Search Results: "François Bizot"


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THE GATE by François Bizot
NON-FICTION
Released: March 11, 2003

"Heartbreaking and terrifying: a superb account of the madness of war, and of a people's wholesale self-destruction."
Breathtaking memoir by a young French scholar who twice managed to escape from the clutches of the Khmer Rouge as the Cambodian genocide was unfolding. Read full book review >

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FACING THE TORTURER by François Bizot
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 26, 2012

"Best for those already familiar with The Gate, but also a good choice for readers who enjoy philosophical arguments about the dichotomy between good and evil."
An honest exploration of what it means to share moments of humanity with a man most people would consider inhuman. Read full book review >

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NEVER CATCH A COLD by André François
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2012

"A bit of Gallic foolery, just in time for cold season. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A small, witty portrait gallery of colds, originally composed in French for a pharmaceutical company's ad campaign. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 1994

"But it does reveal a complete and satisfying picture of a complex age of transition for Western Europe."
Duchàne, Monnet's aide and a correspondent for The Economist, here sets out to chart the remarkable, if somewhat obscure, life of the architect of the European Community and also—a lesser-known fact—of America's wartime munitions effort. Read full book review >

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NORWAY 1940 by François Kersaudy
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"An ironic, biting account of an episode as deplorable for its deceit as for its incompetence. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
A lively look at one of the sideshows of WW II—the Nazi invasion of Norway as Britain stood by—from Kersaudy (History/Sorbonne and Oxford). Read full book review >

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HECTOR AND THE SECRETS OF LOVE by François Lelord
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2011

"Told in a wry, ironic, self-deprecating voice that sometimes addresses the reader, Lelord's second novel (Hector and the Search for Happiness, 2010) should intrigue readers of his first."
To analyze love is to find there is no there there. So it seems to Dr. Hector, a French psychiatrist wearied by the daily litanies of floundering romance. Read full book review >

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OF FLIES, MICE, AND MEN by François Jacob
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 1999

"If the likes of Jacob remain, there's hope."
A writer of style and substance narrates the transforming events of recent biology in seven inspired essays, neatly translated by Weiss. Read full book review >

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Gardeners by Véronique Bizot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2017

"Well regarded in France, her native country, Bizot's first appearance in this language is a gift to English-speaking readers."
A slim collection of stories by turns witty, mysterious, and absurd. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 14, 2014

"A bright, absorbing account of a short period in history that still resounds today."
Furstenberg (History/Johns Hopkins Univ.; In the Name of the Father: Washington's Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation, 2007) expands the historical outlook of the 18th century's great upheavals and shows the global effects of the Enlightenment. Read full book review >

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FAMILY TREES by François Weil
Released: April 30, 2013

"Weil convincingly delineates the fact that origins matter; they fill many needs, from the noble to the nasty."
A genealogy of American genealogy. Read full book review >

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THE GEESE MARCH IN STEP by Jean-François Dumont
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"A jazzy, eye-catching take on the ancient beat of the distant drummer. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Zita, an innocently precocious gosling, can't find common ground with the tradition of marching in step down to the pond in the morning. Read full book review >