Search Results: "John Richardson"


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A LIFE OF PICASSO by John Richardson
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Richardson masterfully describes the inseparable life and art of his magnetic subject, whose love of women went hand in hand with his misogyny, and whose propensity to reject led painting forward more than any other painter in this century. (illustrations, not seen)"
Richardson's engrossing second volume on Picasso lays bare the inceptions of Cubism, bringing to life the decadent milieu that surrounded the virile master who transformed the course of 20th- century painting. Read full book review >

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GRUNT by John Richardson
ANIMALS
Released: March 18, 2002

"A light-hearted tale that sends a worthwhile message to children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A melancholy runt learns about happiness and self-acceptance from a genial boar. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2001

"Richardson (The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a memoir, 1999), once head of Christie's US operations and now a contributor to Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, etc., proves again that he's one of our foremost biographers."
Engaging essays about an odd mix of artists, writers, tycoons, trendsetters, and con guys from the worlds of literature and art. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2007

"Engrossing and revealing material, supplemented by innumerable reproductions of Picasso's paintings and many period photos."
The biography's long-awaited third volume finds the prolific artist at work in Italy, Spain and France. Read full book review >

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THE VIPERS' CLUB by John H. Richardson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1996

"Ignore the editorials, relish the real-life cameos, and appreciate this bouncy novel for what it is: a bit of fluff as trivial, bankable, and enjoyable as one of Max's movies."
Despite its disclaimers, this frothy Hollywood debut fiction seems to be dipping from the same well that's supplied a number of recent novels and movies—the career of the producer (and master vulgarian) Joel Silver, whose manic personal style was best captured in last year's film Swimming With Sharks. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"A beautiful, gracious act of connection with a man who kept his secrets. (8 b&w photos, not seen)"
Journalist and novelist Richardson (In the Little World, 2001, etc.) tries to understand what his abstracted, distant father faced as a high-ranking CIA officer. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"A potent cocktail of impressions and of 'exploding normative thinking' as Richardson makes his way through the Little World. (b&w photographs)"
Prepare to have your responses to dwarfism challenged. If as a psychomechanic Richardson is learning as he goes, he's fully capable of administering a realignment of perception. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE OF WINDJAMMER by V.A. Richardson
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2003

"Richardson sets the stage for sequels from the first chapter on, but few readers are likely to want to read them. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Stronger on 17th-century historical detail than plot or character, this overblown series opener stars a dimwitted, unlikable Amsterdam teenager who suddenly finds himself heir to a family business tottering on the edge of bankruptcy. Read full book review >

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AFTER HAMELIN by Bill Richardson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Likely to attract lovers of fairy-tales, but it will disappoint. (Fiction. 11-13)"
An expansion of the classic story of the pied piper, this tells of young Penelope, left behind when the piper returns for the children of Hamelin after saving the town from rats. Read full book review >

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THE DAMNED by Tarn Richardson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Allegorical and erudite, this imaginative first volume establishes a world, a monolithic villain, and a catapult for Tacit and Isabella, Sandrine and Frost to confront the evil lurking in the volumes to come."
Richardson opens his Darkest Hour trilogy in the trenches of World War I near Arras, France, there to watch English and German soldiers fall prey to werewolves. Read full book review >

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DARK HORSE by Doug Richardson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Occasionally gory, darkly cynical, over-the-top political slam-dunk, with comic portrayals of campaign tricks so dirty it's amazing that they're legal. (First printing of 125,000; film rights to Imagine Entertainment)"
A wickedly sleazy small-town mano a mano political thriller pits a naive yuppie lawyer against a homicidal cracker in a vicious southern Texas race for the US Congress. Read full book review >