Search Results: "Benjamin Anastas"


BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"An ambitious book, undone by its surfeit of symbolic meanings, leading—well, God knows where."
A satire on the state of the American soul comes partially dressed in the bygone literary conventions of such learned colonists as Jonathan Edwards. Read full book review >

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AN UNDERACHIEVER'S DIARY by Benjamin Anastas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 1998

"This is, however, on balance a first novel in need of a plot."
A wearyingly discursive if often very funny fictional autobiography in the form of a diary kept by the less accomplished of a proud progressive couple's deeply divergent twin sons. Read full book review >

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TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE by Benjamin Anastas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"The raw yet eloquent presentation of a life in crisis mode."
A miasma of misfortune hobbles a successful author's life and livelihood. Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Thomas S. Kidd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"A highly accessible study of an enigmatic yet influential faith life."
What did Benjamin Franklin really think of God? Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Brodersen's book is the best life of Benjamin we have and the best we are likely to have, until the archives are finally opened to scholars and biographers. (100 b&w photos, not seen)"
An even-handed account of the great literary critic's unlucky life, from his birth into Berlin's Jewish upper middle class to his suicide while in flight from the Nazis. Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Walter Isaacson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2003

"A little less sophisticated than H.W. Brands's The First American, but a solid contribution to Frankliniana all the same."
Nicely done life of "the most accomplished American of his age." Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 15, 1992

"Index. (Biography. 8-11)"
In the author's ``First Biography'' series (presenting more substantial information than his ``Picture Book'' biographies but still easily read): an excellent introduction with a goodly collection of revealing, not always familiar anecdotes enlivening a straightforward account of many of Franklin's most outstanding accomplishments, clearly set in their historical time. Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Milton Meltzer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1988

"This should become a standard work in juvenile library collections."
From a much-experienced biographer, a life of the protean writer-philosopher-scientist-statesman that readers should find both entertaining and memorable. Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Adam Mansbach
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Who says a middle schooler can't change history? It's all about being in the right place—and time. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Franklin Isaac Saturday mails himself in a box back to the 18th century to help out his pen pal and good buddy, "B-Freezy." Dude! Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Adam Mansbach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A mildly enjoyable if open-ended romp. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The author of Go the Fuck to Sleep (2011) joins Zweibel to craft a (somewhat) more conventional tale, featuring a seventh-grader who gets unexpected help navigating middle school rapids.Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN BRITTEN by Neil Powell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"As pleasurable as hearing Britten's music for the first time: familiar, but new and rich enough to keep you coming back."
A probing inquiry into Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), one of England's greatest modern composers, as well as a survey of mid-20th-century provincial England. Read full book review >