Search Results: "Nicholas Christopher"


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THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF NICOLÒ ZEN by Nicholas Christopher
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"As Nicolò morphs from street kid to orphanage crasher to Europe's foremost solo clarinetist, abetted by a fascinating pair of magician brothers, engrossed readers should gladly ride the plot's twists and turns. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Accomplished poet and novelist Christopher delivers a debut for teens thickly woven with 18th-century Venetian intrigue and metaphysical magic. Read full book review >

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TIGER RAG by Nicholas Christopher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Red hot and cool."
The story of history's most enigmatic jazz trumpeter becomes a touchstone for a troubled doctor and her daughter. Read full book review >

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THE BESTIARY by Nicholas Christopher
Released: July 3, 2007

"A literary thriller in which—unusually—neither 'literary' nor 'thriller' seems an afterthought."
Christopher's smart, entertaining fifth novel (Franklin Flyer, 2002, etc.) is a marvelous hybrid of intellectual quest and well-plotted adventure. Read full book review >

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VERONICA by Nicholas Christopher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 12, 1996

"High-class, Victorian-style fantasy of the fourth dimension spoiled, unfortunately, by one-dimensional characters."
From an accomplished poet and second-novelist (The Soloist, 1986): a page-turning yarn about magic and time-travel set in modern Manhattan. Read full book review >

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A TRIP TO THE STARS by Nicholas Christopher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2000

"A healthy plot, serviceably told, with a few overheated insights."
A Trip To The Stars ($24.95; Feb. 8; 416 pp.; 0-385-31804-9): In a novel filled with occasionally breathtaking convergences between events, Christopher (Veronica, 1995, etc.) makes a think-yarn of the adventures of a small boy and his aunt after they are separated. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 1997

"An encyclopedic and very readable appreciation that will probably send many readers hurrying to the video store."
Tough-talking 'tecs, femme fatales, hard-bitten loners, mystery, eros, danger: With rich ingredients like this, it's hard to go wrong, and Christopher certainly doesn't disappoint in this intelligent, thoroughgoing study of film noir. Read full book review >

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FRANKLIN FLYER by Nicholas Christopher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2002

"At one point we're informed that 'Franklin felt as if events—history itself—had been speeded up to a lunatic pace.' So will the reader."
Huge chunks of 20th-century history are handled with elliptical finesse in Christopher's fourth novel (following A Trip to the Stars, 2000): an episodic picaresque with bits and snatches reminiscent of Doctorow's Ragtime, Millhauser's Martin Dressler, Purdy's Malcolm, and Woody Allen's Zelig. Read full book review >

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ATOMIC FIELD by Nicholas Christopher
Released: April 1, 2000

"Honest and powerful, this kind of writing cuts through complacency like a knife."
Christopher, a writer based in New York, is the author of six previous collections of poetry, three novels, and a study of film noir. Read full book review >

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NICHOLAS REYNOLDS
by Gregory McNamee

Hemingway. Ernest Hemingway. The noted American author, widely admired and often parodied, was many things over his long career, from amateur boxer to open-ocean fisherman and world traveler. Along the way, he dropped into some of the ugliest war zones in the world of his day, casting his lot with the underdog in the fight, whether the French Resistance or ...


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BOOK REVIEW

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE by Nicholas Oldland
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Another fine lesson couched in a tale that never becomes didactic. (Picture book. 3-9)"
More Life in the Wild from Canadian Oldland (Up the Creek, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >

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THE BUSY BEAVER by Nicholas Oldland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Great bibliotherapy for any inattentive busy beaver. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Beaver might be busy, but it's his carelessness that earns him the ire of his erstwhile woodland pals. Read full book review >

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A BOOK FOR WOODY by Nicholas Heller
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1995

"But by— successfully— making the story so self-referential and the action so abstract Heller puts his book in a genre of storytelling that is a little unconventional and self-conscious, and a lot avante-garde. (Picture book. 4+)"
Woody, a young pig in need of reading material for the trip home from his grandparents', sits down in front of a shelf with six books. Read full book review >