Search Results: "James Romm"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 2011

"Best appreciated by readers with some grounding in ancient history, but lively enough to engage newbies as well."
Scholarly but colorful account of the toxic fallout from the untimely demise of a continent-striding conqueror. Read full book review >

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DYING EVERY DAY by James Romm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2014

"The task of determining Seneca's true nature is daunting, but the wide body of information available to Romm enables him to give us tantalizing but ambiguous clues to the man's mind. Like any good philosopher, he only shows us the questions and leaves readers to figure out the answers."
There were many sides to the great Roman philosopher and writer Seneca. Romm (Classics/Bard Coll.; Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire, 2011) explores his contrasting, even conflicting, skills in surviving at the dangerous court of Nero. Read full book review >

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THE AGE OF CAESAR by Plutarch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"If crucifixions and ferocious street fighting no longer characterize contemporary politics, Plutarch's rivalrous, 'inglorious' world in discomfiting ways echoes through our own time."
The estimable Greek historian depicts ancient Rome's violent politics. Read full book review >

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JAMES JOYCE by Alfonso Zapico
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A solid account of the development of a writer not easy to encapsulate."
A graphic biography of the literary master. Read full book review >

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C.L.R. JAMES by Kent Worcester
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"EWSLUGCLR James emerges from this engaging book as a man who lived his life fully and whose work is worthy of further study, and Worcester has done much to rescue his subject from oblivion."
Well-crafted biography of a man once characterized as ``the sharpest and most interesting mind that the British Caribbean has produced in three centuries of learning.'' Although the Trinidadian writer and activist Cyril Lionel Robert James (190189) was at the center of many political and literary movements in his time, he is little known today. ``By the 1960s,'' Worcester observes, ``he was an elder radical statesperson on several continents, famous for his writing and historical impact. Read full book review >

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JAMES DEAN by Val Holley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"A biography by the numbers that never quite adds up. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The author of this quotidian, excessively anecdotal life of James Dean has done a lot of research, but too rarely does he conjoin it with any real understanding. Read full book review >

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DEAR JAMES by Jon Hassler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Hassler satirizes both Minnesotan and European types, but his affection for his people is evident in the great good humor that's pervasive."
Hassler's seventh (North of Hope, 1990, etc.) again delivers the goods: this time, Agatha McGee (who first appeared in A Green Journey, 1985) travels to Italy to visit her old friend and pen-pal James, a Catholic priest. Read full book review >

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JAMES GANDOLFINI by Dan Bischoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Not the last word but an earnest, endearing homage to an outstanding actor."
A bittersweet biography of an intensely private artist. Read full book review >

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JENNIEMAE & JAMES by Brooke Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 2010

"A low-key, sweet portrait of an unusual friendship. Jenniemae is a scene-stealer, though, and the strongest parts of the memoir focus on her and her community."
A grown daughter remembers her troubled, genius father's endearing friendship with their charismatic maid. Read full book review >

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JAMES MONROE by Gary Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2005

"A well-written, useful précis of Monroe's life and career."
A nearly forgotten president comes in for soft-spoken tribute, courtesy of one-time U.S. Senator Hart (The Fourth Power, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >