Search Results: "Steven Rendall"


BOOK REVIEW

MONTAIGNE by Philippe Desan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A dense work to be read in conjunction with the humanist's own eloquent writing."
Revisiting the public and private life of the extraordinary humanist in light of religious divisions of the 16th century. Read full book review >

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BONAPARTE by Patrice Gueniffey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 2015

"A masterful portrait, staggeringly complete and contradictory and fluently translated—a delight to read."
Wonderfully lyrical, historically nuanced exploration of the irruption of this Romantic hero. Read full book review >

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CRIMES OF WINTER by Philippe Georget
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"The third installment from Georget (Autumn, All the Cats Return, 2014, etc.) dives deeper into character than most traditional detective yarns and is written with wit, poignancy, and panache. Some readers, though, might want less of the investigator and more of the investigation."
Just as a French police inspector learns of his wife's adultery, a crime spree hits his turf. Read full book review >

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UNTIL DEATH DO US PART by Ingrid Betancourt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2002

"By the end, the text has abandoned its disguise as a memoir and revealed its true identity as a rather conventional campaign autobiography."
A courageous Colombian senator, member of a politically active family, charts her course through the dangerous political waters of her troubled country. Read full book review >

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DUMP THIS BOOK WHILE YOU STILL CAN! by Marcel Bénabou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2001

"Great fun."
An amusing 1992 metafiction from a member of OULIPO, the experimental fiction "workshop" famed for such practitioners as American expatriate Harry Mathews and Bénabou's brilliant countryman Georges Perec. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2009

"A one-of-a-kind eyewitness account, essential for students of the Third Reich and all champions of freedom against tyranny."
An extraordinary memoir, 65 years after the fact, of the German military officers' plot to assassinate the Führer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1999

"A well-researched warning that the US and the West must have the best technology and trained personnel to survive in a partially hostile and competitive world in which US air power is once again being tested."
A highly detailed report of the rapid development of jet aircraft, which became the heart of US global power just as Britain's sea power was in the 19th century and before. Read full book review >

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REX FINDS AN EGG! EGG! EGG! by Steven Weinberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Young dinosaur fans will like this solo debut for Weinberg a bunch, bunch, bunch. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An exploding volcano, an unseen cliff, flying predators and other hazards challenge a dimwitted young T. Rex with a precious burden and a monosyllabic vocabulary. Read full book review >

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YANKEE DOODLE by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"Kellogg has also provided fascinating notes about the history of the song and glosses about antiquated expressions. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
The full text of Yankee Doodle finds a perfect counterpart in exhilarating pictures of the little hero's romp through the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >

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A PENGUIN PUP FOR PINKERTON by Steven Kellogg
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"It keeps everything humming along on the visual plane so much so that there's no need for a real story to back it up. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The latest Pinkerton from Kellogg is a bit too all over the place to sustain an actual story line, and Pinkerton is too distracted to play even a fantasy role of a father. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERIOUS TADPOLE by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1977

"A stock situation, right up to the enormous egg that arrives for Louis' next birthday—but Kellogg's zesty embellishments propel it along."
Kellogg tosses off one fantasy within another, as Alphonse, the tadpole Louis' Scottish uncle sends him for his birthday, develops into something more like a dinosaur than a frog and the authorities refuse to allow Louis to keep his pet in the junior high school swimming pool. Read full book review >

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THE CHRISTMAS WITCH by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Worthy, but the parts are better than the whole. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Gloria is an oddball at Madame Pestilence's Academy for Young Goblins and Witches: Her spells don't work, and she keeps smiling, even while eating cockroach casserole. Read full book review >