Search Results: "Lionel Friedberg"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A singularly off-putting and seamy reading experience."
A memoir about the author's role in the secret sex lives of Hollywood's Golden Age stars. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"An initially sharp satire turns tedious by midpoint."
A social satire with a wickedly funny setup fails to sustain momentum and provide much of a payoff. Read full book review >

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CHARLOTTE AND LIONEL by Stanley Weintraub
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2003

"An unfortunate demonstration that, at least in this case, the people who lend are not nearly so interesting as those who borrow."
Popular Victorian biographer Weintraub (Edward the Caresser, 2001, etc.) returns with a languid account of a dynastic marriage between cousins in the famous banking family. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"A poignant reflection of the sacrificial idealism of another time, and of the tragedy and destruction of modern total war."
The experiences of a young officer with a famous Scottish regiment, the Black Watch, in France in 1915. Read full book review >

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LIONEL AT SCHOOL by Stephen Krensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Readers will recognize themselves and their friends in these authentically childlike characters and episodes; better yet, they'll enjoy them. (Fiction. 4-8)"
Krensky's appealing primary-grader (Lionel in the Summer, 1998, etc.) takes on school challenges sure to interest beginning readers, and once again Natti's cheerful, two-to-a-spread, pencil, colored-pencil, and watercolor wash illustrations accompany them. Read full book review >

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LIONEL IN THE SUMMER by Stephen Krensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1998

"Beginning readers will be engrossed by the engaging content and encouraged by the fluid text. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lionel and his family are back for more adventures in this latest Easy-to-Read installment. Read full book review >

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LIONEL AND THE BOOK OF BEASTS by E. Nesbit
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Not to everyone's taste, but his adult fans will snap it up. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The whimsical sweetness of Nesbit's original story and the richness of its early 20th-century language have both been stripped from this misguided attempt at retelling. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE FAULT by Lionel Shriver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 1997

"A persistently melodramatic tone doesn't disguise the tragedy in this moving, resonant tale of two sparkling careers and two decent people unable to live in harmony."
Fully using the strongest part of her game—psychological insight—Shriver (The Bleeding Heart, 1990, etc.) tracks the fleeting joy and prolonged despair of a young couple, both rising tennis stars, who find their love imperiled by one another's fierce urge to win. ``Love me, love my game,'' says petite, 23-year-old Willy to lanky Eric on their second meeting, after a first encounter in Manhattan's Riverside Park in which Willy cleaned his clock. Read full book review >

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GETTING RIGHT WITH GOD by Lionel Newton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 1994

"Too inward-looking and disorganized to be a success, but Newton's easy way with language—whether of the streets or the salon—indicates a protean talent worth watching."
No plot but plenty of attitude is what you get from Newton's rambling first novel about a gifted but feckless black high- schooler who would rather hit the streets than the books. Read full book review >

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THE PURSUIT OF PLEASURE by Lionel Tiger
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 24, 1992

Here, Tiger (Anthropology/Rutgers; The Manufacture of Evil, 1987, etc.) offers observations on our seeking of pleasure and its prehistoric roots. ``Pleasure matters,'' Tiger asserts. ``The subject is hot.'' Aiming to catch the drift of the 90's, he contends that ``pleasure is an evolutionary entitlement.'' Food, sex, drugs, power, and, more interestingly, bearing children ``are as much related to our history as a species and products of it as they are products of our invention,'' he convincingly argues. Read full book review >

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THE LIBERAL IMAGINATION by Lionel Trilling
Released: April 7, 1950

"Limited market."
A highly intellectualized, precious collection of essays in literary criticism on diverse broad subjects, writers, books, literary trends, united by an underlying concern for liberalism as an intellectual tradition. Read full book review >

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The Evil Empire of Cal Schank  by Lionel Domreis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 5, 2012

"First-rate storytelling that propels an enticing plot."
A World War II vet and a Chinese neighborhood leader look for a way to bring down a ruthless mobster in 1950s Los Angeles in Domreis' debut mystery. Read full book review >