Search Results: "Laurent Binet"


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THE SEVENTH FUNCTION OF LANGUAGE by Laurent Binet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A clever and surprisingly action-packed attempt to merge abstruse theory and crime drama."
A famous semiotician has been killed. Call the police! And the post-structuralists! Read full book review >

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HHhH by Sam Taylor
Kirkus Star
translated by Sam Taylor, by Laurent Binet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2012

"Binet deserves great kudos for retrieving this fateful, half-forgotten episode, spotlighting Nazi infamy, celebrating its resisters, and delivering the whole with panache."
The evergreen allure of Nazis as the embodiment of evil is what drives this French author's soul-stirring work: a hybrid of fact and meta-fiction that won the Prix Goncourt in 2010. Read full book review >

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YVES SAINT LAURENT by Alice Rawsthorn
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 7, 1997

"A frustrating and dispassionate study of an enigmatic figure and his glamorous and decadent milieu. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A soft but thorough take on the life and legacy of the neurotic, brilliant designer. Read full book review >

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DRAW THE LINE by Laurent Linn
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 17, 2016

"More defiant than its superhero's diaphanous costume portends. Bravo. (Fiction. 12-18)"
At the risk of revealing his closeted sexuality and artistic talent, a Texas wallflower combats small minds. Read full book review >

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MY WILD FAMILY by Laurent Moreau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Sure to inspire young readers and listeners to comparisons of their own. (Picture book. 3-5)"
"I have a very special family," claims the unnamed narrator shown in the cover family portrait. Read full book review >

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BABAR'S BATTLE by Laurent de Brunhoff
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Pleasantly predictable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Echoing recent political change and prescribing more peaceable strategies, Brunhoff adds still another episode to the annals of the popular elephant king. Read full book review >

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THAT'S WHAT MAKES A HIPPOPOTAMUS SMILE by Sean Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Nice but not memorable. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little girl's hippo friend is a bit of a handful around the house. Read full book review >

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BABAR'S BIRTHDAY SURPRISE by Laurent de Brunhoff
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 19, 1970

"Otherwise it commends itself chiefly by its existence."
The surprise is to be a statue of Babar carved in a side of the mountain, and the story revolves — monotonously — around keeping it a surprise. Read full book review >

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BABAR'S LITTLE GIRL by Laurent de Brunhoff
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1987

"As another in a well-loved series, it's a welcome restatement of one of childhood's themes in a grand, familiar setting."
Babar and the serenely pastoral country around Celesteville are back, with a new daughter's early years and misdemeanors. Read full book review >

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BABAR'S MYSTERY by Laurent de Brunhoff
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 2, 1978

"It's all too blankly mysterious to be much fun."
There's no guessing what's afoot as first Babar's piano disappears, then his car, then the gold statue he's scheduled to unveil (helas! a crude dummy). Read full book review >

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BABAR LOSES HIS CROWN by Laurent de Brunhoff
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1967

"Maybe for early learners to read to their superseded parents?"
This latest episode comes in a new don't-wait-for-mother, read-it-yourself format, and parents who enjoyed Babar as much as their offspring are the first losers; next are the youngsters who absorbed a little piquancy along with the plot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A profound demonstration of what needs to be recognized, reconciled and forgiven if current crises are to be overcome."
A vigorous retelling of Haiti's history intended to revive the promise of the world's first black-led republic. Read full book review >