Search Results: "Michael Pye"


BOOK REVIEW

MAXIMUM CITY by Michael Pye
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"First published in England, this probably works best as an interpretation for foreigners, not as an analysis that can help us understand ourselves."
Pye, a British novelist (The King Over the Water, 1981, etc.) and journalist living in New York, has put together a brittle, impressionistic collage of historical and contemporary items—on early Dutch rule and misrule; immigrant hopes and disillusionment; sexual politics; snobbish Society; the struggle to make it in ``audition city,'' and more—for a portrait-in-time that he calls a ``biography'' of N.Y.C., though there's little sense of organic life or rhythm in its various staccato accounts. Read full book review >

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THE DROWNING ROOM by Michael Pye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

Novelist and historian Pye (Maximum City, The Biography of New York, 1992, etc.) transforms the life of a historical 17th-century Dutch woman into a novel of you-are-there realism, though of a more strained psychology. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2015

"A brilliant history of the Dark Ages showing the growth and development of science, business, fashion, law, politics and other significant institutions—a joy to read and reread."
Novelist, journalist and historian Pye (The Pieces from Berlin, 2004, etc.) challenges all our notions of the Dark Ages and shows the vast accomplishments completed long before the Renaissance.Read full book review >

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THE PIECES FROM BERLIN by Michael Pye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2003

"To be read and savored before it's ruined as a movie."
An ancient antiquarian in Zurich is held accountable at the end of her life for the wicked tactics she used to survive and prosper in wartime Berlin. Read full book review >

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INGRID CAVEN by Jean-Jacques Schuhl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"A historical record, to be sure, however unsettling and erratically recounted, but this 2000 Goncourt winner details much glam and little substance."
A real-life German singer and actress (she married filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder) unrolls some fabulous name-dropping in a lightly fictionalized series of reminiscences written by a man named Charles (a.k.a. author Schuhl), who lives with her. Read full book review >

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TAKING LIVES by Michael Pye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"This is about as good as literary thrillers get. (First printing of 50,000)"
It's a pity Alfred Hitchcock isn't around to direct the inevitable film version of this witty and intricate intercontinental thriller from the acclaimed historian (Maximum City: The Biography of New York, 1993) and fiction writer (The Drowning Room, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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SHARING SEAN by Frances Pye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"Suspense driven primarily by characters' blind spots still makes for a Teflon-slick beach read."
Four London women conspire to share the alliteratively available Sean. Read full book review >

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DREAMS OF THE RED PHOENIX by Virginia Pye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"There's a comparison to Ballard's Empire of the Sun, but this unflinching look at a brutal era in a faraway place shares truth in its own way."
A missionary family is trapped by the invading Imperial Japanese Army in the "hard and disastrous land" that's northern China, 1937. Read full book review >

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MOUSE'S FIRST NIGHT AT MOONLIGHT SCHOOL by Simon Puttock
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"Unless they are as good at hiding as Mouse, readers will be hard-pressed to apply any lessons learned here in their own lives. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A shy new student uses her best talent to ease into her first night at school. Read full book review >

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STORIES OF THE WILD WEST GANG by Joy Cowley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Episodic enough to dip in and out, this New Zealand import charms in small bites. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Ten interrelated, longish stories, originally published individually, explore the relationship between only-child Michael's family and his cousins who have moved to town. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL NESMITH
by Nick A. Zaino III

Michael Nesmith’s first big job in the music industry didn’t make much sense to him. He was hired—along with Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork—to be part of a rock and roll band on television called the Monkees. It would change his life in ways he couldn’t quite comprehend. He addresses this in his new memoir, Infinite Tuesday: An ...


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MICHAEL FRANK
by Marjorie Baumgarten

Perhaps you recognize the names of Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. A married couple, they were Hollywood screenwriters responsible for authoring such Oscar-nominated classics as Hud and Norma Rae. Active from the late Forties through the mid-Eighties, the collaborators built a reputation for quality scripts based on their eight films with maverick filmmaker Martin Ritt and their screen adaptations ...


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