Search Results: "E.T.A. Hoffman"


BOOK REVIEW

THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING by E.T.A. Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Though the pictures are lovely to look at, this version is really too long for most children and thus will be appropriate only for large collections needing an illustrated edition of the original story. (foreword) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Hoffman's original 1816 story serves as the text for this version, and readers familiar with the tale through the ballet will find some aspects of the plot are different. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABBIE HOFFMAN by Marty Jezer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Hoffman—and a whole doomed, inspired era—emerges vividly in this cleareyed, richly detailed work. (Photographs—24 pages b&w- -not seen.)"
A thoughtful, solidly researched biography of the wildly creative and iconoclastic yippie, portraying Hoffman as a fresh force in American political culture—and as a man ultimately sabotaged by bipolar disorder (manic-depression), which drove him to extremes and probably led to his suicide. Read full book review >

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MY FIRST NUTCRACKER by E.T.A. Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2007

"The spreads illustrating the Land of Sweets shift into brighter shades, with swirling accents that effectively indicate the dancers in motion. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In an introductory note to adult readers, Peters describes the evolution of the story and later ballet that have developed into an annual holiday tradition for most American ballet companies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NUTCRACKER by E.T.A. Hoffman
by E.T.A. Hoffman, adapted by John Cech, illustrated by Eric Puybaret
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Shorter and more cheerful versions of the story are more appropriate for the season and for today's young readers. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Cech's adaptation of the holiday classic is based on Hoffman's original rather than on the later ballet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady G. Stefani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Chock-full of sharp tonal contrasts, this tale should appeal to readers with a hunger for alien adventure and an understanding of how it feels to be considered crazy."
A debut novel fuses a serious issue—the stigma of mental illness—with sci-fi to chronicle a girl's unusual coming-of-age. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A sweet if ephemeral treat. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Two favorite Christmas stories are joined together in an unusually thick volume with sturdy, coated paper and a reinforced binding. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

E.T.A. <i>HOFFMANN'S THE NUTCRACKER</i> by Jack Wang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A sweet stocking stuffer. (Board book. 2-4)"
The holiday favorite gets the Cozy Classics treatment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NUTCRACKER by E.T.A. Hoffmann
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 28, 1996

"A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)"
This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NUTCRACKER by E.T.A. Hoffmann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Unfortunately, there is no credit given for either the introduction or the retelling itself. (Picture book/folktale. 7-10)"
According to the introduction, the beloved Yuletide ballet that we see was based on a gentler version of the tale by Alexandre Dumas père. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVE & FURY by Richard Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2014

"Hoffman writes of his father that 'he was more comfortable with his many contradictions than I am with mine,' in a book in which readers are also likely to find more contradictions than comfort."
A professor's literary-minded meditations on fatherhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOLLOW ME HOME by William Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Well-crafted, but oh so familiar."
``I coulda married Joe Morgan, who owns three Tastee Freezes,'' a wife tells her husband—not unkindly—in Hoffman's third collection (after By Land, By Sea, 1988). Read full book review >

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EVERY MAN A MENACE by Patrick Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"With its hard-boiled shenanigans and soft-minded crooks, Hoffman's follow-up to The White Van (2014) is another strong and original addition to the crime fiction genre."
How many drug dealers, dirty cops, lowlifes, and hapless victims does it take to screw up a $50 million shipment of the drug Ecstasy? When the assorted players are as desperate or dumb as the cast of this bleakly amusing, noir-saturated saga, even more than you might think. Read full book review >