Search Results: "Toby Lester"


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Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Leonardo-lite, but the illustrations are illuminating and da Vinci's life is inspiring."
Atlantic editor Lester (The Fourth Part of the World: The Epic Story of History's Greatest Map, 2009, etc.) returns with another narrative-on-crank, this time about Leonardo da Vinci's ubiquitous drawing known officially as his Vitruvian Man. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2009

"A swift, sweeping primer on the Age of Discovery and the legacy of mapmaking."
The history of a rare and priceless map, which serves as a window to the mysteries and marvels of the Age of Discovery. Read full book review >

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LITTLE LOUIE TAKES OFF by Toby Morison
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2007

"A passable addition to the bird-who-can't-fly-themed literature. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Little Louie, a small, black bird, is the only one of the chicks in his family who has yet to learn to fly. Read full book review >

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RUNNING WITH THE HORSES by Alison Lester
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Very well done indeed. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Aussie Lester crafts a believable wartime adventure loosely based on the World War II rescue of the Lipizzaner stallions of Vienna's Spanish Riding School. Read full book review >

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TESSA SNAPS SNAKES by Alison Lester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A concept book that is as entertaining as it is instructive. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The seven kids in Rosie Sips Spiders (1989) are back, each behaving in his or her unique way: different things make them laugh; they have seven secrets and seven fears, and each has a special way to earn pocket money and to send messages. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 11, 2016

"An engaging personal growth 'script,' casting the reader as a questing hero."
Two Canadian leadership coaches map out a process to cultivate inner awareness and outer effectiveness in this personal/professional development guide. Read full book review >

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CORPSING by Toby Litt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Violent, fast, mean, funny, and thoroughly satisfying."
Dinner with his gorgeous ex-girlfriend in an of-the-moment restaurant is made epically memorable for a London screenwriter when an executioner pops in and wipes out the date—and nearly finishes off the writer, who, badly banged-up, carries an understandable grudge. Read full book review >

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WRITE LETTER TO BILLY by Toby Olson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The bottom line: too much going on, too many coincidences to allow either the mystery or the search for deeper meaning to become credible."
An unsolved murder pulls together the varied threads of a story that relies heavily on coincidence in reuniting a father with his teenaged daughter, and a brother with his Siamese twin, while also self-consciously exploring memory and identity. Read full book review >

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INQUISITION by Toby Green
NON-FICTION
Released: March 17, 2009

"A persuasive proposal that two rich empires took a dark detour from Europe's Enlightenment and never completely recovered."
Images and insights distilled from a record of terrors inflicted over nearly four centuries. Read full book review >

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UTAH by Toby Olson
Released: June 3, 1987

"Beneath it all, though, it's fiction lite-style, with precious little that's original or meaningful."
Olson's outlandish novels (Seaview, The Woman Who Escaped from Shame) are, at their best moments, balanced with a risky imagination that can send a reader beyond incredulity and into fascination. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2014

"Self-indulgent and only occasionally interesting."
A Dutch-born woman's memoir about how she stumbled into an unexpected career as a globe-trotting photojournalist. Read full book review >