Search Results: "Alexandra Robbins"


BOOK REVIEW

PLEDGED by Alexandra Robbins
NON-FICTION
Released: April 14, 2004

"This lubricious inquiry may infuriate those who value their sorority pins, but for outsiders it's merely a tedious guide to the goings-on in chapter houses."
Cosmo contributor, Oprah guest, and Skull and Bones investigator Robbins (Secrets of the Tomb, 2002) offers a titillating take on sisterhood gone mad. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"Some worthwhile research here, buried under an off-putting amount of teenage trivia."
An overwritten account of the overachiever culture that is stressing out teenagers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 2011

"These stories are not just entertaining but important, reminding us to celebrate our quirks and those which we see in others as well."
Already known for providing readers a new angle on a familiar subject—e.g., college sororities (Pledged, 2004), obsessive students (The Overachievers, 2006)—Robbins now applies that same incisive inside scoop to the lives of high-schoolers who feel…different. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 6, 2002

"Short on juicy secrets, long on tedium."
New Yorker staff writer Robbins (co-author, Quarterlife Crisis, not reviewed) stretches a few secrets of the Yale secret society into a dreary extended narrative. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NURSES by Alexandra Robbins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"An insightful perspective on the realities of crucial health care providers."
An intimate look at the lives of nurses. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LAST DIARY OF TSARITSA ALEXANDRA by Alexandra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

Sketchy diary notes from Alexandra's final days of captivity will interest only experts and the most dogged devotees of the doomed Romanovs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AUTUMN LEAVES by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The book ends, fittingly, with an uncaptioned picture of a leafless tree; under its bough is a big pile of leaves. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Leaf identification books can be baffling to preschoolers collecting autumn leaves; whether the books feature minute silhouettes of trees and leaves, or full-blown full-color photographs of summer greens, they rarely display what a leaf looks like come fall. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOR GOOD MEASURE by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 2010

"Ordinary topic; extraordinary details. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
By tossing in tidbits of history, word origins and meanings, Robbins takes the everyday subject of measurement and makes it accessible, interesting and memorable. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEEDS by Ken Robbins
by Ken Robbins, illustrated by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Teachers will wish that Robbins had placed more emphasis on general seed facts, but overall this is a good beginning and a great resource in its photographs. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
Zoom in on some of the most common seeds and learn a few facts along the way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POWER MACHINES by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1993

"An unusually intelligent, well-designed presentation of a perennially fascinating topic. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-9)"
Pointing out that ``Power machines do what we do, but on a much bigger scale,'' Robbins uses his technique of judicious hand-tinting to clarify b&w photos of 13 ``awesome'' contrivances, each headed with a pair of vivid verbs (``Scoop and Dump''—payloader; ``Smash and Crack''—jackhammer; ``Hum and Spin''—steam-turbine generator) and a brief, lucid description (in using a tree spade, ``The plug of earth goes back in the hole where the tree originally was, and the landscape is hardly disturbed at all''). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RODEO by Ken Robbins
by Ken Robbins, photographed by Ken Robbins
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

In a departure from his characteristic still-life photos of bridges, tools, flowers, and the elements, Robbins (Earth, 1995, etc.) turns his camera to a much more kinetic subject—the rodeo. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAKE ME A PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A useful concept book with a succinct overview. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Planting and harvesting peanuts and wheat; milking cows; factory processing of peanut butter, baking bread, bottling milk; supermarket checkout counter; finished snack—all are clearly illustrated in photos captioned with a brief text. Read full book review >