth with precision and clarity, and pleasingly detailed, but predictable and one-dimensional: worth a try for fans of Christian's fine debut."
Fantasy venture from the author of Mainline (1996). Read full book review >

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THE SOFT CAGE by Christian Parenti
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2003

"Gives you a good stiff shake."
Forget about the right of privacy and the Fourth Amendment. So writes activist scholar Parenti (Lockdown America, not reviewed) in this informative account of governmental and corporate surveillance in America. Read full book review >

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BOSNIA'S MILLION BONES by Christian Jennings
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"An inspirational but disturbing story of science as counterweight to evil—not for the squeamish."
Precisely rendered, grueling account of how the 1995 Srebrenica massacre propelled a scientific revolution in missing persons identification. Read full book review >

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A PLACE FOR YOU by Mike Christian
Released: June 6, 2012

"An uneven portrait of difficult love."
Caleb, a fictional Coast Guardsman, falls in love with Caribé, a Dominican woman he rescues, and they attempt to relocate during her illegal escape from the Dominican Republic. Read full book review >

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MY BRIGHT ABYSS by Christian Wiman
Released: April 2, 2013

"At times poignant and focused, at other times vague and meandering, Wiman's grasp of the written word carries this unconventional faith memoir."
A poet approaches the Almighty with halting steps. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2016

"Thielemann's revelations about the complexities of conducting are likely to enhance any music lover's listening experiences."
A renowned conductor shares insights into the powerful works of Richard Wagner (1813-1883). Read full book review >

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DATACLYSM by Christian Rudder
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Demographers, entrepreneurs, students of history and sociology, and ordinary citizens alike will find plenty of provocations and, yes, much data in Rudder's well-argued, revealing pages."
Are you a racist? Plainer-looking than you might wish? Inclined to vote left? Big data knows—and it's talking. Read full book review >