Search Results: "Ben Montgomery"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A quiet delight of a book."
A journalist's biography of the unassuming but gutsy 67-year-old Ohio grandmother who became the first person to walk all 2,050 miles of the Appalachian Trail three times. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Laced with captivating color photos and capped with an array of facts and resources about bears of all sorts, this pared-down version of the adult title should be irresistible to bear lovers and budding naturalists alike. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
With characteristic verve, the author of The Tarantula Scientist(p. 182) reports on an expedition into Laos and Thailand, trailing an elusive new kind of bear—related to the indigenous Moon Bear, but with spectacular golden coloring. Read full book review >

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THE THINGS BETWEEN US by Lee Montgomery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2006

"Everyone with a terminally ill parent should read this spare account, which is damn near perfect."
The executive editor of Tin House magazine perfectly captures a middle-aged rite of passage: returning home to help a parent die. Read full book review >

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THE RAFTERS by A.C. Montgomery
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"A murky world filled with unrealized narrative and thematic potential."
Set in a richly imagined realm that fuses various elements of urban fantasy and science fiction, this grand-scale fantasy adventure revolves around a young man on a quest to understand and fulfill his mysterious and potentially world-changing destiny. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"Styled more as an adventure narrative than a traditional history, an enjoyable romp with Lewis, Clark, and Pike, along with an interesting introduction to the drama of Aaron Burr's failed attempt to establish himself as emperor of the Louisiana territories. (6 b&w illustrations, 6 maps)"
A good general history that portrays the Lewis and Clark expedition and the expeditions of Zebulon Pike as parts of a larger struggle to establish power in western America. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2006

"Travel fans will enjoy Montgomery's colorful, evocative narrative, but will want to take his survey of South Seas folklore with more than a few grains of salt."
Following in the footsteps of his missionary great-grandfather, Montgomery journeys to the remote South Seas in search of pagan rituals, native magic and the story of an early martyr. Read full book review >

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HAPPY CITY by Charles Montgomery
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"An elegant charting of the intersection of urban design and the ever-shifting conception and appreciation of happiness."
Canadian journalist Montgomery (The Shark God: Encounters with Ghosts and Ancestors in the South Pacific, 2006) explores the many ideas and movements seeking to change the structures and souls of our cities to make them more meaningful, heart-gladdening places. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2000

"The are electrifying, if fleeting encounters: with a baby dolphin turning its pink belly to the surface, or a pair of dolphins swimming by while (for all intents and purposes) holding hands."
Montgomery's (Spell of the Tiger, 1994) at times piquant voyage of wonder to commune with the pink dolphin of the Amazon is marred by writing so unfiltered and moony it makes your teeth ache. Read full book review >

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CITIZEN WORKER by David Montgomery
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"In sum, an academic's informed and densely annotated reflections on the paradox of freedom as it applied to earlier workers; offering few substantive links to 20th-century circumstances, however, the study's appeal appears limited to specialists."
A perceptive but pedantic look at the socioeconomic and political lot of America's 19th-century working class. Read full book review >

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JUST AN ACCIDENT by Amy Montgomery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 30, 2004

"Occasionally overwritten and melodramatic, but truly inspiring."
A compelling true story of a logger who perseveres after an accident leaves him paralyzed. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 12, 2015

"A fascinating glimpse into an alien consciousness."
Naturalist Montgomery (Birdology, 2010, etc.) chronicles her extraordinary experience bonding with three octopuses housed in the New England Aquarium and the small group of people who became devoted to them.Read full book review >