Search Results: "Nicholas Griffin"


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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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DIZZY CITY by Nicholas Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"Smart entertainment."
In the latest from Griffin (Caucasus: A Journey to the Land Between Christianity and Islam, 2004, etc.), a petty criminal flees the carnage of the Great War and lands among con men in the Big Apple, where war of a different sort is being waged. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Griffin bites off a huge story but manages to maintain lively interest in the array of personalities involved."
A quirky, thoroughly enjoyable trek through the implausible beginnings of international table tennis and the colorful characters-cum-diplomats behind it. Read full book review >

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THE REQUIEM SHARK by Nicholas Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"A splendid debut."
Exciting, and occasionally gruesome, debut swashbuckler that replaces Hollywood conventions of swordplay and melodramatic revenge with brutally frank historical realism. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE OF SIGHT AND SHADOW by Nicholas Griffin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 27, 2001

"Griffin's House is drenched in foggy, gaslit, garbage-strewn detail (not to mention several heavy echoes of A Tale of Two Cities), but it fails to live up to the viscerally dramatic promise of its yeasty opening chapters. Disappointing."
Images of Hogarth's Gin Lane and Fielding's Inns of Court arise from this densely atmospheric historical tale, the second from the young English-born author of The Requiem Shark (2000). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 1992

"A brilliant psychological portrait, annotated and explained with tact and sensitivity."
An "epistolary biography'' comprised of a selection of Russell's previously unpublished correspondence—mostly love letters to his wife, Alys, and to Ottoline Morrell, a married Bloomsbury courtesan—discussing his work, education, women's rights and his own priggish morality. Read full book review >

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DIE GRIEF (THE GRIFFIN) by Richard Hirschhorn
MYSTERY THRILLER

"An often audacious Nazi mystery with plenty of well-placed plot twists."
Hirshhorn (A Pride of Healers, 1983, etc.) offers an animated chase through Boston and Europe as his characters unravel a mystery involving six pairs of identical Jewish twins saved from a German concentration camp.Read full book review >

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CAUCASUS by Nicholas Griffin
NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2003

"Lively, thoughtful, and a big help in elucidating bewildering struggles in faraway mountains."
A satisfying blend of history and travel memoir, set in the tortured, contested landscapes of the Caucasus Mountains. Read full book review >

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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 >