Search Results: "Jasper Becker"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CHINESE by Jasper Becker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 2000

"An authoritative, detailed, and nonintimidating treatment of a fascinating and often misunderstood subject. (maps and illustrations, not seen)"
A remarkably thorough and up-to-date portrait of the Chinese state—"probably the oldest functioning organization in the world"—and the 1.3 billion people inhabiting it. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A remarkable book, the more devastating for its quietness and absence of rhetoric. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The first serious attempt to unearth the truth of the massive human tragedy behind the ``Great Leap Forward'' in China between 1958 and 1961. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"More geopolitically engaged, but also less titillating, than Bradley K. Martin's Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader (2004). But of much interest to readers who wonder where the next war will be fought."
"To paraphrase Tolstoy, all rogue states are rogue states in their own way, but North Korea is the only one to present multiple dangers and on a massive scale." So writes foreign correspondent Becker (The Chinese, 2000, etc.), who reveals that at least one node on the so-called Axis of Evil is a nasty and dangerous place indeed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Nicely told, but lacking depth and highly slanted."
Another on the religious persecutions promulgated by the much-unloved Tudor monarch, this time presented in a lively if highly partisan style reminiscent of John Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Read full book review >

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SEEKING SALAMANCA MITCHELL by Kenji Jasper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 2004

"Written in loose, loping prose, a story that's entertaining enough, though in the end rather quietly routine."
A jazzy, fluent rendering of the life of an aspiring musician and composer who finds himself jailed for seven years just as his great love gives birth to their child. Read full book review >

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THE BIG OVER EASY by Jasper Fforde
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 25, 2005

"Shallow and snarky, though the concept is clever."
Humpty Dumpty fell off his wall, and the Nursery Crimes Division opened an investigation. Read full book review >

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SHADES OF GREY by Jasper Fforde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 29, 2009

"All this is serenely silly, but to dispel a black mood and chase away the blues, this witty novel offers an eye-popping spectrum of remedies. A grateful hue and cry (as well as sequels) may be anticipated."
The world of the near future is anything but an ashen wasteland in the impish British author's refreshingly daft first volume of a new fantasy series. Read full book review >

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THE EYRE AFFAIR by Jasper Fforde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2002

"Still, it's a welcoming and amusing place to pass a few hours."
An unusually sure-footed first novel, this literary folly serves up a generally unique stew of fantasy, science fiction, procedural, and cozy literary mystery—but in the end is more dancing bear than ballet. Read full book review >

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THE STELLOW PROJECT by Shari Becker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 23, 2015

"Rough spots in the plotting drag down picture-book author Becker's debut for teens. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A pair of teenagers uncovers familial secrets after environmental terrorists wreak havoc on New York City. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 16, 1996

"A manual of room arrangement and garden design combined with a view of a now-extinct lifestyle where newspapers were ironed for weekend guests that should capture students of design and history. (16 pages color photos, 150 b&w photos, not seen)"
Romantic family history meets interior design and gardening in this life of Virginia-born Nancy Lancaster, who gets credit here for creating the English Country style—homey chintz in baronial spaces. Read full book review >