Search Results: "Alvin Kernan"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"It's an honest story of collective courage, evocative, well-written, and fixed before the colors fade. (Photos and maps, not seen) (Book-of- the-Month Club/History Book Club selections)"
An unpretentious personal memoir of participation in WW II. Read full book review >

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IN PLATO'S CAVE by Alvin Kernan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"No diatribe at all, this work serves instead as an elegy for education as it once was."
This gentle, wise, yet tough-minded memoir will delight and inform anyone who—d like to understand the academic world of the last 50 years. Read full book review >

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GHOSTS! by Alvin Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Chess's tongue-in-cheek illustrations add a perfect gruesome touch. (Folklore/Easy reader. 5-8)"
From its foreword to its notes on ``Where the Stories Come From,'' this ``I Can Read'' collection of seven appealing, mildly scary stories is a model of authenticity: the simplified but effective retellings honor both their sources and their intended audience. Read full book review >

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LEARNING ABOUT AIDS by Alvin Silverstein
Released: Feb. 1, 1989

Trying to involve readers, the authors begin by inadvertently fostering stereotypical fears: there's a lot of whispering; perhaps you notice that your mother no longer kisses your fatigued uncle. Read full book review >

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THE GIFT OF THE TREE by Alvin Tresselt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 1992

"One of the best of a spate of spring books designed to encourage the treasuring of trees. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With a new title, larger format, and expansive new illustrations, a reissue of The Dead Tree, the prolific author's 1972 account of the natural end of an oak's long life: rotting wood attracts insects and then leaves holes that become homes for other creatures; after the tree falls, it continues to nurture and provides homes for the forest wildlife until ``there remained only a brown ghost of richer loam where the proud tree had come to rest.'' Sorensen, a Danish painter who also reillustrated Tresselt's Sun Up (1991), contributes sun-dappled, impressionistic illustrations that beautifully reflect an evocative text that's a reminder that just 20 years ago young children could be expected to take words like ``garner'' and ``moldered'' in their stride. Read full book review >

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WHO GETS WHAT—AND WHY by Alvin E. Roth
NON-FICTION
Released: June 2, 2015

"An exciting practical approach to economics that enables both individuals and institutions to achieve their goals without running afoul of the profit motive."
The co-recipient of the 2012 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences introduces what he calls the new economics of matchmaking and market design. Read full book review >

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THE LOST DIARIES OF FRANS HALS by Michael Kernan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"A loopy tale that manages to be both intellectual and fun. (4- page color insert of Hals's paintings, not seen)"
This smart, funny first novel from a seasoned reporter contains layers of meaning, yet keeps up a light and appealing tone. Read full book review >

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THE BALLAD OF WEST TENTH STREET by Marjorie Kernan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2009

"Blurry panorama of an unrealistic city."
Debut novelist Kernan excavates a small parcel of Manhattan turf and dissects its host of eccentric inhabitants: old and young, rich and poor, artfully rendered and not. Read full book review >

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An Ancient Calling by Alvin Kitzmann
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A well-researched but contrived debut."
Kitzmann's historical novel charts the journey of a precious Scottish heirloom across the ages. Read full book review >

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Mystic Claw by Alvin Luther
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2015

"A noble effort that strains for effortless poetry."
In Luther's debut mystical fantasy, a godlike wizard returns to the world he created and abandoned to impart wisdom on the misbehaving creatures he brought to life. Read full book review >