Search Results: "Ross King"


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BARNEY ROSS by Douglas Century
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"A strikingly researched work that's rich with perspective on Jews in America."
Moving biography of the 1930s boxer who fought his way out of a Jewish ghetto in Chicago to become a World Champion and a genuine World War II hero. Read full book review >

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BETSY ROSS by Becky White
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"A bit of bibliography and a stronger admission that this is not history (or herstory) but legend would make this a stronger book. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A historical fable, told in very few words, prettily illustrated and rather wonderful in its elegant brevity—except there is almost no evidence to support the Betsy Ross myth. Read full book review >

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ROSS MACDONALD by Tom Nolan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 1999

"A breathlessly enthusiastic font of praise—most of it justifiable—that also works as a schematic for the demons, both professional and personal, that motivate some of our best writers to toil tirelessly in the genre fields."
Hagiographic, rags-to-riches, writer-as-middle-class-hero tale; the first biography of a genre master who wrote 18 highly literate detective novels featuring southern California private eye Lew Archer and earned an enormous following among mainstream readers, academes, and literary celebrities. Read full book review >

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THE YEARS WITH ROSS by James Thurber
Released: May 28, 1959

"Thurber's drawings will enhance this commemorative."
A biography, which is also a composite picture, of the mainspring of the New Yorker, presents Harold Wallace Ross during his 27 year marriage to that magazine, as the author, and many others, knew and remembered him. Read full book review >

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MICHELANGELO AND THE POPE’S CEILING by Ross King
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Readers looking for the lite version of this tale may still want to fire up the VCR and watch Charlton Heston chew the scenery. Those seeking a richer understanding of Renaissance art-making will find this a pleasure."
A legend-busting, richly detailed account of the four-year making of the Sistine Chapel frescos. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"King illustrates that the clash of ideas is even more exciting than the clang of swords."
A fluid, engaging account of how the conflicting careers of two French painters—the popular establishment favorite Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier and the oft-reviled newcomer Édouard Manet—reveal the slow emergence of Impressionism and its new view of painting and the world. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Thankfully, King's book is an impressive work of restoration—the author helps readers see this painting for the first time."
An absorbing study of a disappearing masterpiece. Read full book review >

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DOMINO by Ross King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Still, quite diverting and entertaining, even if less accomplished than the dazzling Ex-Libris."
Artifice, portraiture, and gender confusion, these are the assiduously interwoven themes of a busy historical novel (originally published in England in 1995), the first written by the Canadian-born British author of Ex-Libris (2001) and the nonfiction Brunelleschi's Dome (2000). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A compelling (if a touch overly detailed) look at Florence, its architecture, and one of its artisans."
Novelist King (Ex Libris, not reviewed) takes us to Florence, half a millennium ago. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"King elegantly reveals the soul of a great artist, the last impressionist standing at the end of one of history's most remarkable art movements."
A vivid account of Claude Monet (1840-1926) facing his greatest artistic challenge in the last years of his life. Read full book review >