Search Results: "Nicholas Rinaldi"


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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THE REMARKABLE COURTSHIP OF GENERAL TOM THUMB by Nicholas Rinaldi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"For the most part, the reading experience does produce the flashy pleasure of a Barnum act, with cardboard sets and blarney unapologetically on display."
Fast-paced and brightly colored, Rinaldi's novel is a portrait of Civil War America told from the perspective of the nation's smallest "military" hero. Read full book review >

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BETWEEN TWO RIVERS by Nicholas Rinaldi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2004

"Superb entertainment: some of the characterizations are superficial, but what counts is the warmhearted celebration of New Yorkers and their restless curiosity."
Rinaldi (The Jukebox Queen of Malta, 1999, etc.) takes a familiar narrative model—the interlocking lives of residents in a Manhattan apartment building—and gives it some bright new plumage. Read full book review >

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THE JUKEBOX QUEEN OF MALTA by Nicholas Rinaldi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 1999

"Then again, in a universe without Catch-22, it's doubtful that The Jukebox Queen of Malta could even have been written."
The influences of Joseph Heller's classic Catch-22 and Louis de Bernieres' recent Corelli's Mandolin are rather too blatantly present in this otherwise well-constructed and quite likable second novel by poet and author Rinaldi (Bridge Fall Down, 1985). 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 >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NICHOLAS COOKE by Stephanie Cowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Seething and turbulent: Cowell's debut is a moving picaresque- -as well as a detailed portrait of Shakespearean England—and a delight to read."
The splendor and squalor of Elizabethan England come sharply into focus in this saga of a talented, troubled actor's search for himself: a first from Renaissance specialist Cowell. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2011

"The sad story, well and respectfully told, of an American original struggling with procrustean politics, timorous producers and personal demons."
A veteran biographer of film legends records the sad career arc of Nicholas Ray (1911-1979), the director of one of Hollywood's most iconic films, Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NICHOLAS PIPE by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1997

"San Souci may be invoking an old story, but he also frames a few timeless ideas about responsibility, tolerance, and that simple thing called love. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
San Souci (The Hired Hand, p. 649, etc.) notes that this story of the love between a merman and a woman of the land first saw the light of day as a 12th-century tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 23, 1995

"Baroque borders surround the time-travel illustrations, while sharp, squared corners frame everyday life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
DeSaix (In the Back Seat, 1993, etc.) offers horse-obsessed readers Antonia, a girl who shares their fantasies of riding. Read full book review >