Search Results: "Martin West"


BOOK REVIEW

THE NATIVITY by Géraldine Elschner
by Géraldine Elschner, illustrated by Giotto, translated by Kathryn Bishop, adapted by Martin West
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An exquisite volume of most interest to students of art, church libraries, or large libraries with extensive art collections. (Picture book/religion. 9 & up)"
This striking version of the Nativity story is illustrated with reproductions of fresco paintings by the Italian renaissance artist Giotto. Read full book review >

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MY CHILDREN'S BOOK GHOST FILE
by Julie Danielson

Over at NPR last week, I heard a pop culture critic talk (here) about what he calls his Ghost File, or the books, television shows, and movies he didn’t review during the year. “[I]t's the great frustration,” he said, “that every year I'm haunted by all the terrific things I haven't talked about … ...


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BOOK REVIEW

PIVOT POINT by Kasie West
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"West's debut showcases riveting storytelling. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Clairvoyant Addison Coleman must choose between two futures and two love interests. Read full book review >

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LUCKY IN LOVE by Kasie West
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 25, 2017

"There's a wealth of profoundly topical, thematic territory to explore in lottery wins; this iteration, with its cast of culturally and economically diverse characters, is especially resonant. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A teen discovers that winning the lottery has an inescapable downside. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"One of the better reflections on the war in Iraq, with enough sense of on-the-ground combat reality to hold disturbing portents for future 'small wars.'"
Gripping, disturbing account of American advisors in Iraq, focused on several National Guardsmen and the Iraqi soldiers (jundis) they trained. Read full book review >

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TENEMENT OF CLAY by Paul West
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 1993

"Not a must read, or a fun read, but curiously prophetic of the recent calamitous effects of enforced acculturation in places like united Germany."
A secular savior takes a derelict into his crumbling brownstone with predictably gloomy results—first US publication for this early (1965) novel by the author of The Women of Whitechapel and Jack the Ripper, Lord Byron's Doctor, etc. Edward Nicholas, a.k.a. Read full book review >

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EMINENCE by Morris West
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Vaticanologists will be having too much fun figuring out who's who in this aptly timed roman-Ö-clef. (Radio satellite tour)"
The latest ecclesial potboiler by West (Vanishing Point, 1996, etc.), this one centering on the troubles that await an Argentine cardinal who hopes not to be elected pope. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 28, 1993

"West's voice is an important one, but this collection doesn't amplify it in a helpful way."
West is the professor of religion and director of Afro- American studies at Princeton whose short essay collection, Race Matters (p. 216), became a bestseller earlier this year. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE QUEST FOR GRAHAM GREENE by W.J. West
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 1998

"While Greene aficionados anticipate Sherry's next volume, West supplies them with some tantalizing points and leaves open many, many questions. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An occasionally enticing if episodic inquest into Greene's lifelong balancing act on ``the dangerous edge of things'' (his favorite Browning quote). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHEOPS by Paul West
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2002

"This adventurous, high-spirited writer is almost always forgotten when prize nominations are announced. The prize-givers might well note that an indisputably major oeuvre is taking shape right before their eyes."
West's unparalleled chronological and thematic range is extended still further in his ambitious twentieth novel, set in ancient Egypt during the time (c. 2700 b.c.) of its Fourth Dynasty. Read full book review >

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TITO by Richard West
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Unsuccessful, both as original biography and as commentary on current events. (8 pages b&w illustrations, not seen)"
An unfocused attempt to combine a biography of Tito, an account of Yugoslavia's rise and demise, and a weak argument about the centrality of religion to the region's conflict. Read full book review >