Search Results: "Lawrence Osborne"


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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: 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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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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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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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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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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THE DISTANCE BETWEEN by Eliza Osborne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Still, it's intelligent and quite moving in its way."
A modern young woman's experiences on the road to Damascus—which, in her case, turns out to be I—80. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A fervent manifesto for school diversity and autonomy."
An advocate for charter schools proposes bold changes in public education. Read full book review >

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LAWRENCE MILLMAN
by Gregory McNamee

In the winter of 1941, nine members of an Inuit community in a remote corner of the Hudson Bay died at the hands of three neighbors, one of whom proclaimed himself to be Jesus Christ returning at the end of days. The victims were presumed to be safe harbors for the devil, and one of the killers, a teenage girl ...


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BOOK REVIEW

WINTER'S BULLET by William Osborne
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An intriguing alternative history lesson wrapped in a nail-biting adventure. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
Hitler plans to unleash his greatest weapon in a last-ditch effort to win World War II. Read full book review >

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BUILDING HEAVEN by Andrew Osborne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A terrifically energetic, modern update of Dante."
A law professor sets out on a philosophical quest, examining the nature of the afterlife. Read full book review >