Search Results: "Louis Bayard"


BOOK REVIEW

ROOSEVELT'S BEAST by Louis Bayard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"A suspense-filled re-imagining of history deepened by a confrontation with evil's supernatural presence."
Bayard (The School of Night, 2011, etc.) draws dark fiction from the real-life Roosevelt-Rondon 1914 exploration of Brazil's Rio da Dúvida. Read full book review >

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THE BLACK TOWER by Louis Bayard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"Who says they don't write 'em like this anymore? Long may Bayard reign."
Having previously channeled Dickens and Poe, historical novelist Bayard (The Pale Blue Eye, 2006, etc.) throws down the gauntlet to Dumas in another high-energy melodrama. Read full book review >

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THE PALE BLUE EYE by Louis Bayard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2006

"At novel's end, the reader may want to start again from the beginning."
Bayard's second offering is another literary tour de force, this time featuring the young Edgar Allan Poe as a detective's assistant. Read full book review >

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LOUIS by Philip Callow
NON-FICTION
Released: April 6, 2001

"These stylistic tics, along with strained comparisons with the subjects of Callow's other biographies, suggest that the author is addressing no audience other than himself."
Another literary biography from an English novelist who has taken on Chekhov, Lawrence, and Whitman in the past. Read full book review >

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LUCKY STRIKES by Louis Bayard
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"A grand adventure. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
"Mama died hard. You should know that." Read full book review >

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THE SCHOOL OF NIGHT by Louis Bayard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2011

"Bayard (The Black Tower, 2008, etc.) blends luminaries of history, lost treasure, intrigue and a double-twist conclusion into a highly readable concoction."
Bayard's novel isn't the first to combine historical characters and long-secret shenanigans, but instead of suggesting Jesus married Mary Magdalene, it puts Shakespeare into a gay love affair. Read full book review >

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MR. TIMOTHY by Louis Bayard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2003

"Still, a clever premise and smartly detailed prose manage to offset the disappointment of this tale's forced excitement."
Tiny Tim has grown up in this uneven effort: an intriguing reexamination of Dickens's beloved waif, saddled with a not altogether successful thriller, à la The Alienist. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Readers will come away from Haskins's book with an admiration for a man in whose humble origins were the seeds of leadership in the fight for equality and justice. (notes, index, not seen) (Biography. 10+)"
A moving and informative biography about an early activist and key player in the civil rights movement. Read full book review >

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LOUIS XIV by Ian Dunlop
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Rich in detail, plodding in pace. (24 pages b&w photos)"
A lavish but sluggish life of the Sun King (1638-1715) by architectural historian and biographer Dunlop (Marie-Antoinette, not reviewed). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOUIS ARMSTRONG by Laurence Bergreen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 1997

"The presence of Armstrong's unique voice turns what might have otherwise been a routine biography into a grand success. (16 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
This look at the life of one of this century's great personalities eschews meticulousness in its musical analysis in favor of a complete look at the man himself. Read full book review >

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LOUIS UNDERCOVER by Fanny Britt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An unflinching, delicate portrait of a boy and his broken family. (Graphic novel. 10-14)"
As his family falls apart, a young teen boy struggles to approach the girl he admires from afar. Read full book review >

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LOUIS SOCKALEXIS by Bill Wise
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2007

Capped by a climactic 1897 at-bat against the New York Giants' fireballer Amos Rusie, this short profile highlights the achievements of the first verifiable Native American to play in the Major Leagues. Read full book review >