Search Results: "Claude A. Piantadosi"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"An important book by a visionary with his feet planted on the ground."
The director of Duke University's Environmental Laboratory offers an exciting evaluation of the potential for colonizing Mars by the end of the century. Read full book review >

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ADELE IN SAND LAND by Claude Ponti
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"An unconscionably tardy return for the young imagineer of the incomparable Adele's Album (1988)—welcome back! (Graphic early reader. 5-7)"
A bucket, a small shovel, and an unfettered imagination are all it takes to transform a visit to a sandbox in a crowded public park into a brilliant adventure. Read full book review >

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Johnny's Ripple by Claude Limberger
Released: March 1, 2013

"A headlong adventure about a boy who can reshape reality at will."
A boy's amazing powers stand between Earth and total destruction. Read full book review >

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THE ASSASSIN IN THE MARAIS by Claude Izner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A sturdy marriage of frothy style and abundant period detail, from obligatory tidbits about Toulouse-Lautrec and the Moulin Rouge to surprising sidelights on little-known but interesting people and events, all bolstered by appended notes."
Murder strikes too close to home for French sleuth Victor Legris. Read full book review >

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ABOU AND THE ANGEL COHEN by Claude Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2002

"Despite mildly pedantic angelic dialogues, the realistic view of Palestinian difficulties and the vision offered here of a better life are a welcome addition to the never-ending debate on the Middle East."
A curious fantasy, inspired by Leigh Hunt's famous 1834 poem, "Abou Ben Adhem," mingles metaphysics and grim reality: a gentle Arab grandfather living in Gaza is visited nightly by an angel who offers advice and consolation as the man's life is turned upside down by a tragic series of events. Read full book review >

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STRANGLED IN PARIS by Claude Izner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Though Izner's sixth (In the Shadow of Paris, 2011, etc.) rambles quite a bit, the digressions provide a delightfully frothy wide-angle portrait of colorful belle-epoque characters and settings."
A sinister society provides a point of entry for sleuthing Parisian bookseller Victor Legris to solve a baffling series of murders. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST OF SHANGHAI by Claude Guillot
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The story has promise, not least for its fine artwork that provides a glimpse into daily life, but the delivery is so stilted, its effectiveness is cut by half. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Using clunky declarative sentences, Guillot tries to convey a sense of life in modern China, mediated through its history, with this story of a young girl, Li, and her encounter with a pre-Mao ghost. Read full book review >

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IN THE SHADOWS OF PARIS by Claude Izner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Psudonymous Izner's fifth Legris whodunit (The Assassin in the Marais, 2011, etc.) bubbles charmingly along courtesy of lively banter and larger-than-life Parisian characters."
The murder of a friend propels a Parisian bookseller once more out of his store and into the streets to investigate. Read full book review >

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MURDER ON THE EIFFEL TOWER by Claude Izner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 2, 2008

"In this series kickoff from Izner (pseudonym for a pair of collaborating sisters), the energetic curiosity of the hero dovetails nicely with readers' interest in a fascinating era. The colorful supporting cast lays a solid foundation for Victor's further exploits."
The excitement of the 1889 World Exposition is muted, then intensified, by murder. Read full book review >

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THE MAN WHO LIT THE STARS by Claude Clément
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"The message seems a little insistent, especially after three books; still, this is the best so far, and the image is compellingly presented, especially in the illustrations. (Picture book. 5-9)"
From the author of The Painter and the Wild Swans (1986) and The Voice of the Wood (1989), a third fable about creativity and the imagination, less complex but equally dominated by symbols. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2012

"'I am neither indifferent to, nor weary of, this world; had I a hundred lives, I know I would not tire of it,' he writes. Intelligent readers will find it hard to argue."
Love and death go hand in hand in the life of journalist and filmmaker Lanzmann, who at 84 delivers his first book (originally published in France in 2009): a beautifully written memoir driven by both the writer's passion for living and his memories of lost friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TROLLEY by Claude Simon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"Proust himself seldom did it better. A small but substantial masterpiece from one of the world's greatest living writers."
The 1985 Nobelist joins Doris Lessing and Hortense Calisher in demonstrating, in this year of wonders, that old age need not inhibit creative power. Read full book review >