Search Results: "Andra Serlin Abramson"


BOOK REVIEW

INSIDE STARS by Andra Serlin Abramson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A steady look into the high frontier, well above average in both content and design. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
This slender survey of the observable universe spreads itself a little thin but features plenty of foldouts and dramatic sky art. Read full book review >

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INSIDE DINOSAURS by Andra Serlin Abramson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"New York's American Museum of Natural History gets several plugs in the main narrative and the closing, multimedia resource list (two of the authors are employees), but that won't limit the audience for this above-average series entry. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Aimed directly at confirmed young dino-fans, this pleasantly specific overview covers not only the dinosaurs' distinctive physical characteristics (the authors include modern birds in the group) but the work of paleontologists in both field and lab, the types and typical life cycles of what are carefully dubbed "non-avian" dinos within each "clade," the mass extinction of 65,000,000 years ago (properly noted as likely due to several causes, not just an asteroid impact) and how new discoveries have refined theories about wings and feathers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANDRA by Louise Lawrence
FICTION
Released: April 15, 1991

"Entertaining, but seriously flawed. (Fiction. 11+)"
Two thousand years in the future, a misfit yearns for a long-lost planet. Read full book review >

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UNSAID by Neil Abramson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2011

"Readers will either adore or despise this combination of animal-rights zealotry and love-conquers-all spirituality."
The premise in lawyer and animal-rights activist Abramson's first novel—about a recently deceased veterinarian keeping her eye on the humans and animals she's left behind—is that the "consciousness" of all living beings must be respected equally. Read full book review >

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SHADOW GIRL by Deb Abramson
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"The memoir as reduced to recitals of dysfunction."
A competently written, unremarkable coming-of-age memoir. Read full book review >

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POSTMORTEM by Jeffrey Abramson
NON-FICTION
Released: June 19, 1996

"A small contribution to understanding an overblown story."
A collection of essays on this season's ``trial of the century,'' edited by lawyer Abramson (Politics/Brandeis Univ.; We the Jury, 1994). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Despite the surprisingly short shrift given to the Menendez trial, a terrific introduction to criminal defense by a master practitioner. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 150,000)"
Erik Menendez's defense attorney proves why she's one of the best in the business. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Scout appears to be a lovable dog, but much of the fun of new dog ownership is overshadowed by the author's persistent cadence of anxieties about puppyhood."
New York Times managing editor Abramson (co-author: Obama: The Historic Journey, 2009, etc.) chronicles her experience raising a boisterous new puppy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 30, 1994

"Brilliant, accessible scholarship that perfectly complements Stephen J. Adler's recent, anecdotal The Jury (p. 893)."
An eloquent and persuasive study of how the American jury system has degenerated since colonial times and what can be done to restore it. ``Jurors are forever smarter than assumed by lawyers working from manuals,'' writes Abramson (Politics/Brandeis; The Electronic Commonwealth, 1988), and he should know; he was a prosecutor in a DA's office. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 1992

"An unusual perspective that conveys an impression sometimes closer to the court intrigues of the past than to the supposedly more rational politics of the present. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
An absorbing account of the life of W. Averill Harriman, one of that remarkable group of ``wise men'' whose lives were so closely linked to the foreign policy of the postwar US as it emerged to world power; by a Washington correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 17, 1991

"A biography that stands on solid ground when celebrating Cook's virtues—respect for Eskimos, love of adventure—but otherwise sinks into the mud that has all but obscured the beauty of the polar quest. (Twenty-four photographs and two maps—not seen.)"
Another entry in the endless furor over who really discovered the North Pole. Read full book review >