Books by John Schwartz

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2012

"An honest, earnest, straightforward account of one boy's coming out."
A family's memoir of raising a gay son. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

Randy Newman famously sang, "short people got no reason to live," but Schwartz presents himself as living proof that being short is no obstacle to happiness or success. Functioning as both a memoir and an advice book, the narrative shares the author's experiences of growing up short in a culture that favors the tall and explores scientific facts about height. Using examples from marketing, mythology and psychology, it shows that the cultural obsession with height can be unhealthy and even dangerous and that prejudice against the short persists. The author offers readers sound advice on both how to avoid falling into the trap of believing shortness is synonymous with inferior and the healthy lifestyle everyone should pursue to realize his or her full potential growth. There are extensive recommendations for further reading and study. The narrative's conversational style is appealing and engaging, and its personal and objective insights are thoughtful and helpful. The author quotes Newman then successfully proves him wrong. (Nonfiction. 11-14)Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 19, 2000

"A sobering exposé; required reading for anyone concerned with the state of our medical preparedness."
Worries over domestic terrorism rarely extend to biological weapons; if the authors are correct, that may be a fatal mistake. Read full book review >
ENCHANTING THE SWAN by John Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A lively composition, shy of a perfect symphony."
In Schwartz's (Some Women I Know, 2014 etc.) novel, a passion for music brings together a young couple, though they discover that the path to true love can hit quite a few dissonant notes. Read full book review >
SOME WOMEN I HAVE KNOWN by John Schwartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"A wistful but spotty memoir."
Paying homage to his great uncle, an ex-World Bank professional makes his debut with a memoir featuring the series of women he encountered in his youth. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES

"An odd but alluring retelling of the works of an obscure author.

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Schwartz (Some Women I Have Known, 2015, etc.) reintroduces a forgotten Dutch literary giant in this work of literary criticism.Read full book review >
Maarten Maartens Rediscovered by John Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An odd, if oddly compelling, summarization of a forgotten writer's works."
Schwartz (Maarten Maartens Rediscovered, 2015) offers a second volume summarizing the fiction of a Dutch author. Read full book review >
FRANCINE by John Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A dramatically taut tale propelled by artful characterization and political relevance. "
A corporate novel chronicles a young woman's meteoric rise at a coal mining company. Read full book review >
SHIVER SNICKER SMOOZE by John Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A diverse set of witty and entertaining tales."
Romantics, killers, and animals populate Schwartz's (Enchanting the Swan, 2018, etc.) sundry collection of short stories.Read full book review >