Search Results: "France Brassard"


BOOK REVIEW

CURTAIN UP! by Dirk McLean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"The Kids' Book of Acting and Stagecraft (2002) or Thomas Schumacher and Jeff Kurtti's How Does the Show Go On (2007). (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a generic but encouraging way, McLean and Brassard take an aspiring (fictional) child actor named Amaya through typical stages from early auditions and rehearsals for a plainly low-budget professional stage production to Opening Night and subsequent rave reviews. Read full book review >

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SOMETIMES WE WERE BRAVE by Pat Brisson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Earnest and effective. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan drag on, more families will face the difficult separation that comes with military service. Read full book review >

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LILY AND THE MIXED-UP LETTERS by Deborah Hodge
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2007

"But ultimately, Hodge's text is missing the depth and feeling of Patricia Polacco's Thank You, Mr. Falker (1998). (Picture book. 6-8)"
A rather shallow treatment of reading difficulties is the focus of Hodge's second work of fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRANCE by Jonathan Fenby
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A capable history sure to appeal to all lovers of France."
Fenby (Will China Dominate the 21st Century?, 2014, etc.) investigates France's attempts to live up to her revolutionary ideals and how she has become a prisoner of her history and its narratives. Read full book review >

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PARIS FRANCE by Gertrude Stein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 2013

"A unique, romantic memoir and a perfect introduction to a unique American voice."
A contrarian expatriate's impressionistic rendering of her adopted country, just before the ax fell. Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN OF FRANCE by Tim Wadham
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Illustrated in creamy, pink-hued watercolors that lend a glow to Rose's cheery home, this sweet tale demonstrates that, with the right attitude and outfit, imagination reigns supreme. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Rose awakens one morning in a majestic mood. Read full book review >

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DAUGHTER OF FRANCE by Liz Forrest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2008

"An absolute must-read for fans of French history and intrigue."
Exquisitely crafted rags-to-riches tale set in pre-Revolutionary France, encompassing the historical Affair of the Diamond Necklace. Read full book review >

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PORTRAITS OF FRANCE by Robert Daley
NON-FICTION
Released: July 14, 1991

"An engaging story of a man's love affair with a country, and a congenial portrait of one writer's life."
Personal reminiscences of an aspiring American writer's life in France, mixed in with a vigorous dose of French history, by the author of A Faint Cold Fear, Year of the Dragon, etc.—a treat for Francophiles and Daley fans alike. Read full book review >

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A HERO OF FRANCE by Alan Furst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"This daydream of life under the Occupation is something rare: a suspense novel that offers the pleasures of relaxation."
A Resistance leader in Nazi-occupied France attempts to keep his lines of escape open in this lyrical spy novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2003

"Should spark discussion among WWII historians and great interest among military-history buffs."
Superb, highly accessible revisionist study of Germany's swift defeat of France in 1940 and its wide-ranging implications, then and now. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ORDERS FROM FRANCE by Roger G. Kennedy
Released: May 30, 1989

Kennedy, director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and author of Architecture, Men, Women, and Money in America (1986), analyzes the myriad connections between France and America in the several decades after those countries' revolutions. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE IN FRANCE by Gully Wells
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 2011

"Too much teenage angst and not enough of the vibrant intellectual society that Wells illuminates in many of the chapters."
Memoir of the author's mother and stepfather and the luminous social and intellectual circles in which they moved. Read full book review >