Search Results: "Ruth Downie"


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PERSONA NON GRATA by Ruth Downie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2009

"Enormous fun: another lively winner from a newly established mistress of the genre."
A third deftly plotted puzzler starring Roman battlefield physician Gaius Petreius Ruso and his former house servant—and present lover—Tilla (Terra Incognita, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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VITA BREVIS by Ruth Downie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"The seventh adventure for Downie's physician hero (Tabula Rasa, 2014, etc.) masterfully draws out its suspense, painting a vivid portrait of ancient Rome that feels persuasive and authentic."
An idealistic doctor who moves to the big city with his family finds a nest of corruption—and corpses—literally on their doorstep. Read full book review >

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TABULA RASA by Ruth Downie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The mystery is a nice addition but never the main attraction."
Against a backdrop of near-constant combat, a conscientious doctor tries to find two mysteriously missing persons. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Downie injects a modern who-done-it twist into the imperial action."
The subtitle of this novel is important—"A Novel of the Roman Empire"—lest we think it's about the Marine Corps. Read full book review >

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MEDICUS by Ruth Downie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2007

"A charming novel."
Dark doings in Roman-occupied "Britannia" are investigated in this nifty historical mystery, the award-winning English author's first novel. Read full book review >

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CAVEAT EMPTOR by Ruth Downie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"It's a winner."
Downie's wonderful historical mystery series (Persona Non Grata, 2009, etc.) set in 2nd-century CE Roman-occupied Britain cruises along in high gear in this entertaining fourth installment. Read full book review >

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TERRA INCOGNITA by Ruth Downie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2008

"Ruso rocks. Let's hear it for those Romans."
In a lively sequel to English author Downie's historical mystery Medicus (2007), its eponymous protagonist—Roman army physician Gaius Petreius Ruso—finds himself absorbed by dark deeds done in the northern wasteland of occupied Brittania. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Despite occasional redundancies—only natural given the 400 pages of commentary on a brief text—this book is absorbing and provocative."
A generally superb collection of both traditional and unorthodox readings of the Book of Ruth. Read full book review >

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SAVING RUTH by Zoe Fishman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2012

"Conflicts and secrets abound, yet the tension doesn't quite build, so the eruption of the final crisis seems abrupt and the resolution far too easy."
Home after the first year at college—can you keep your secrets hidden? Read full book review >

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DROWNING RUTH by Christina Schwarz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"An engrossing debut from a writer to watch."
With quietly powerful prose and carefully nuanced description, a first-novelist creates a satisfying fictional world inhabited by complicated people painfully coming to terms with their common history. Read full book review >

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RUTH BENEDICT by Margaret Mead
Released: Sept. 1, 1974

"Mead's portrait is followed by a selection from the essential Benedict (on cultural configurations, Zuni mythology, primitive freedom, Japanese self-discipline) which reveal her as lucid, seminal, humane, and very much the writer she always wanted to be."
This is a volume in the Leaders of Modern Anthropology series, and as such it is an introduction to Ruth Benedict as a thinker and a human being, not a full-scale biography. Read full book review >

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RUTH BADER GINSBURG by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A beautiful example of what a picture book can be. (glossary) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
How did a book-loving girl grow up to be a Supreme Court justice? Read full book review >