Search Results: "Lawrence Osborne"


BOOK REVIEW

LAWRENCE by Michael Asher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Lawrence was perhaps the first international megastar of the century,' Asher suggests, and this rather narrow biography pays due homage. (49 b&w photos)"
A biography of T.E. Lawrence, of the linear narrative, pop-psychology school. Read full book review >

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THE FORGIVEN by Lawrence Osborne
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"A gripping read with moral ambiguity galore."
Violence and debauchery in the Moroccan desert lead to cultural misunderstandings...and to more violence and debauchery. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 1993

"An assertive, odd, reductive reading of a familiar and complex cultural phenomenon that the Greeks identified as eros and thanatos."
A vivid but quirky survey of what Osborne (Paris Dreambook, 1991; Ania Malina, 1987) calls ``sexual pessimism''—the association between sexual pleasure and death—which he traces to the Gnostics, the pre-Christian sect that gave creative power to evil and held carnal pleasure in contempt. Read full book review >

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HUNTERS IN THE DARK by Lawrence Osborne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Complex in plot yet simple and intense in style, Osborne's narrative takes us into an Asian heart of darkness."
A journey through contemporary Cambodia, where we encounter gambling, drugs, murder—and the mystery of human identity. Read full book review >

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THE WET AND THE DRY by Lawrence Osborne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 23, 2013

"For tipplers or teetotalers, an extended essay on drink in some precincts where it is welcome and others where it is criminal—rakish, rich and nicely served."
A cosmopolitan and prodigious drinker conducts a tour to selected locales where alcohol flows easily and to others where such spirits are strictly forbidden. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"Personable and keen-minded."
A wide-ranging journalist/author takes to the oenophile road. Read full book review >

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JACOB LAWRENCE by Nancy Shroyer Howard
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Unlike The Great Migration (1993), which reads like a quiet walk through a gallery accompanied by the artist, Howard's book is more like a scavenger hunt through the art itself. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Most of Lawrence's works that are covered in this book- -subtitled ``American Scenes, American Struggles''—such as The Great Migration, or the lives of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Toussaint L'Ouverture, involve a series of paintings that chronicle African-American history or create a biographical portrait. Read full book review >

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BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS by Lawrence Osborne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"A rich, disturbing, and compelling read."
Beautifully crafted and psychologically astute, Osborne's (Hunters in the Dark, 2016, etc.) latest novel takes us on another journey through a heart of moral darkness. Read full book review >

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THE BALLAD OF A SMALL PLAYER by Lawrence Osborne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Osborne masterfully recreates the atmosphere of casinos as well as the psychology of baccarat players—and leaves readers eager to try their luck at the game."
The titular "small player" of Osborne's (The Forgiven, 2012, etc.) new novel gambles at the casinos in and around Macau—and exclusively plays the high stakes game of baccarat. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Acute and absorbing scholarship. (Fifty b&w photographs—not seen.)"
First installment of an ambitious three-volume biography of D.H. Lawrence; to be followed by volume two (1912-1922, by Mark Kinkead-Weekes) and volume three (1922-1930, by David Ellis), set for 1992 and 1994, respectively. Read full book review >

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T.E. LAWRENCE by Malcolm Brown
Released: May 1, 1989

Correspondence of the legendary warrior/scholar, much of it published for the first time (being newly in the public domain after 50 years of top-secret classification). Read full book review >

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JACOB LAWRENCE IN THE CITY by Susan Goldman Rubin
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Candlewick's Art for Baby (2009) is a far better choice, inasmuch as it is specifically keyed to babies' neural development. (18-36 mos.)"
A child's voice narrates a sequence of ten paintings by the great African-American artist, with an emphasis on rhythm and onomatopoeia. Read full book review >