Search Results: "Arno J. Mayer"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 2008

"Perspicacious, evenhanded and well grounded—a critical, contextually rich study of the Jewish-Palestinian imbroglio."
How one people's dream, the establishment of a Jewish state, became another people's nightmare. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"Mayer claims to 'brush history against the grain'—in fact, he succeeds mostly in brushing against the facts."
An analysis of the "furies" (both left and right) of the French and Russian Revolutions that gets lost in a time warp. Read full book review >

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RUBY REINVENTED by Ronni Arno
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A superficial story that's mildly amusing but neither especially plausible nor deeply engaging. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Ruby, 12-year-old daughter of a major league pitcher and a popular model-turned-television star who are plagued by paparazzi, discovers her California "friends" want only to gain access to her famous parents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 26, 1995

"An authoritative, user-friendly perspective on the shape of things to come on a small planet."
A world-class scientist's upbeat appreciation of what the rapid gains in computer and communications technology could mean in the workplace. Read full book review >

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THE STONY HEART and B/MOONDOCKS by Arno Schmidt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 1997

"And here's hoping translator Woods is at work on the rest of Schmidt's demanding rewarding oeuvre."
The Stony Heart and B/Moondocks ($49.95; Dec. 10, 1997; 424 pp.; 1-56478-170-4): The concluding installment of translator Woods's stupendous four-volume edition of ``the German Joyce's'' Collected Early Fiction, 19491964. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1992

"A private and highly idiosyncratic meditation on the nature of evil, masquerading as clinical psychology."
A psychological treatise of some originality and depth that shoots itself in the foot through the absurdity of its applications. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING VERY SORRY by Arno Bohlmeijer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"Perceptive and engrossing. (Fiction. 9-11)"
An authentically childlike voice animates this sad tale of a nine-year-old and her family hospitalized after a devastating auto accident. Read full book review >

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TOO MANY DINOSAURS by Mercer Mayer
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Eye candy for dinosaur fans, with piles of yard-sale goods and other junk on hand that will reward closer looks. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The plot doesn't exactly make sense, but that hardly matters when the pictures show a suburban neighborhood suddenly overrun with humongous dinosaurs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 19, 1995

"An excellent starting point for fuller study, thanks to a well-annotated reading list that includes popular texts as well as primary sources."
This detailed account of the role of microbes in human history offers an important corrective to the widespread belief that exercise, hygiene, and the right diet are all you need to live a long and healthy life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"As most of the dire visions and passages have been de-emphasized, this isn't exactly a balanced view, but what remains are expressions of tough love, and hope, that may be balm for troubled readers in troubled times. (Source list) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Mayer follows up Seeing Jesus In His Own Words (2002) with a similarly sumptuous return to the previous Testament, profiling 20 prophets and characterizing their messages on spreads bordered by wide, parchment-patterned bands and illustrated with European religious art from the last dozen or so centuries. Read full book review >

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YOUNG MARY OF NAZARETH by Marianna Mayer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Particularly good reproductions of the artwork coupled with a well-written story make this an appealing, empowering volume. (Picture book. 7-11)"
A personal interpretation of the Virgin Mary's girlhood, illustrated with luminous reproductions of fine art by Giotto, Fra Fillipo Lippi, Rossetti, Georges de La Tour, and others. Read full book review >