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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HOME GROUND by Hugh Miller
Released: Jan. 10, 1990

Miller's third installment of the Megan Roberts story (following The District Nurse and Snow on the Wind) seems intent on proving that the ailments of people in rural Wales can be just as interesting as those of animals in Herriot's Yorkshire. Read full book review >

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AN ECHO OF JUSTICE by Hugh Miller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 25, 1991

"Miller (Home Ground, Snow on The Ground, etc.) has a nice eye for the gray area between justice and revenge, though his police officers divide too improbably into savage brutes and tenderhearted gents."
Rough justice among the British constabulary as compassionate Inspector Mike Fletcher sweats to save fugitive cop-killer Steve McMillan (what could have made this scared kid kick Sgt. Read full book review >

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SAME BED, DIFFERENT DREAMS by Hugh Gross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 1991

"Strong passages and emotional resonance indicate quality craftsmanship, but ultimately this is a jumble of good impressions rather than a coherent story."
Utilizing Gross's firsthand knowledge of the country and its way of life, but curiously detached and disjointed, this first novel offers a view of modern Japan in crisis, focusing on the decay of a middle-class Japanese family in which the parents are placed at cross purposes by social conventions and personal needs. Read full book review >

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The Goodwill Vultures Club by Hugh Willard
Released: May 15, 2013

"Amusing but perhaps spread a bit too thin."
A wounded pet vulture helps Buzz, a soon-to-be fifth-grader, connect with new human friends after the pet lights up the life of a special needs child and her family. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Vividly told, full of striking detail, and utterly fascinating."
The shift from hunting to farming is a major watershed in human history. Here, an anthropologist describes the worldview of surviving hunting cultures. Read full book review >

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Released: June 8, 2001

"Equally fascinating for its exploration of both the physical complexities of housebuilding and the theory and history that lie behind the ways homes are made."
An absorbing account of amateur builder Howard's construction of his family home. Read full book review >

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PRESUMED DEAD by Hugh Holton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1994

"A mixture of a police story, a horror tale, and a romance that only occasionally falls short of its own ambitions. (Author tour)"
A macabre thriller about the underbelly of 1997 Chicago that plays with readers' notions of identity and social respectability. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 27, 1993

"An enthusiastic report by a man in love with his subject, best read on a cold winter's night. (Twelve color, 43 b&w illustrations)"
In a lighthearted homage to a threatened way of life, an American anthropologist recalls his first year among the Saami reindeer herders of Lapland. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"A novel, ingeniously executed approach to the inspiring man whose dollar-bill likeness is arguably the most reproduced painted image in history."
Art historian Howard (Dr. Kimball and Mr. Jefferson, 2006, etc.) persuasively asserts the centrality of the first president to the first flowering of American painting. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2006

"Near-perfect treatment of a fascinating, though esoteric subject."
Swashbuckling U.K. journalist Barnes displays his more cerebral chops in a far-reaching biography of the African captive who rose to Peter the Great's inner circle. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"Worth reading, but only with your willing suspension of disbelief fully engaged."
A strange foray into the history of the Third Reich that posits skullduggery and conspiracy in the matter of the SS leader's celebrated suicide. Read full book review >