Search Results: "Louis Vinciguerra"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PLANTS by Lee Seung-U
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Almost certainly the oddest love story you'll have read in a long time. Think of Murakami drifting into the lands of Borges and Kafka, and you'll have some of the feel of this strange, enchanting tale."
"All trees are incarnations of frustrated love." So avers this beguiling novel by the writer whom J.M. Clezio has called Korea's most likely Nobel Prize contender. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2015

"Ably captures the antic spirit of the New Yorker's first heyday."
A fresh view of the much-chronicled magazine, focused on the three writers/editors who, with founder Harold Ross, shaped its sophisticated stance in the years between the world wars. Read full book review >

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HUG IT OUT! by Louis Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"It's not a complex story, but it's a wise one that shows through a specific example how siblings get along, even when they often don't. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The push and literal pull (usually hair) of sibling rivalry is explored in a direct and comically knowing way in animator Thomas' debut picture book. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"As a bonus, Jacobs supplies a razor-sharp explanation of how a paleontologist sniffs out fossils and then constructs a science from the brittle bits. (The 42 b&w illustrations—of a quizzical-looking turtle, a spinosaurus gulping down a lungfish, etc.—are uniformly superb.)"
A literate, laid-back account of fossil hunting in Africa. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A welcome addition to the little-explored field of African- American radio. (Sixteen pages of photographs.)"
A light and lively history of WDIA, the country's first all- black radio station. Read full book review >

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FALSE GODS by Louis Auchincloss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"This may not be a major addition to the author's oeuvre, but it's an always welcome message, delivered with grace and elegance."
The title of Auchincloss's latest fiction is a variation on his Golden Calves (1988), but his moral sensibility remains the same—an insider's understanding of the sins and vanities of upper- class Manhattanites. Read full book review >

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KILL AND BE KILLED by Louis Begley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Begley has written plenty of better novels than this, and there are plenty of authors who write novels like this better."
The second in a series of suspense novels featuring a war hero-turned-bestselling novelist who prefers to exact justice through lethal rather than legal means. Read full book review >

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THE FUTURE LASTS FOREVER by Louis Althusser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A disturbing, demanding memoir that illustrates the alliance of genius and madness, the delusive clarity of which the insane are capable, and the enormous influence they can acquire over the thinking of others."
In a curiously lucid and compelling narrative, Althusser (1918-90), a distinguished neo-Marxist French intellectual, explains his life, philosophical career, politics, recurrent depressions, and therapies—and how, on the morning of November 16, 1980, he discovered that he'd strangled HÇläne, his wife and companion of 30 years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

N by Louis Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 1997

"Edwards brilliantly deconstructs the language of race in America, a country and culture he celebrates for its invigorating mix, much like this smart and genre-bending book. (Author tour)"
Edwards's second novel (after Ten Seconds, 1991), a tragic romance with less mystery than the title promises, plays with the conventions of genre literature in order to tell a more profound tale of race, sex, and the meaning of identity in America. Read full book review >

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MATTERS OF HONOR by Louis Begley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 29, 2007

"Despite a suicide and a near-fatal beating, this is a generally anemic novel from Begley (Shipwreck, 2003, etc.)."
The professional success and personal setbacks of a Harvard-educated, Polish-American Jew, as seen by his best friend. Read full book review >

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BEYOND THE GREAT SNOW MOUNTAINS by Louis L’Amour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 1999

"A master storyteller only whets the appetite for his next three volumes."
Superb stylist L'Amour returns (End of the Drive, 1997, etc.), albeit posthumously, with ten stories never seen before in book form—and narrated in his usual hard-edged, close-cropped sentences, jutting up from under fierce blue skies. Read full book review >

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MISTLER'S EXIT by Louis Begley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Begley's fifth (About Schmidt, 1996; As Max Saw It, 1994, etc.) is the tale of a master of finance—advertising, actually—who faces terminal cancer with the same stiff upper lip and commanding refinement that led him through his not- always-appealing life. Read full book review >