Search Results: "Christoph Irmscher"


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LOUIS AGASSIZ by Christoph Irmscher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Irmscher makes a convincing case that this egotistical, often wrongheaded figure deserves his reputation as a founder and first great popularizer of American science."
A thoroughly satisfying biography of the almost but not quite forgotten Swiss-born Louis Agassiz (1807-1873), who moved to the United States in 1846 to become a combination of educator, media star and beloved science guru. Read full book review >

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MAX EASTMAN by Christoph Irmscher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2017

"A well-documented examination of a once-prominent radical."
An intimate portrait of a noted public intellectual. Read full book review >

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JOHN JAMES AUDUBON by John James Audubon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

As recently as a hundred years ago, in a more assured age than this, the enduring importance of a literary career could be measured by whether an edition of an author's collected works was issued. Bound in calfskin for the wealthy bibliophile, in a more modest cloth of some subdued hue for the less well-to-do, these sets made several statements about an age. They suggested that readers could most appreciate writers by knowing the entirety of their work and not simply one or two particularly flashy efforts. And those ranks of volumes, filling the shelves of home libraries, further showed that it was possible for individuals to possess much of the best work by the best minds. Read full book review >

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THE POTATO KING by Christoph Niemann
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2015

"Witty and provocative, the tale provides food for thought in behavior management and governance as well as a great story. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
This German import recounts the intriguing legend surrounding Frederick the Great's potato legislation. Read full book review >

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WORDS by Christoph Niemann
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Combining graphic wit and wordplay, Niemann delivers a joyful package. (index, parts of speech) (Picture book. 5 & up)"
The cartoonist and picture-book illustrator offers a chunky book of some 330 or so words, one per page, each illustrated by a cartoon. Read full book review >

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THAT'S HOW! by Christoph Niemann
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"A nifty concept doesn't quite make it in execution. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Bold, brightly colored graphics, big, brushed letters and patent silliness catch the eye but perhaps not the imagination. Read full book review >

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SUBWAY by Christoph Niemann
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"That the meter occasionally strains is the only false step on this fresh, striking subway tour. (Picture book. 3-5)"
"It's cold and wet. What can be done? / A trip on the subway, just for fun!" Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Good book! (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
After her father banishes her beloved pet dragon to a cage for breaking a vase, it disappears and young Lin must set out across the Chinese landscape in pursuit. Read full book review >

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THE POLICE CLOUD by Christoph Niemann
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2007

"Appealing in its simplicity and whimsy, this is a boffo addition to community-helper and weather-related storytimes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Following in the footsteps of New Yorker colleagues Ian Falconer and Maira Kalman (the latter is depicted on the back dust jacket with an endorsement), magazine illustrator Niemann successfully turns his attention to the picture storybook. Read full book review >

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WILLENBROCK by Christoph Hein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"Interesting glimpse of daily life behind the ruins of the Iron Curtain, though a bit ponderous and overheated in the end."
A law-abiding Berliner is pushed over the edge by the Russian punks who have taken over his town in this German Dirty Harry by Hein (The Tango Player, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE DOG KING by Christoph Ransmayr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 1997

"Not the masterpiece it obviously aims to be, but a fascinating and provocative fiction nevertheless."
A complex and frequently portentous novel about the lingering aftermath of the Holocaust, from German author Ransmayr (The Terrors of Ice and Darkness, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE DISTANT LOVER by Christoph Hein
Released: April 19, 1989

East German Hein's first novel to appear in English—about an affair between a woman who carefully controls her life and a married man addicted to danger—is yet another (albeit successful) exploration of modern existential angst. Read full book review >