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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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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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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WORLD WITHOUT END by Hugh Thomas
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A sweeping, encyclopedic history of the arrogance, ambition, and ideology that fueled the quest for empire."
A celebration of Spain's prowess and reach. Read full book review >

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SUPPOSED TO DIE by Hugh Dutton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Dutton's debut packs so many minor characters into his opening chapters that it's hard to connect to the hero, but her storytelling has grit and the sleuthing trio has nice chemistry."
Can't an innocent ex-con catch a break? Read full book review >

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THE PILGRIM by Hugh Nissenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"The author's return to historical fiction raises human questions with immediacy and flair."
Coming of age as a New England Pilgrim was a tough, bloody and sexy business. Read full book review >

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MADE IN HERO: THE WAR FOR SOAP by Betty Hugh
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Poetic. Unforgettable. And in the company of Hemingway, Wilfred Owen, Ernst Junger, Curzio Malaparte and T.E. Lawrence."
An extraordinary find. Managing to be both archetypal and contemporary, this fierce, sour tale, written with an echo of the gorgeous austerity of the ancient Greeks, ranks with the finest of war-writing. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"The star here is Kimball, who upstages even Jefferson, emerging as a towering figure in American architecture and architectural scholarship."
Interwoven stories of America's earliest architects and prodigious scholar Dr. Fiske Kimball (1888-1955), who devoted his career to discovering, restoring and preserving their work. Read full book review >

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SILENT BATTLEFIELDS by Hugh Rosen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 2005

"A complex blend of memory, cultural identity, the ties that bind us and the ghosts that haunt us."
An elegiac tale of regret from both sides of a cataclysmic war. Read full book review >