Book Reviews

Machiavelli in Florence

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:30pm

May 3: The Italian humanist Niccolò Machiavelli was born on this day in 1469.

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The Hoover File

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:30pm

May 2: J. Edgar Hoover died on this day in 1972, eight days away from his forty-eighth anniversary as director of the FBI.

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Defining Themselves: Transgender Teen Lit

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Thu, 05/01/2014 - 4:46pm

Fiction and nonfiction for teens that explores life beyond male and female.

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May Day, May Day…

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:30pm

May 1: Historians cite the 1886 May Day parade in Chicago -- some 80,000 marching for an eight-hour workday, the Haymarket Square Massacre coming just days later -- as one of the pivotal moments in modern labor history.

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The Vanquished Enemy: Everest Above All

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:19pm

An alpine journey of "howling blizzards" and awesome views, from the author of The Steady Running of the Hour.

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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Wed, 04/30/2014 - 3:41pm

After the death of his wife and the loss of a rare volume, a curmudgeon of a bookshop owner finds a new meaning in the motto "No man is an island."  The witty and wise novelist Gabrielle Zevin has produced that most precious of things: a tale as entertaining as it is uplifting. 

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Paris at the End of the World

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Wed, 04/30/2014 - 2:41pm

During World War I, the sounds of artillery could be heard on the Champs-Élysées, but the threat of destruction seemed only to inspire Parisians to embrace life more fully.  John Baxter follows his grandfather's steps into a great city's days of peril and perseverance.

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Seeds of Ice and Fire

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Wed, 04/30/2014 - 2:27pm

Ten writers the Game of Thrones fan needs to know.

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A Broken Hallelujah

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Wed, 04/30/2014 - 10:05am

This is not a biography of Leonard Cohen: it's a spiritual odyssey.

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Wild Marvels

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Wed, 04/30/2014 - 9:50am

Charting the most unusual creatures inhabiting our sea, earth, and sky.

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Iain Sinclair

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Wed, 04/30/2014 - 8:57am

The author of American Smoke on the books that inspired his journeys into "unknown geographies."

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White at the World's Fair

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Wed, 04/30/2014 - 8:45am

April 30: The New York World's Fair opened on this day in 1939.

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More Generous than That

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Tue, 04/29/2014 - 5:09pm

A rock musician-turned-novelist takes the woes of three hard-luck Americans and makes them sing.

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Cavafy, Forster & Cohen

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 11:30pm

April 29: The Greek poet Constantine Cavafy was born on this day in 1863, and he died on this day in 1933.

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An Explorer's Notebook

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 11:12am

Nearly three dozen essays reveal the amazing mind of Tim Flannery: mammalogist, palaeontologist, environmentalist, global warming activist, and a man committed to not only understanding the universe, but improving our little corner of it.

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Pinter Party

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 11:30pm

April 28: Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, his first full-length play, opened on this day in 1958 in Cambridge, England.

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Malamud's Artistry

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 11:30pm

April 26:  "Broke what breaks. He was talking to me how bitter was his life…but the next minute his face got small and he fell down dead."

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A Shared Wilderness: Benjamin and Jennifer Percy

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 4:53pm

Sibling authors Jennifer and Benjamin Percy of the Discover Great New Writers program on terror's infection and the power of research.

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Young Man's Game

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:30pm

April 25: "[S]cience could be like baseball: a young man's game whose stars made their mark in their early twenties."

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The Lie

Barnes and Noble Book Reviews - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 4:59pm

Ghosts of the past haunt a fragile World War I veteran living on England's southern coast.

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