Search Results: "Francis J. Bremer"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"A knowledgeable appraisal of an overlooked but important figure in our colonial history."
A specialist in Puritan New England submits a biography of the clergyman who founded New Haven. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2003

"Still, despite some stylistic flaws, this scholarly makeover adds considerable color to Winthrop's wan cheeks. (15 halftones, 4 maps, not seen)"
Richly researched life of the Massachusetts Bay Colony's first governor, arguing that the Puritan leader was more moderate than history has conveyed. Read full book review >

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J by Howard Jacobson
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A pleasure, as reading Jacobson always is—though much different from what we've come to expect, which is not at all a bad thing."
Jacobson (The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.), Britain's answer to Philip Roth, returns with an enigmatic tale of the near future.Read full book review >

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FRANCIS DRAKE by John Cummins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 1996

"A scholarly but basically laudatory picture, nicely timed for the fourth centenary of Drake's death next year."
A graphic account of the man who, among other swashbuckling exploits, was the first to sail around the world and was largely responsible for saving England from invasion by the Spanish Armada. Read full book review >

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JEMIMA J by Jane Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2000

"Slightly unpredictable story development saves this from exactly duplicating the vast mound of similar feel-good modern fairy tales for women, but it lives in the same neighborhood."
An overweight woman turns from ugly duckling to swan in British novelist Green's American debut: a tale that offers plenty of engaging plot twists but not much substance. Read full book review >

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J. EDEN by Kit Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 1996

"Terrific takes on time's rush, with a touch of that personal enlightenment offered to a certain generation of moviegoers by The Big Chill—but less glib."
Reedian thoughts about life, marriage, middle age, and children when three couples, their kids, and a close friend spend the summer lumped together in a New England farmhouse. Read full book review >

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FRANCIS BACON by Michael Peppiatt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"Peppiatt stalks and bags elusive prey: a better understanding of a disturbing body of work created by a man who lived inscrutably, in purposeful chaos. (illustrations, not seen)"
In his time, the late Francis Bacon was regarded both as England's ``most important living painter'' and as a ``cheap sensationalist.'' This excellent biography reveals a dramatic self- mythologizer who painted brilliantly enough to realize his self- cast, epic-tragic role. Read full book review >

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DR. J by Karl Taro Greenfeld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A good enough treatment of the phenomenon called 'Dr. J' and an especially thoughtful account of the man, Julius Erving."
The NBA's most transformative player submits an unusually revealing autobiography. Read full book review >

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J. P. by John Mooers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2013

"A history buff's guilty pleasure, offering a behind-the-scenes peek into the world of a man whose impact on society lasts to this day."
A historical novel that paints an intimate portrait of J.P. Morgan, U.S. banker, financier and philanthropist. Read full book review >

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GENERATION J by Lisa Schiffman
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Schiffman's challenge will be to sustain her winsome, ironical tone as (and if) she enters more deeply into Jewish community. (Author tour)"
With a blessedly light touch, Schiffman, formerly an editor with the San Francisco Review of Books and until recently a nonobservant Jew, relates her beginner's quest for a Judaism she can genuinely practice and believe. Read full book review >

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SAINT FRANCIS by Brian Wildsmith
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"But the gilt-edged, stained- glass beauty of the pages is oddly out of keeping with the saint who called himself il poverello; the warm, down-to-earth humanity of Lewin's paintings suits his story better. (Picture book. 6+)"
An estimable work with two formidable competitors: Tomie dePaola's Francis: The Poor Man of Assisi (1982) and Margaret Hodges's Brother Francis and the Friendly Beasts (1991), illustrated by Ted Lewin. ``The Canticle of Brother Sun'' opens the book, and a recapitulation of the facts of Francis's life, with dates, closes it. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2008

"Earley reminds us that Tretyakov is no objective observer—he leans over backward to say nasty things about Russia while flattering America and himself. Keeping this in mind, readers will encounter plenty of juicy details about Russian intelligence, which still considers America the enemy."
More outrageous espionage scandal, but this time the CIA and FBI look good. Read full book review >