Search Results: "Hugh Aplin"


BOOK REVIEW

THE STORY OF A NOBODY by Anton Chekhov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2003

"A compact symphony of frustrated emotions, incompatibility and estrangement, destroyed dreams and bitter compromises: the very essence of Chekhov."
In this affecting (1892-93) novella, which shares many of the structural and tonal qualities of its author's later plays, an aging and ailing terrorist (the story's narrator) finds employment as a servant in a household promising access to the enemy he plans to assassinate: the "famous statesman" who is his employer Orlov's elderly father. Read full book review >

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RED HUGH by Deborah Lisson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"It's an adventuresome tale, but the author uses it to promote an ugly agenda. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Limey-haters worldwide will crow at this history-based tale of Irish defiance during the reign of that "howling old hag," that "harridan," that "old red hag of a queen," Elizabeth I. Kidnapped by deceitful British, young Hugh spends four long years as a prisoner in Dublin Castle, hearing news of one atrocity after another, beaten and scorned but triumphing in every verbal encounter with his prejudiced, stupid captors, all of whom dress in ridiculous clothes and practice a colorless, denatured religion. Read full book review >

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HUGH CAN DO by Jennifer Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"An attractive book that will be fun to share aloud. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In an original tale with a folkloric lilt, a persistent orphan in need of a toll for the bridge to what he hopes will be good fortune goes on an ``Old Woman and Her Pig''-style quest: the Toll Man requests a loaf of bread; the baker asks Hugh to get his grain ground; the miller needs his apron mended; and so forth. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"Good storytelling matched with appropriate historical skepticism—a useful model for examining other 10-gallon yarns of westward expansion."
An inadvertent American archetype comes in for thoughtful consideration in the hands of Coleman (History/Notre Dame Univ.; Vicious: Wolves and Men in America, 2004). Read full book review >

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WILLY AND HUGH by Anthony Browne
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A treat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The appealing Willy the Wimp (1984) is back, still a left- out little chimp in a world of sturdy gorillas—at least until he literally runs into huge Hugh. Read full book review >

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MACHINE LEARNING by Hugh Howey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A thoroughly engaging collection with a dark sense of humor but its finger always on the pulse of genuine human concerns."
Twenty-one new and previously published stories are gathered loosely by subgenre in this collection from sci-fi author Howey (Sand, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >

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CALIPHATE by Hugh Kennedy
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Enlisting significant Arab-language scholarship, Kennedy provides a carefully calibrated, timely chronicle for nonacademic readers."
A mostly nonpolemical survey of the history of caliphates since the death of Muhammad in 632. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 2015

"A thoughtful examination of the state of behavioral economics as well as a defense of human rationality."
A concise, scholarly account of the rise of behavioral economics and its theoretical advantages. Read full book review >

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THE FIRE OF LOVE by Hugh Greene
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 25, 2014

"This fast-paced murder mystery is a well-executed blend of police procedural and amateur sleuthing."
The second in a series of mystery novels set in 1990s England. Read full book review >

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THE DARKENING SKY by Hugh Greene
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 20, 2014

"A chilling killer, intriguing though thin characters, and a dash of action make for a haunting novel."
A mystery thriller set in 1992 England. Read full book review >

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NOVEMBER 22, 1963 by Hugh Aynesworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A solid tale of a momentous event—for those who need another or want to pick up a few unknown nuggets from a man who was there."
An eyewitness rehash of the John F. Kennedy assassination. Read full book review >