Search Results: "Jean-Philippe Blondel"


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THE 6:41 TO PARIS by Jean-Philippe Blondel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A fast, yet deep journey through the characters' experiences of anger, triumph, remorse, and forgiveness, Blondel's novel—his first to be published in the U.S.—reminds us that even long-ago heartbreaks have the power to ignite our most powerful emotions."
In French novelist Blondel's stream-of-consciousness memory trip, ex-lovers engage in a mental quick-fire duel. Read full book review >

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MONSIEUR by Jean-Philippe Toussaint
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1991

"A splendidly realized portrait of a non-hero, whose boring life is anything but."
Another deceptively slender novel from French writer Toussaint, more austere than The Bathroom (1990) but just as accomplished. Read full book review >

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TELEVISION by Jean-Philippe Toussaint
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2004

"Ever so slightly redundant and attenuated, but most readers will be charmed nonetheless. Very entertaining indeed."
In a wry 1997 novel, his fourth in English translation, clever Belgian author Toussaint (Making Love, 2004, etc.) tackles the omnipresence of television in contemporary culture. Read full book review >

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A GOOFY GUIDE TO PENGUINS by Jean-Luc Coudray
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"From the creator of the Benjamin Bear books, absurdist humor carries across species. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Silly untruths about penguins unfold in comic-book style. Read full book review >

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MAKING LOVE by Jean-Philippe Toussaint
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Edgy prose that elegantly distills a disturbing take on love."
From the author of Monsieur (1991), etc., a moody, often claustrophobic, and viscerally intense evocation of the end of an affair that's begun in France and ends in Japan. Read full book review >

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RITA AND WHATSIT by Jean-Philippe Arrou-Vignod
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"A companion volume, Rita and Whatsit at the Beach (ISBN: 978-0-8118-6551-7) provides a further look at this charmingly understated duo. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Rita is a petulant little girl wearing a flowered red dress for her birthday celebration. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2007

"Adventure extremists everywhere will be grateful for this vivid depiction of a one-of-a-kind quest."
A seasoned trailblazer's intrepid trek across the Arctic tundra. Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS WITH RITA AND WHATSIT by Jean-Philippe Arrou-Vignod
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"The amusing story is simple enough for the youngest listeners, and older kids will enjoy the sly touches, as will grown-ups. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rambunctious Rita in her red dress returns for a third round with her canine companion, Whatsit (Rita and Whatsit, 2008). Read full book review >

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ALL THE SONGS by Philippe Margotin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2013

"Essential for Beatles fans and a pleasure to read."
Quick: What's the last cover the Beatles ever recorded? Read full book review >

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PAPA! by Philippe Corentin
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 1997

"Warm and funny fare. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A humorous reminder, in the same spirit as Jackie French Koller's No Such Thing (p. 60), that monsters are monsters only in the eye of the beholder. Read full book review >

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KNOCK! KNOCK! KNOCK! WHO'S THERE? by Philippe Goossens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Pass. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this guess-who's-knocking title, the clues are either too vague or too easy, the story is slight, and the illustrations are a tad pedestrian. Read full book review >

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BLUE by Philippe Dupasquier
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Here's a game worth playing—for everyone, not just budding visual artists. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Dupasquier invites readers to battle boredom by taking a good look around. Read full book review >