Search Results: "Richard Beard"


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DAMASCUS by Richard Beard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"If you—re not into puzzles, though, you—d best steer clear."
Some Chinese puzzles are so exquisitely put together that one quite forgets that the object is finally to take them apart. Read full book review >

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X20 by Richard Beard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 1997

"Very witty but utterly endless, like The Magic Mountain by S.J. Perelman."
Debut British novel about smoking (or not) that's a long nicotine fit gasping for a more smooth-flavored, high-tar story. Read full book review >

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LAZARUS IS DEAD by Richard Beard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"Beard's take on Lazarus is nothing less than astonishing—and he respects the reader by taking religion and religious questions seriously."
In this alternative theological novel Jesus does more than weep...and Lazarus does more than die. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"More a parade of menu items than a life, this one is bland reading for all but the most serious students of the Master. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Thirteen years (195264) of letters from James Beard, with just enough interspersed replies from West Coast culinary colleague Helen Evans Brown to reveal that more of her voice would have improved this volume. Read full book review >

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CROCODILE'S TEARS by Alex Beard
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Ecological storytelling at its finest. (author's note, glossary of endangered animals with colored photos) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Rhino and Tickbird's query about why Crocodile cries tears leads them from one animal to another, triggering troubling and provocative questions about Africa's endangered habitats and its vanishing wildlife. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2016

"A lively history of one man's indelible imprint on American news."
The peripatetic life of a newspaper mogul. Read full book review >

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LOST IN THE GARDEN by Philip Beard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2006

"Some pretty good golf tips from Sal, but that's about it to hold your attention."
Beard (Dear Zoe, 2005) very faintly echoes Updike at Updike's weakest in a golf novel about a suburban Pittsburgh lawyer. Read full book review >

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CONFRONTING THE CLASSICS by Mary Beard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 9, 2013

"A top-notch introduction to some fairly arcane material, accessible but not patronizing."
This collection by Beard (Classics/Cambridge Univ.; The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found, 2008, etc.) provides a traditional classical education, and there's no need to learn a dead language. Read full book review >

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DEAR ZOE by Philip Beard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Earnest and sensitive—to a fault."
In an epistolary first novel about the process of grieving, a 15-year-old girl writes letters to the younger sister whose death she feels responsible for. Read full book review >

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THE JUNGLE GRAPEVINE by Alex Beard
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"One wonders, too, about the choice of 'Jungle' for the title, since the setting, depicted in charming endpaper maps, appears to be a savanna. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Imbuing a game of "Telephone" with elements of Chicken Little's hysteria, Beard focuses on the animals dwelling around a watering hole in a fictive African landscape. Read full book review >

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QUIT OR DIE TRYING by Alison Beard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Smart and strikingly veracious."
A relentless, cautionary chronicle of smoking dependency. Read full book review >

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MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DRAW by Alex Beard
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Wild and wonderful. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Near the Mbuno Hills in Africa, a troop of competitive monkeys learn a lesson in creativity from savvy Elephant. Read full book review >