Search Results: "Nicholas A. Basbanes"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 28, 2003

"Basbanes's profound passion never falls into pedantry: readers will emerge with new knowledge, new worries, and enormous respect."
An erudite, often lively analysis of the disappearance of texts thanks to time, weather, worms, warriors, decay, poor judgment, and the computer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Must reading for any book collector, and a nice addition to even modest personal libraries. (16 pages b&w photos, line art, engravings, not seen)"
This absorbing volume traces ``the cycle of books among collectors, libraries, and dealers,'' seeking to shed new light on that ``gentlest of infirmities,'' bibliomania. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 12, 2002

"For those literati who want a window into a strange little world, read on. All others should take a pass."
As the subtitle suggests, a book for a narrow and often eccentric audience, with few more eccentric than the author himself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 2001

"Of much interest to readers who, like the author, nurse a passion for books, and for books about books."
An uneven but entertaining exploration of the world of books. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 17, 2013

"A lively tale told with wit and vigor."
Self-proclaimed bibliophile Basbanes (About the Author: Inside the Creative Process, 2010, etc.) proves a delightful and intrepid guide in this capacious history of paper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 2, 2005

"Like-minded readers may chafe at hearing the story of Johnson and his Boswell for the zillionth time. But we won't stop turning pages, will we?"
Another sampling of what some will call cultural history, others book chat, from the indefatigably bookish author (A Splendor of Letters, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NICHOLAS by René Goscinny
Kirkus Star
by René Goscinny, illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempé, translated by Anthea Bell
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"At least one sequel is scheduled. (Fiction. 9-11)"
A favorite in France for decades, these 19 tongue-in-cheek tales of daily life as seen through the eyes of an uncritical young everylad will elicit bursts of laughter from children and adults alike. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SAINT CALLED NICHOLAS by L.E. Lomax
written and illustrated by L.E. Lomax
Released: Sept. 28, 2012

"An occasionally confusing, yet enlightening, read for kids of all ages and from all cultures."
Lomax (The Bess M. Gilbert Art Collection, 2012) presents a rhyming, intriguing look at Christmas traditions and legends from around the world in this first of a 12-book series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NICHOLAS by Jeremy Seal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Here is evidence in an investigative report on who he was before he became the cult personage in the polar parsonage."
Nicholas, the fourth-century resident of Myra, Anatolia, one of the most popular saints, is the subject of this ornate biographical treatment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NICHOLAS II by Marc Ferro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1993

"The human drama—from the execution of Rasputin to the struggle of the tsar's family to understand, escape, and survive—is displaced here by abstract argument. (Illustrations)"
Ferro (Social Sciences/êcole des Hautes êtudes, Paris; The Russian Revolution of February 1917, 1972), an expert on the political details of the Russian Revolution, claims to offer new information in this political biography of Tsar Nicholas II. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"It would roil Butler's immense ego to learn that—not 60 years after his death—this well-crafted study is even necessary."
A highly readable exhumation of the career of Nicholas Murray Butler, president of the Carnegie Endowment and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and almost entirely forgotten today. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NICHOLAS DANE by Melvin Burgess
FICTION
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

"A small note of hope ends this gripping but harsh tale. (Historical fiction. 15 & up)"
Coming from England, this bleak, violent, slang-inflected street saga exposes the machinations of power and villainy in Manchester's social services and criminal underworld. Read full book review >