Search Results: "James H.S. McGregor"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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THE GIRL IN THE GREEN GLASS MIRROR by Elizabeth McGregor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2005

"An intriguing, ambitious literary work that will reward more patient readers."
Another complicated, multi-layered plot from English novelist McGregor (The Ice Child, 2001), this time concerning an upscale art appraiser obsessed with the work of a mad Victorian artist. 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 >

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SCHRÖDINGER'S BABY by H.R. McGregor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A genuine downer of a story, though too transparent as a mystery, with the quantum connection ultimately revealed as inconsequential."
The normal chaos of college years takes a bizarre twist in this morbid debut laced with quantum theory (the Schrîdinger angle) from McGregor: a vanishing corpse wreaks havoc on a flat full of students in Glasgow, leaving only one to know the whole sad story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Geopolitics wonks will want to give attention to this urgent but nonsensationalized argument."
Wide-ranging study of China's re-emergence as a regional power in Asia after a long hiatus, thwarting the designs of other powers, including the United States and Russia. Read full book review >