Search Results: "Valerio Massimo Manfredi"


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A WINTER'S NIGHT by Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"A solid, credible, satisfying examination of the destruction of a way of life."
A novel from Italian author Manfredi (The Ides of March, 2009, etc.) that follows three generations of the Bruni family, sharecroppers in the countryside near Bologna, Italy. A modern chronicle, it begins just before World War I and ends in the politically turbulent period after World War II. Read full book review >

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SPARTAN by Valerio Massimo Manfredi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2003

"Call it a Spaghetti Epic: Manfredi's narration of ancient Greek history owes as much to John Ford and George Lucas as it does to Herodotus. But while this is a fairly accurate narration of ancient history, the private dramas involved are too outlandish and overdrawn to be read with a straight face."
Two brothers in ancient Greece, separated at birth, come together to rescue their nation in the Persian Wars. Read full book review >

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ABOVE THE THUNDER by Renée Manfredi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2004

"Longer and rather more drawn out than it needs to be, but a good account of friendship and loss, freshly narrated with a minimum of stereotypes and some sharply drawn characters."
The slow emotional thaw of a 53-year-old widow who manages to reorder her life post-husband, thanks to a troubled granddaughter and an embittered AIDS patient. Read full book review >

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WHERE LOVE LEAVES US by Renée Manfredi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 1994

"Daring and interesting, but also long and overly detailed, without a crowning message."
Nine intricately configured stories—many about fathers and daughters on the Italian south side of Pittsburgh in the 1960's—by 1993 Iowa Short Fiction Award co-winner Manfredi (see Williford, below). Read full book review >

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THE HUNGRY GHOSTS by Julius Lester
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Not just for Halloween, it's a solid, not-too-scary ghost story for any season. (Picture book. 5-9)"
When a sudden cold breeze wakes Malcolm David out of a sound sleep, he suspects ghosts and asks his ringring bird to wake him the next night "between Not-Yet-Yesterday and Almost-Tomorrow" to investigate. Read full book review >

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LONG LIVE THE QUEEN by Gerry Swallow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Clever, humorous sequel with a 'take-charge, kick-butt' heroine. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Blue in the Face (2016), 12-year-old, white Elspeth returns to the parallel world of New Winkieland. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"Best of luck to them from all whose insatiable appetites for picayune scandal and vicarious socializing will be at least momentarily appeased by this book. (photos, not seen)"
—A paean to hedonism" would be a better subtitle for this terminally trivial autobiography. Read full book review >

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THE COM DIET & SPOT REDUCTION by Massimo Spattini
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"A comprehensive, original contribution to a burgeoning field of physiological research."
According to this book by Italian nutritionist Spattini (Anti-aging e lo stile di vita integrato, 2013, etc.), it may be time to thin out some long-standing ideas about fat loss. Read full book review >

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AT THE END OF A DULL DAY by Massimo Carlotto
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 7, 2013

"Carlotto (Bandit Love, 2010, etc.) provides a machine-gun pace, a jaundiced eye for political corruption and a refreshing absence of anything approaching a moral vision."
Giorgio Pellegrini's 11 years of playing it straight (The Goodbye Kiss, 2006) come to an shrieking halt when he finds out that his lawyer, a rising political star, has bilked him out of €2 million. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A useful introduction to sources on both sides of the science-philosophy divide."
A look at why both science and philosophy are necessary to "approach the perennial questions concerning how we construct the meaning of our existence." Read full book review >

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BLUE IN THE FACE by Gerry Swallow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A surprising heroine fulfills her destiny in this rollicking version of Mother Goose. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
After throwing a terrible tantrum, a horrid 11-year-old wakes up in a parallel world and discovers her true self. Read full book review >

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ALL ABOARD FOR DREAMLAND! by Melanie Harby
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 3, 2008

"Valério's brightly colored, stylized paintings, textured with visible brushstrokes and the occasional cutout piece of graph paper, are just jaunty enough to fuel this giddy trip to Dreamland. (Picture book. 2-4)"
"All aboard for Dreamland!" is the clarion call of this rhythmic bedtime read-aloud that opens with a giant megaphone blaring out a wavy set of railroad tracks. Read full book review >