Search Results: "Hugh Leonard"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1991

The Irish playwright Leonard (the Tony-winning Da; two memoirs, Home Before Night and Out After Dark) turns to fiction with a witty, glitteringly dramatic treatment of the by-now mythic love affair of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-91), the Irish leader who fired the drive for Home Rule, and English-born Kitty O'Shea. Read full book review >

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A WILD PEOPLE by Hugh Leonard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"Delightfully witty, funny, and true-to-life: Leonard's debut novel should travel better than Guinness."
A rollicking yarn, in the best J.P. Donleavy tradition, about an Irish scribbler on the make, told with wit and style by playwright Leonard (Out After Dark, 1991, etc.). 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: 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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ARCHITECTURE'S ODD COUPLE by Hugh Howard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"New light is shed on both architects in this absorbing, well-organized, delightfully told story."
An in-depth portrait of two "grand men of American architecture." 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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BLOOD ROYAL by Hugh Bicheno
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"A well-written conclusion to a history perfectly suited to scholars and students."
Bicheno (Battle Royal: The Wars of the Roses: 1440-1462, 2016) continues his work on the War of the Roses. Read full book review >