Search Results: "Simonetta Agnello Hornby"


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THE NUN by Simonetta Agnello Hornby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2011

"Hornby opts for an unpredictable, indecisive central character, and the result is a shapeless, unsettled story."
In a desultory historical tale, social rules and money problems force a young Italian aristocrat into the convent. Read full book review >

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THE ALMOND PICKER by Simonetta Agnello Hornby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"More Clochemerle than The Leopard, Hornby's debut deals in types, cliché, and picturesque charm."
A morality tale unravels the mystery of an unlikely peasant girl and her Sicilian community. Read full book review >

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SLAM by Nick Hornby
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Still, it's funny, strong and disturbing, a must read for older boys. (Fiction. YA)"
Like the movie Knocked Up, this is a story about an accidental pregnancy that nudges the male protagonist into adulthood. Read full book review >

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MICHELANGELO FOR KIDS by Simonetta Carr
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2016

"Like many others in the …For Kids series, stronger for its content than the promised activities but worth it nevertheless. (Biography. 9-14)"
This substantial biography of the life and times of the great sculptor, painter, poet, and Renaissance man Michelangelo Buonarroti describes its subject's life in eight chapters. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2008

"A work so microscopically focused that it fails to convey a larger significance."
Italian historian Simonetta revisits the Pazzi conspiracy of 1478. Read full book review >

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ABOUT A BOY by Nick Hornby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 1998

"Far more than just boys will be boys, this has the right mix of hilarity and irrepressible characters to attract a wide audience: an upbeat, unqualified success. (First serial to the New Yorker; Book-of-the-Month Club featured alternate selection; author tour)"
The originality and fun spilling over in Hornby's acclaimed debut, High Fidelity (1995), run deep and strong through this second novel, as a playboy pretends he's a single dad so he can date single moms, but finds his fantasies warped by the real needs of an unusual 12-year-old boy. Read full book review >

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JULIET, NAKED by Nick Hornby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2009

"Few can match the muted humor, lingering poignancy and depth with which Hornby (A Long Way Down, 2005, etc.) limns his forgivably human characters."
British woman finds herself in an intimate e-mail relationship with the obscure '80s rock star her music-obsessed ex idolizes. Read full book review >

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THE HIVE by Gill Hornby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A tissue-thin saga of small-town relationships redeemed by its humor and rapid-fire exchanges."
Modeled on the patterns of a bee colony, Hornby's debut is an amusing if predictable social satire on cliquey, needy school-gate mothers, often more immature than their children. Read full book review >

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HIGH FIDELITY by Nick Hornby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 1995

"Fast, fun, and remarkably deft: a sharp-edged portrait that manages at once to be vicious, generous, and utterly good-natured."
A rollicking first novel from British journalist Hornby that manages to make antic hay of a young (barely) man's hopeless resolve not to come of age. Read full book review >

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HOW TO BE GOOD by Nick Hornby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2001

"By the close, the engaging Carr family is restored whole, even as it realizes—and as the author reminds us with his characteristic sprightly fatalism—that they still inhabit an empty universe."
Another delightful comedy from Hornby (High Fidelity, 1995, etc.), this one about a woman whose plans to divorce her crabby husband are sidetracked by his sudden, if loony, embrace of saintliness. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Hornby is an entertainingly unpretentious critic; any reader would come away with a handful of book recommendations they'd be eager to check out."
The rock-obsessed novelist confesses his idiosyncratic reading habits in this fourth collection of columns written for the Believer. Read full book review >

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ALL TOGETHER NOW by Gill Hornby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"A pleasant if long-winded fable, as simple, all-embracing, and insistently cheerful as Pharrell Williams' 'Happy,' which is also part of the Bridgeford Community Choir's repertoire."
A small English town suffering from everyday problems and decay rediscovers itself through the reinvigoration of its community choir. Read full book review >