Search Results: "Andrew Solomon"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"An informative and moving book that raises profound issues regarding the nature of love, the value of human life and the future of humanity."
National Book Award-winning journalist Solomon (The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, 2001, etc.) uses issues raised by disability to examine the nature of parenthood, the definition of disability and the ability to control reproduction to create designer children. Read full book review >

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FAR AND AWAY by Andrew Solomon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"Agile, informative, even revelatory pieces that, together, show us both the great variety of humanity and the interior of a gifted writer's heart."
A veteran journalist and travel writer collects pieces dating back to the late 1980s. Read full book review >

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A STONE BOAT by Andrew Solomon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"An elegant and moving examination of a difficult subject."
Love and death make dramatic entrances in this elegiac first novel by nonfiction writer Solomon (The Ivory Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost, 1991) about a young concert pianist who plays for time while his mother is dying of cancer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 12, 2001

"So good, so vitally important, but so . . . depressing."
A reader's guide to depression, hopelessly bleak yet heartbreakingly real. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 1991

"Timely and enjoyable: a rich collage of personality and adventure."
An appealing if rather breathless account of double discoveries: that of London-based American journalist Solomon, who goes to Gorbachev's Moscow and finds a world of vicious deprivation and impenetrable strangeness; and that of the artists he meets along the way, whose long struggle against isolation and obscurity is rewarded with a sudden fame that brings its own disorientation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 25, 2017

"Virtually every teenager struggles with difference and identity; at its best, this book will help its readers understand and embrace intersectionality. (notes, further reading) (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
How do parents react when a child is far different from themselves—and how do those children cope with difference? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A commonplace book more full of sound bites than a political convention: perfect bedside reading for academics who want to drift off to sleep believing that they really can make a difference in recalling the education business to its true vocation."
The brothers Solomon—Robert (Philosophy/Univ. of Texas at Austin; A Passion for Justice, 1990, etc.) and Jon (Classics/Univ. of Arizona)—take a bracingly common-sensical approach—in the form of 137 sermonettes—to the problems everybody agrees are dogging the American university. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 1999

"While skewering the media, Solomon commits the same sins of which he finds them guilty: sensationalism, superficiality, banality."
Populist excoriation of the US media that amuses but never quite enlightens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIPE DREAM by Solomon Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2001

"Despite occasional descents into melodrama, Pipe Dream is the work of a talented newcomer passionate about his material. An impressive debut—and a writer to watch."
A staff writer for Philadelphia Weekly debuts with a searing tale of betrayals, self-betrayals, wasted lives—and addiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"An engrossing story that hints at the fragility as much as the triumph of democracy."
How a high-stakes 1937 power struggle transformed America's judiciary and government. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"Though too long and not always to the point, a somewhat useful piece for readers interested in natural resources and the geopolitics attendant to them."
Occasionally murky, slow-flowing study of the role of water in the making—and perhaps undoing—of civilization. Read full book review >

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THE GATES OF PURGATORY by Solomon Pike
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 9, 2013

"An imaginative, if uneven, tale of carnage, angels and the hereafter."
Pike delivers a debut fantasy novel about a war in the afterlife. Read full book review >