Search Results: "Henry Hitchings"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

"Learned, wise and educative, though a bit weighty for the average nightstand."
Hitchings, who wrote earlier about Samuel Johnson's dictionary (Defining the World, 2005), again displays his astonishing knowledge of the English language's myriad roots. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 2005

"A first-rate synthesis of one of literary history's most astonishing endeavors."
A spirited, learned account of how Samuel Johnson (1709-84), son of a bookseller and sheriff, created the first great English dictionary. Read full book review >

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SORRY! by Henry Hitchings
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"John Cleese's observation that the English are the only people on Earth with clenched hair is more economical, but Hitchings' book, if sometimes overgeneralized, is still a pleasure to read."
He might have been a Roosian, a French, or Turk, or Proosian, or perhaps Itali-an: Gilbert and Sullivan aside, the subject of Hitchings' (The Language Wars: A History of Proper English, 2011) latest is the beleaguered, class-obsessed Anglo-Saxon and the very notion of "Englishness." Read full book review >

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THE LANGUAGE WARS by Henry Hitchings
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"The Miss Grundy grammarians in the crowd may not always like Hitchings' line of argument, which some will find shockingly permissive because realistic. But word lovers will."
Caring about the propriety and properness of language is so gay. Read full book review >

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HENRY-HENRY, SHADOWS & LIGHT by Steven Stosny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2016

"The lead's dual personality gives readers two absorbing characters, regardless of who can or can't see them."
Psychotherapist Stosny's (Soar Above, 2016, etc.) first foray into fiction is a dark thriller following a man who, despite an iffy grasp on reality, hunts sex traffickers. Read full book review >

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HENRY FORD by Vincent Curcio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2013

"An evenhanded study by an author determined to cover all the bases."
A nuts-and-bolts biography of the great American visionary portrays a character of enormous contrasts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUST HENRY by Michelle Magorian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Clearly drawn heroes and villains, a wildly engaging cast of young people and older ones and all sorts of fascinating bits about movies, cameras, music and life in postwar England all make up this sparkling tale. (Historical fiction. 10-15)"
Henry lives with his mother, stepfather, Gran and little sister. Read full book review >

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JOHN HENRY by Julius Lester
adapted by Julius Lester, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Amen. (Folklore/Picture book. All ages)"
Onto the page bounds the colossus John Henry, man of legend, man of myth (though the preface keeps things off balance on that point). Read full book review >

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HENRY CLAY by Robert V. Remini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"A fine, absorbing biography that does justice to its great subject. (Photos—not seen.)"
From Remini (History/Chicago; The Life of Andrew Jackson, 1988, etc.)—a definitive, magisterial biography of the great statesman who dominated the public life of the early American republic but who could never attain its highest office. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HENRY HUGGINS by Louis Darling
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 20, 1950

"A collection of light, gay episodes, sure to please."
Enchanting small-boy adventures — a grammar school Odyssey. Read full book review >

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HENRY HUNTER AND THE CURSED PIRATES by John Matthews
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"There's nothing exceptional here, but the otherworldly elements and headlong pacing will sweep readers along. (Fantasy/mystery. 10-12)"
In a second brush with the supernatural (following Henry Hunter and the Beast of Snagov, 2016), brainy young sleuth Henry and his faithful chronicler, Adolphus, are kidnapped by undead pirates. Yo ho ho! Read full book review >

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HENRY & LEO by Pamela Zagarenski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Invite young readers to talk about this visual feast for the imagination, and something magical may happen. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The bond between a child and a beloved stuffed lion is put to the test. Read full book review >