Search Results: "Irfan Master"


BOOK REVIEW

A BEAUTIFUL LIE by Irfan Master
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A provocative exploration of a historical moment that resonates today. (historical note, maps) (Historical fiction. 11 & up)"
It's a done deal—partition will soon divide India into two countries mainly along religious lines, India for Hindus and Sikhs, Pakistan for Muslims—but Bilal's dying father remains serenely confident that his beloved India will take another path and Bilal, 13, can't bear for him to die disillusioned. Read full book review >

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MASTER-PIECES by Will Lach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A visit to 'any museum with portraits' would be time better spent. (Novelty. 7-10)"
Horizontally split pages encourage young appreciators of art to mix and match facial features of 10 classic portraits. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2005

"A welcome and accessible addition to the history of science, and an object lesson in the perils of scientific amorality."
Well-told life of a little-known but important scientist. Read full book review >

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MASTER MAID by Aaron Shepard
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1997

"Ellison's finely textured watercolors are a mixture of the homely (sod roofs, shaggy goats, copper pots, cabbages, gooseberries) and the fantastic, all suffused with an old-fashioned, golden fairy-tale glow. (Picture book/folklore. 6-9)"
Shepard (The Gifts of Wali Dad, 1995, etc.) tells a familiar type of tale in which a headstrong young man blunders into the stronghold of an ogre, falls in love with the beautiful servant he finds hidden away there, and performs impossible tasks with the help of the brave and clever maiden, with whom he finally escapes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MASTER ROBERT by Robert L. Stevens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2017

"A thoughtful dramatization of the moral complexities of the War Between the States."
A Civil War-era novel about a slaveholding farmer and two of his slaves. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 10, 2015

"Based on interviews with scores of mob bosses, gang members, their wives, girlfriends, family members and lawyers, as well as with policemen and other reporters, Kurkjian believes he knows who did it. He has shared his findings with the FBI, and they come as the climax to this engrossing real-life crime story."
A reporter investigates a notorious art heist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NAPOLEON’S MASTER by David Lawday
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2007

"Swift, informed and literate—a substantial though conventional life of a legend."
A former correspondent for The Economist considers the life of Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (1754-1838), wise and circumspect adviser to kings, an emperor and even a few enemies of France. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MASTER by Colm Tóibín
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2004

"A somewhat stately novel that will appeal most to readers who admire James's subtle, stylistically rich, demanding prose. As such, it's a formidably brilliant performance."
The Irish author (The Blackwater Lightship, 2000, etc.) finds a great subject in the life and sensibility of ineffably cosmopolitan American author Henry James. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MASTER GEORGIE by Beryl Bainbridge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"An exemplary work from one of Britain's finest writers. (First printing of 50,000)"
Bainbridge's 16th novel—and the third consecutive one based on historical fact (following The Birthday Boys, 1994, and Every Man for Himself, 1996)—offers perhaps the most brilliant demonstration yet of her matchless gift for storytelling concision and subtle suggestiveness. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 1993

"Braunbehrens has done much necessary spadework—but a sharper, more graceful writer, Ö la Ernest Newman in his magisterial Gluck and the Opera, should now make us want to learn the music. (Twenty illustrations.)"
Despite the sexy title, this is no mere refutation of the Amadeus canard about poisoning Mozart, but a serious study by Braunbehrens (Mozart in Vienna, 1990) of Antonio Salieri's musical output, primarily the numerous operas that during his lifetime (1750-1825) were performed throughout Europe. Read full book review >

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MASTER PLAN by Lowell Sweet
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"A character driven, action-filled thriller pitting commies against capitalists."
Russian sleeper agents inserted throughout the U.S. for a Communist takeover may have found their way into the Oval Office in Sweet's debut political thriller. Read full book review >

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SHADOW'S MASTER by Jon Sprunk
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2012

"Series fans will dive right in; curious newcomers should begin at the beginning and avoid at least some of the confusion."
Third in the series (Shadow's Lure, 2011, etc.) in which knife-wielding, magic-powered assassin Caim Du'Vartha tries to figure out what's going on. Read full book review >