Search Results: "Mary Beard"


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CONFRONTING THE CLASSICS by Mary Beard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 9, 2013

"A top-notch introduction to some fairly arcane material, accessible but not patronizing."
This collection by Beard (Classics/Cambridge Univ.; The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found, 2008, etc.) provides a traditional classical education, and there's no need to learn a dead language. Read full book review >

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S.P.Q.R. by Mary Beard
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 2015

"Beard's enthusiasm for her subject is infectious and is well-reflected in her clever, thoroughly enjoyable style of writing. Lovers of Roman history will revel in this work, and new students will quickly become devotees."
The acclaimed classicist delivers a massive history of ancient Rome, which "continues to underpin Western culture and politics, what we write and how we see the world, and our place in it." Read full book review >

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THE COLOSSEUM by Keith Hopkins
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Brisk and illuminating, with much surprising information."
A swift overview of the history, design and functions of one of the world's most recognizable buildings. Read full book review >

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MARY MILLER
by Stephanie Buschardt

Despite its title, there’s not a lot of happiness going around in Mary Miller’s new collection, Always Happy Hour. “There is nothing more disgusting, really, than people enjoying themselves so thoroughly when you’re miserable,” writes Miller in the book’s opening story, a rather grim yet appropriate introduction to the morbid hilarity that’s to come in the following pages. More ...


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CABINS IN THE WOODS
by Leila Roy

There were twenty-five letters in all. They went to girls who lived in apartment buildings in cities and farmhouses in the country and condos in the suburbs. Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week at Camp So-and-So, a lakeside retreat for girls nestled high in the Starveling Mountains, on a merit scholarship. Each letter came with a registration ...
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BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"More a parade of menu items than a life, this one is bland reading for all but the most serious students of the Master. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Thirteen years (195264) of letters from James Beard, with just enough interspersed replies from West Coast culinary colleague Helen Evans Brown to reveal that more of her voice would have improved this volume. Read full book review >

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CROCODILE'S TEARS by Alex Beard
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Ecological storytelling at its finest. (author's note, glossary of endangered animals with colored photos) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Rhino and Tickbird's query about why Crocodile cries tears leads them from one animal to another, triggering troubling and provocative questions about Africa's endangered habitats and its vanishing wildlife. Read full book review >

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LOST IN THE GARDEN by Philip Beard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2006

"Some pretty good golf tips from Sal, but that's about it to hold your attention."
Beard (Dear Zoe, 2005) very faintly echoes Updike at Updike's weakest in a golf novel about a suburban Pittsburgh lawyer. Read full book review >

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DEAR ZOE by Philip Beard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Earnest and sensitive—to a fault."
In an epistolary first novel about the process of grieving, a 15-year-old girl writes letters to the younger sister whose death she feels responsible for. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2016

"A lively history of one man's indelible imprint on American news."
The peripatetic life of a newspaper mogul. Read full book review >

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THE JUNGLE GRAPEVINE by Alex Beard
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"One wonders, too, about the choice of 'Jungle' for the title, since the setting, depicted in charming endpaper maps, appears to be a savanna. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Imbuing a game of "Telephone" with elements of Chicken Little's hysteria, Beard focuses on the animals dwelling around a watering hole in a fictive African landscape. Read full book review >

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X20 by Richard Beard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 1997

"Very witty but utterly endless, like The Magic Mountain by S.J. Perelman."
Debut British novel about smoking (or not) that's a long nicotine fit gasping for a more smooth-flavored, high-tar story. Read full book review >