Search Results: "Ronan Bennett"


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THE CATASTROPHIST by Ronan Bennett
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Lightened with spicy sex scenes and absurdist accounts of colonialism at the edge of extinction."
Irish writer Bennett's third novel but first to appear here: a despairing but acute examination of a souring love affair and its ambiguous effect on certain nefarious characters pushing the Belgian Congo toward independence. Read full book review >

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ZUGZWANG by Ronan Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A hugely enjoyable, brilliant high-wire act."
Why would a reclusive chess master be at the heart of a plot to kill the Tsar? That's just one of the puzzles in this taut, intricate thriller set in pre-revolutionary Russia, the fifth novel from the Northern Irish Bennett (Havoc, in Its Third Year, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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HAVOC, IN ITS THIRD YEAR by Ronan Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A fresh portrait of a familiar troubled era, but, careful reconstruction that it is, it works better as history, falling rather flat as fiction. This is Irish author Bennett's fourth novel but second to appear here (after The Catastrophist, 2004)."
A Catholic official tries against all odds to live under a Puritan regime in 17th-century England. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 2002

"Intelligent, thoughtful, and deliciously gossipy: a must for anyone interested in book publishing."
Charming WWII-era letters exchanged by the founders of Random House. Read full book review >

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The Bennett Women by Roberta R. Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2015

"Despite its sometimes too-neat storyline, readers may find merit in this novel's exploration of the challenges of aging loved ones."
In this novel set in 2012, a harrowing health scare for a family matriarch spurs emotional crises for her Fortune 500 company CEO daughter and musically talented granddaughter. Read full book review >

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Bennett Prince of Ziemia by David Kucera
Released: July 14, 2016

"A tale about a perilous rescue operation that delivers a sweet, all-ages romp, leaving room for further escapades."
In this debut middle-grade fantasy, a teen prince and his beautiful young companion sneak off on an adventure to save a nearby village. Read full book review >

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Released: July 9, 2012

"Will Bennett's loyal nanny-and-more, Mary Catherine, abandon her charges in their darkest hour? Will Perrine escape from custody in a made-for-the-movies sequence? Will Bennett finally close his case for good? Or will Patterson and Ledwidge ring down the curtain leaving the conflict unresolved and paving the way for a sequel? Stay tuned."
Patterson's partnership with Ledwidge is already up to the fifth installment in the perilous adventures of NYPD Detective Michael Bennett (Tick Tock, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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HALFWAY HOME by Ronan Tynan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2002

"In other hands, this litany of overachievement would have sounded like an exercise in self-congratulation, but Tynan treats his impressive—actually, astounding—life matter-of-factly."
A memoir by turns sedulous and spirited of the life of Irish tenor Tynan—a man, it turns out, of many parts other than his set of fine pipes. Read full book review >

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DRAGONS by Alexandre Lacroix
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"One of those modest efforts that throws off more light than one might expect from the humble glow of its parts. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Drake the young dragon learns that tradition has two sides, and only one is buttered. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST OF KARL MARX by Ronan de Calan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"With its companion, great thinkers viewed from unusual angles—but better as refreshers than first introductions. (Philosophy. 12-15) "
Cheerfully bidding readers to chill ("Don't be afraid! It's only a sheet!"), the ghostly Marx rises up to explain the origins of his social philosophy. Read full book review >

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THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"How long until Book 3? (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
The second installment of Stiefvater's Raven Cycle is as mind-blowingly spectacular as the first. Read full book review >

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DOIN' THE BOX STEP by Suzanne Falter-Barns
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

A first novel—in the smart, comic women's fiction vein—by a writer whose articles have appeared in magazines like Self and Allure. Read full book review >