Search Results: "Christian Oster"


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A CLEANING WOMAN by Christian Oster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"If you have to read it, better open a nice French red."
Vapid and pretentious tale of obsessive love. Read full book review >

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MY BIG APARTMENT by Christian Oster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2003

"A wry farcical romance and coming-of-age tale like no other: an altogether charming entertainment."
The comically tortured thought processes of an amiable and very confused Parisian slacker are memorably explored in this 1999 winner of France's Prix Médicis: the seventh novel by a popular author who also writes pseudonymous detective stories and children's books. Read full book review >

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THE UNFORESEEN by Christian Oster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2007

"Eccentric, elusive and at times explosively funny. A lucid allegorical gem."
If Eugène Ionesco had written Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," he might have produced something very like this terse, teasing novel Read full book review >

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Released: March 27, 1989

Here, Oster, former Mexico City Bureau Chief for the Knight-Ridder newspapers, exposes Mexico's very real problems and offers unbalanced, scathing condemnations of Mexican government policies and national character. Read full book review >

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FIXIN' TO DIE by Jerry Oster
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 17, 1992

"Jenny Swale is only the first), lots of good dirty fun for all."
Inoffensive convict Elvis Polk's shooting of NYPD officer Jenny Swale in the opening paragraph here (her partner Luther Todd has to wait until the next page) sets off a dizzying plot whose leading question is: Where did handcuffed Elvis get his gun if not via a police plant in Jenny's car? 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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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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BY THE SWORD by Christian Kachel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2014

"An educational yet adventurous novel that will leave readers eagerly anticipating the next installment."
A hero comes into his own in Kachel's debut work of historical fiction. Read full book review >

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MODERN PHYSICS by Purnell Christian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"That sort of thing has a certain punch to it, but as a collection, this one—despite some fine gritty detail and several sharp portraits of the down-and-out or the merely mean—too soon punches itself out."
A first collection of 20 stories tries to make black humor out of macabre jokes, surreal grotesqueries, and the underbelly of life. 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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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 >