Search Results: "James H.S. McGregor"


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VENICE FROM THE GROUND UP by James H.S. McGregor
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2006

"A thinking person's guidebook, well supported by illustrations, maps and rich perspectives."
District-by-district guide to the ancient city's profusion of art, architecture and artifacts integrated with its essential history and dominant cultural themes. Read full book review >

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ATHENS by James H.S. McGregor
NON-FICTION
Released: March 24, 2014

"A concise, useful history of 'the hometown of Western thought, the birthplace of democracy, and the starting block for the modern Olympics.'"
McGregor (Emeritus, Comparative Literature/Univ. of Georgia; Paris from the Ground Up, 2009, etc.) describes the great city of Athens in solid detail as it spirals out from its core on the Acropolis. Read full book review >

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ROME FROM THE GROUND UP by James H.S. McGregor
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"McGregor might have spent more time—or time at all—on certain well-known points on the Roman map (the Campo dei Fiori, the Gardens of Sallust, the Baths of Caracalla), but Georgina Masson's Companion Guide to Rome (1974) fills in the blanks."
A pleasing history of Rome from antiquity to the modern era, tied to monuments, buildings and other structures throughout the city. Read full book review >

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THE ICE CHILD by Elizabeth McGregor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2001

"Hopelessly contrived."
English author McGregor makes her US debut with three books in one: the story of a wandering polar bear; a fictionalized account of Sir John Franklin's doomed 1845 expedition in search of the Northwest Passage; and, last but not least, a modern-day tearjerker. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 27, 2012

"Impressive and unconventional fiction."
Absorbing, quirky stories by Booker-nominated McGregor. Read full book review >

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WILBERFORCE by H.S. Cross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Cross has made a solid start for continued exploration of this strange yet for many readers familiar world, one that might well capture a libidinous P.G. Wodehouse crowd, if she can render her quirky setting, cast, and concerns less earnest and more amusing."
This debut moves from the misadventures of several boys at a British public school in 1926 to a study of a particularly hapless young man and his possible redemption. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 2010

"An astute, well-crafted work that should be enormously useful in understanding China's role in the world."
A remarkably in-depth infiltration of the shadowy organization of Chinese leadership. Read full book review >

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EVEN THE DOGS by Jon McGregor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"A few experimental touches don't compensate for the lack of a compelling narrative."
British novelist McGregor (So Many Ways to Begin, 2007, etc.) takes a bleak look at some drug addicts. Read full book review >

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SO MANY WAYS TO BEGIN by Jon McGregor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2007

"With its plot contrivances and drably conventional characters, this novel never comes alive on the page."
Literary aspiration can't save this British novel from maudlin domestic melodrama. Read full book review >