Search Results: "Hugh Alpin"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SQUABBLE by Nikolai Gogol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

The great gifts for farcical detail and satiric characterization that distinguish such later masterpieces as Dead Souls and "The Government Inspector" are amply displayed in these three earlier stories, set in Gogol's native Ukraine (a.k.a. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"A delightfully personal, skeptical, and ebullient journey, with just the right degree of humor necessary for hard travel to distant places. (45 b&w photographs)"
Documentarian Thomson's travels to the center of the Incan landscape are intelligently enthusiastic though with a taste also of the just knocking about. Read full book review >

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Released: July 1, 1995

"The Varga Girl is now a photograph, and old Esky seems to be celibate, but the elderly rascal in his day provided good reading and mindless ribaldry; and he had an attitude. (b&w illustrations)"
Journalist Merrill (The Blues Route, 1990) records the early days of erstwhile publishing phenom Esquire magazine. Read full book review >

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16 BANANAS by Hugh Gross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"Thin and lackluster."
From the author of Same Bed, Different Dreams (1991), a tale of the Hollywood misadventures of a screenwriting upstart: in the tradition of—but hardly on a par with—Michael Tolkin's The Player (1988) and Peter Lefcourt's The Deal (1991). Read full book review >

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OUT AFTER DARK by Hugh Leonard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 1991

"Powerful, funny, and moving: an effortless series of incidents full of droll wisdom."
Strong, original, wrenching account of growing up out of wedlock in a small Irish town, by memoirist (Home Before Night, 1980) and playwright (Da) Leonard. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 2, 1998

"Nondenominational seekers of the spiritual depths will do better with the grandfather work of this genre, Aldous Huxley's The Perennial Philosophy. (First printing of 40,000)"
Another attempt in the self-help genre to reduce the spiritual life to a few simple precepts and to eliminate from it all deep paradox, doubt, and question. Read full book review >

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WINDY CITY by Hugh Holton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Warts and all, a bravura performance."
An unhinged pair of serial murderers surface early in Holton's second outing (Presumed Dead, 1994): Chicago's Neil DeWitt and wife Margo, socialite millionaires, who share a well-hidden blood lusthis for nubile young women, hers for black boy children. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 26, 2005

"'Al-Jazeera,' Miles concludes, 'is probably less biased than any of the mainstream American news networks.' All to his credit, he makes a strong case."
From an award-winning young journalist, a revealing account of the rise of the network the Bush administration, Fox News, and London tabloids love to hate. Read full book review >

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THE PRIVATE PASSIONS OF BONNIE PRINCE CHARLIE by Hugh Douglas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"A stirring story of a lost but heroic cause."
A full-dress revisiting of a romantic figure from Scottish history. Read full book review >

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HOMUNCULUS by Hugh Paxton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2007

"Superimposing your own monsters on a barbaric war doesn't work."
Fearsome robots compound the misery of Sierra Leone's civil war, in an over-the-top first novel from British journalist Paxton that lurches through various genres. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 2004

"A nuanced and much-needed survey of a critically important episode in world history."
A sterling account of Spain's creation of a vast empire, one that "lasted more than three hundred years, more than the British, the French, the Dutch, or the Russian equivalents." Read full book review >