Search Results: "Dante Chinni"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The authors may not provide the answers, but they help formulate the right questions about a diverse and divided nation."
Political journalist Chinni and political geographer Gimpel (Government/Univ. of Maryland; Separate Destinations: Migration, Immigration, and the Politics of Places, 1999, etc.) move beyond the simplistic Red State/Blue State dichotomy to examine the often stark and troubling differences among Americans. Read full book review >

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READING DANTE by Prue Shaw
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"Read this book to discover Dante the man, the pilgrim and the poet. Then go read his greatest poem. He's well-worth the exploration, and Shaw is a Virgil-like guide."
Dante expert Shaw (Emeritus, Italian Studies/Univ. Coll. London; editor: Dante: Monarchy, 1996) explains The Divine Comedy so easily and simply, she eliminates all trepidation in anyone daunted by his masterpiece, "the greatest poem of the Middle Ages and perhaps the greatest single work of Western literature." Read full book review >

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THE DANTE CLUB by Matthew Pearl
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 11, 2003

"Great fun figuring out whodunit and why: a devil of a time."
Ingenious use of details and motifs from the Divine Comedy, and a lively picture of the literary culture of post-bellum New England, distinguish this juicy debut historical mystery. Read full book review >

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DANTE IN LOVE by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Despite the occasional awkward metaphor—e.g., Dante's 'reworking of his own story is pregnant with dogs in the night-time who do not bark'—Wilson writes with crisp, conversational fluency. He's a fine tour guide, never failing to throw light on this dark wood."
"In the middle of the journey of our life, I found myself in a dark wood, for the straight way was lost." So begins Dante's Divine Comedy; for many modern readers, this trip through the afterlife never gets any straighter. Biographer, novelist and critic Wilson (Our Times: The Age of Elizabeth II, 2008, etc.) aims to change this with his new book, intended as both an inducement and introduction to the greatest of all epic poems. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2004

"In the poem, Dante finds Love; in Rubin, a grateful lover."
A pleasant, informative journey toward perfect love with Dante (and Virgil and Beatrice) through Italy, France, hell, purgatory, and heaven. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1991

"Cerebral and literate, then, with a wacky disregard for conventional thinking and detecting."
Langton, a charter member in the charming-digressions club, here sends series sleuth Homer Kelly (Murder at the Gardner, etc.) off to tutor at the ramshackle Villa L'Ombrellino, in Florence, where the eavesdropping maid, her lover (the gardener), and a pesky student voyeur are soon dispatched; then the beautiful Julia is kidnapped, and her silently lovelorn swain, Professor Zibo, is determined to get her back. Read full book review >

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DANTE OF THE MAURY RIVER by Gigi Amateau
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"Overall, compelling and skillfully written, but in this case, less would have been more. (Fiction. 8-13)"
A thoroughbred racehorse tells his story in this middle-grade novel. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"Given Dante's own fascination with the relationship of poets to one another, this exuberantly showcases a vivacious dialogue between the living, the dead, and their Dante."
A chorus of voices unites to sing the praises of l'altissimo poeta—Dante. Read full book review >

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HOW DANTE CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE by Rod Dreher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"As a well-written chronicle of choice between the 'success' of big cities and life in the far simpler world of old traditions and deep family ties, the book is both heartwarming and frustrating—certainly more confessional memoir than guide to Dante (a fact the author readily admits)."
American Conservative senior editor Dreher (The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life, 2013) shares his search for his family's acceptance, looking for answers from his church, his therapist, and Dante's Divine Comedy.Read full book review >

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IN THE HAND OF DANTE by Nick Tosches
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2002

"Tosches would have us believe that he is Orson Welles, writing badly for dough and well for posterity. But Little, Brown promises only that it will be 'the most talked-about book of the decade.' No wonder he's pissed."
From cultural critic and occasional novelist Tosches (Where Dead Voices Gather, 2001, etc.), a personal Commedia of errors that may not be the book of the millennium he aims for. Read full book review >