Search Results: "Andrew D. Kaufman"


BOOK REVIEW

GIVE <i>WAR AND PEACE</i> A CHANCE by Andrew D. Kaufman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2014

"Kaufman's enticing invitation may well persuade readers to finally dive into one of the world's most acclaimed—and daunting—novels."
At 1,500 pages, with a cast of nearly 600 characters, the book Henry James called a "loose baggy monster" looms as an intimidating project. But Kaufman (Literature/Univ. of Virginia; Understanding Tolstoy, 2011, etc.) thinks reading it is worth the effort: "Times are tough, anxiety and fear are pervasive, and people are searching for answers to questions big and small." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"A disturbing portrait of the business of retirement-center development and the deracinated lifestyle it fosters."
A sharp take on care- and child-free "Active Adults" communities, where golf carts have replaced the automobile, downtowns are make-believe, the days are filled with sunshine and restrictive covenants enforce conformity. Read full book review >

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Keepers of Runes and the Tower of Shadows by Andrew D Cratsley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A somewhat flawed but promising debut that will appeal to hard-core fantasy fans."
In this debut fantasy thriller, a trio of mercenaries becomes embroiled in the machinations of a necromancer and his runaway daughter. Read full book review >

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DNA by James D. Watson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 2003

"A grand tour of epochal events in biology history."
Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Watson-Crick double helix model, and with a PBS series on the history of DNA hosted by Watson, this blockbuster recaps how it happened, what came before, where we are today, and what the future may hold. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF ELEANOR by Pamela Kaufman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Historical fiction for the Barbara Cartland set."
A romantic take on the powerful medieval queen. Read full book review >

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A GOOD, PROTECTED LIFE by Joseph Kaufman
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Still, for a first, hortatory novel, this has an appealing narrative bounce."
A strenuously talky chronicle of a transcontinental, religious search brightened by sprinklings of humor, detailed African settings, and some sunbaked theological speculations. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 30, 1997

"He makes us understand the joys of both in this frank, passionate book. (maps and drawings, not seen)"
You may not have found your loins quivering at the thought of a rose-throated becard, but Kaufman (Lives of North American Birds, not reviewed) has, and here he sings sweetly about the birder's ineffable fascination with all things feathered. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Kaufman went looking for a pizza and ended up on Wall Street, giving a revealing view into commodity markets and food pricing."
Beginning with a simple question—"Why can't inexpensive, healthy, and delicious food be available to everyone?"—Harper's contributing editor Kaufman (A Short History of the American Stomach, 2008, etc.) embarked on an odyssey into pizza kitchens, tomato fields, biotech labs, United Nations conference rooms and commodities exchanges. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Trawling Twenty Centuries by Alexander Kaufman
Released: April 26, 2013

"A delightful read for anyone interested in Jewish history, museum design, or the intersection of the two."
A professional designer describes his contribution to the research and development of a new museum. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 24, 2017

"In this bible of DNA information, Watson is as provocative and optimistic as ever."
A masterful summary of genetic science past, present, and future, from one of its prime movers. Read full book review >

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CONFISCATED! by Suzanne Kaufman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A good book on sharing and for sharing. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Bickering brothers resolve their differences and recover their confiscated toys. Read full book review >

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WOODY GUTHRIE, AMERICAN RADICAL by Will Kaufman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2011

"Not likely to hold wide appeal, but a solid choice for scholars and folk-music lefties."
Overdue rediscovery of folk music's great agitator. Read full book review >