Search Results: "Toby Molenaar"


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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 >

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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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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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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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DOUBLEBORN by Toby Forward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Nevertheless, with its gorgeous language and thoughtful themes, this is a book to be savored rather than devoured. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Mirrors and magic collide in this third volume of a lyrical fantasy quartet. Read full book review >

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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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HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS AND ALIENATE PEOPLE by Toby Young
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2002

"Enjoyably bitchy specifics of Condé Nast culture, buried beneath tedious social analysis and self-deprecation."
Kiss-and-tell memoir of Young's ill-fated stint as contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2005

"Ultimately, not an account that does justice to its subject."
Lackluster history of an illustrious instrument maker. Read full book review >

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Released: May 12, 1986

"Is Olson one of our best unreadable writers?"
As he showed in Seaview (1982), Olson's mythic intensities can sometimes propel him beyond the most treacherous shoals of narrative foul-ups: plots that don't plot, turgid and repetitious accumulations of thematic touchstones, stilted dialogue, and incredible incidents—and bring him instead to some powerful if lurid imaginative constructions (a lot of this work reminds you of those tourist paintings on velvet). Read full book review >

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DORIT IN LESBOS by Toby Olson
Released: March 1, 1990

"Fascinating but flawed."
Never diffident, Olson (Utah, 1987; The Woman Who Escaped from Shame, 1986; etc.) again boldly mixes philosophy, art theory, and a good bit on the aesthetics of landscape gardeners with a story that more often than not reads like a thriller. Read full book review >

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BABAYAGA by Toby Barlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Great reading for a flight to Paris. Just stay away from witches, bathtubs and maybe the Metro once you get there—oh, and spooks, too."
Mix up Mad Men, Russian folklore, James Bond, An American in Paris, Gorky Park and maybe a hint of Franz Kafka, and you get something like, well, this decidedly odd and most entertaining sophomore novel by Barlow (Sharp Teeth, 2008). Read full book review >

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THE LIFE OF JESUS by Toby Olson
Released: Nov. 1, 1976

"A myth of initiation, then—intimate, truly touching, original."
I think there is one thing we hold in common," the narrator of this surrealist myth begins, "in our secret hearts, we each believe we were born of a virgin. . . . Read full book review >