Search Results: "Thomas P. Riggio"


BOOK REVIEW

AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2003

"It's America's Crime and Punishment."
A new edition of Dreiser's massive 1925 masterpiece, a thrillingly detailed social panorama onto which a vivid, sobering tale of ambition and murder and their consequences is painstakingly grafted. Read full book review >

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DREISER'S RUSSIAN DIARY by Thomas P. Riggio
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Dreiser or in the USSR of the 1920s."
Notes on Theodore Dreiser's two-month 192728 tour of the Soviet Union that provided the material for the book Dreiser Looks at Russia (1928). Read full book review >

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P by Andrew Lewis Conn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2003

"A writer to watch."
Patterned on Ulysses, crammed with an entire liberal arts education, this debut's vast ambition goes up against Conn's obvious and genuine talent: against all odds, talent wins. Read full book review >

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I AM THOMAS by Libby Gleeson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"It is far beyond the emotional understanding of the usual picture-book audience and ultimately without substance or purpose for older readers. Dark, bitter and disturbing. (Picture book. 13 & up)"
"March to the beat of your own drummer and never look back," appears to be the theme of this picture book for teens. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"The end result ought to be risible, but Jarvis pulls it off, to stunning effect. (Horror. 10-14)"
A rousing tale of horror and heroism, this last prequel to the Deptford Mice trilogy stands well alone, as the doughty shipmouse Thomas Triton at last reveals his tragic past. Read full book review >

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WHO P-P-P-PLUGGED ROGER RABBIT? by Gary K. Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 1991

"The perfect bookstore browse, though most readers will have had their fill before reaching the register."
Wolf's sequel to Who Censured Roger Rabbit?, the basis for the wildly successful film, presents private eye Eddie Valiant with some conflicting jobs: Roger Rabbit wants him to find out whether Clark Gable's beaten him out for the lead in Gone With the Wind—as well as out of wife Jessica's affections; David Selznick wants him to investigate the theft of a mysterious box from his office (the suspects are the three actors auditioning for Rhett Butler: Gable, Baby Herman, and Roger); Gable wants Eddie to find out who's been planting tabloid stories that say he's gay; and the murder of shadowy toon Kirk Enigman with Eddie's own gun sparks a search for the secret formula for Toon Tonic, which turns people into animated Toons (and vice versa). Read full book review >

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J. P. by John Mooers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2013

"A history buff's guilty pleasure, offering a behind-the-scenes peek into the world of a man whose impact on society lasts to this day."
A historical novel that paints an intimate portrait of J.P. Morgan, U.S. banker, financier and philanthropist. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Some mild friction between two bright men sparks striking observations about music."
Edited transcripts of nine intense interviews with the celebrated British composer. Read full book review >

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DYLAN THOMAS by Andrew Lycett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 4, 2004

"Scrupulously researched but overly detailed."
The British biographer of Ian Fleming and Rudyard Kipling memorializes the chaotic and abbreviated existence of the 20th century's most Romantic poet. Read full book review >

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DOUBTING THOMAS by Atle Naess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2000

This 1997 novel by a prominent Norwegian author assembles the testimony of nine "witnesses" to explain a scandalous incident in the year 1606: it seems the celebrated (and impulsive) painter killed a man in a duel, then fled from Rome into a prolonged exile. Read full book review >

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THOMAS MANN by Ronald Hayman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1995

"An important, accomplished work, containing the outlines of a less professional, more passionate look at Mann and his family that, while yet unwritten, might someday provide drama to match the master's. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Veteran biographer Hayman (Tennessee Williams, 1994, etc.) painstakingly traces the great German novelist's progress from anatomist of fin-de-siäcle decadence to august personification of his nation's conscience. Read full book review >

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MY THOMAS by Roberta Grimes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 1993

"Historically accurate and sincere—but also a redundant, overly precious patchwork of a courageous woman's private thoughts and the colorful American life swirling around her."
A pedantic, tedious hardcover debut in which Grimes (the paperback Almost Perfect) presents an imaginary journal kept by Martha Jefferson, beloved wife of Thomas, during the passionate but tragically few years of their marriage. Read full book review >