Search Results: "Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem"


BOOK REVIEW

A SWORD IN HER HAND by Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2011

"Marguerite's fearless spirit, the fast pace and the setting's gritty authenticity all elevate this noble historical novel above the rabble. (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
Lady Marguerite, born in 1347 in Flanders, is determined to control her own destiny and not submit to the will of her domineering father, who wants to form an alliance by marrying her off to a repulsive English nobleman. Read full book review >

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ON THE GO  by Jean Claude
illustrated by Jean Claude
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"Caregivers, be prepared; these topics should provoke plenty of questions: 'What's a paramedic?'; 'What's a luxury yacht?'; 'What's an SUV?' (Board book. 1-5)"
A lexicon of locomotion. Read full book review >

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A SUN FOR THE DYING by Jean-Claude Izzo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Difficult but rewarding reading that offers an unflinching look at a social problem, related through the journey of one sad man."
A drifter escapes to Marseilles in this dark work from Izzo (The Lost Sailors, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF FILM by Jean-Claude Carrière
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"Deserves a place on a small shelf alongside such oddities as Bresson's Notes on Cinematography and Tarkovsky's Sculpting in Time, studies in the philosophy of film written by great practitioners of the art."
One of Europe's most distinguished screenwriters offers a philosophical rumination on his chosen medium, but those led by the title to expect a glimpse into the hidden world of filmmaking will be disappointed. Read full book review >

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CHOURMO by Jean-Claude Izzo
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A bitter, sad and tender salute to a place equally impossible to love or leave. Like George Pelecanos, Izzo connects to individual lives large-scale social, economic and political forces most often encountered in op-ed columns."
Like the eponymous slaves who powered Roman galleys, the neighbors who pull together hoping against hope for escape fuel the second installment of Izzo's Marseilles trilogy. Read full book review >

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TOTAL CHAOS by Jean-Claude Izzo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"For better or worse, the title of this melancholy, high-energy bloodbath is just perfect. One can only wonder what new atrocities are left for the second and third installments, both due next year."
Ten years after its success in France, the first installment of Izzo's ultra-noir Marseilles trilogy finally arrives in English translation. Read full book review >

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BEARS MAKE THE BEST READING BUDDIES by Carmen Oliver
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Children will surely want their own large brown reading buddies after listening to this book about the joys and challenges of reading. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Dogs (and other children) are often used as reading buddies in schools and libraries, but bears may seem a bit unusual in that role. Read full book review >

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THE LOST SAILORS by Jean-Claude Izzo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Slow-building drama with a tragic denouement as inevitable and deadly as any storm at sea."
Sailors can be more lost on land than they ever were at sea, suggests this moody drama from French novelist Izzo (Solea, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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SOLEA by Jean-Claude Izzo
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 2007

"A story like this can't possibly end well. But poetry-spouting Fabio goes out in a blaze of glory that makes the trilogy's capstone its least nihilistic entry."
The final installment of Izzo's Marseilles trilogy plunges ex-cop Fabio Montale into an even deeper well of corruption than the first two (Total Chaos, 2005; Chourmo, 2006). Read full book review >

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JOSEPHINE by Jean-Claude Baker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"No whitewash but sympathetic and gripping indeed. (Photos—32 pp.—not seen)"
Latest and perhaps best of several recent bios of Josephine Baker (e.g., Phyllis Rose's Jazz Cleopatra, 1989)—this one by the performer's semiadopted/fully discarded son (owner of a Manhattan restaurant named Chez Josephine) and Chase (The Great American Waistline, 1981, etc.). Read full book review >

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PLEASE, MR. EINSTEIN by Jean-Claude Carrière
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A playful yet carefully engineered pop-physics excursion, with a host considerably livelier than most narrators on the Discovery Channel."
Einstein made (relatively) simple. Read full book review >

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STILL MY GRANDMA by Véronique Van den Abeele
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Although Camille's process of accepting Grandma's new circumstances is unexplained, this is a gentle, effective, albeit slightly simplified tale of this increasingly common disease. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Camille and her grandma clearly share a very special relationship. Read full book review >