Search Results: "Alan Ryan"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"His own story, however, turns out to be mundane. (8 pages b&w photos)"
Alexander sets a standard of thoroughness for future works on Paton, but the treasures unearthed by his impressive research are few and far between in this tell-too-much biography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RYAN WHITE by Ryan White
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1991

"Illustrated with photos. (Biography. 12+)"
Written with a producer of a TV special about Ryan White, this freewheeling account captures what endeared him to so many. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUCKY ALAN by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Lethem's humor ranges from rueful to sly to 'big silly,' and his careful, mostly unshowy writing has a gift for charming a reader into almost anything."
These nine stories by a leading American writer almost all bend away from realism, and one goes well into fantasy, while offering choice prose and insights. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALAN LOMAX by John Szwed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2011

"Despite its wealth of detail, this is a portrait left half-painted."
Overdue, hagiographic biography of the folk-song collector. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"This inspiring true story of survival, friendship and activism is never preachy, and the text, dotted with color photographs, carefully preserves a child's eye view throughout. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
When Ryan Hreljac's first-grade teacher explained that it would cost only $70 to build a well to supply clean water for an entire village in Africa, Ryan, with his parents' encouragement, decided to raise the money himself by doing household chores. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHESTER ALAN ARTHUR by Zachary Karabell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2004

"A dry life of a dry man, with a few intriguing glimpses into the Gilded Age."
An unmemorable president earns a fitting biography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALAN JAY LERNER by Edward Jablonski
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 9, 1996

"However, he relies on the standard literature in retelling Lerner's life, barely moving beyond a handful of well-known sources for further insights. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
Serviceable biography of a noted Broadway and film lyricist/librettist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEFENDING BILLY RYAN by George V. Higgins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 10, 1992

"So, though short on Victories-like shape and substance, this is shaggily entertaining—and another distinct, if minor, confirmation of Higgins's unique command of rueful language and rude incident."
Higgins produces a novel just about every year whether he's got a great idea for one or not. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"It will take more than this to make Dewey a sage for the '90s. (Photos, not seen)"
Dewey's eclipse as the county's preeminent public philosopher sparks this dense and earnest effort to restore his place in the American philosophic debate. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON TOCQUEVILLE by Alan Ryan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 11, 2014

"Ryan's excellent introduction makes Tocqueville's observations and anxieties vitally relevant for 21st-century readers."
Tocqueville's prescient analysis of American democracy, concisely and cogently explained. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 2012

"Provocative, illuminating and entertaining—an exemplary work of philosophy and history whose author's deep learning is lightly worn."
An ambitious survey not of politics itself, but of the way Westerners have thought about politics for 2,500 years. Read full book review >