Search Results: "Benjamin Lorr"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Meticulously researched, suspenseful and engrossing."
A comprehensive examination of hot, competitive yoga, its cultlike following and the author's immersion into the practice. Read full book review >

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SUSAN SONTAG
by Michael Valinsky

In her new short story collection, Debriefing, Susan Sontag showcases her incredible skill at drawing readers in through jarring narrative gestures, confusing character arcs, and an unremittingly flirtatious tendency to poke fun at the possibilities of the imagination. “As a young writer Sontag wasn’t interested in the more conventional kind of fiction that was based in scene-making. She was after ...


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FAREWELL FLOPPY by Benjamin Chaud
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Predictable and only mildly amusing; no need to hop to this one. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A boy tries to abandon his pet rabbit only to discover—surprise!—he can't live without him. Read full book review >

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THE BEAR'S SEA ESCAPE by Benjamin Chaud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"As charming as two bears can be. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Papa Bear is once again in hot pursuit of Little Bear in this visually delectable, seek-and-find sequel to Chaud's award-winning The Bear's Song (2013). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2000

"A provocative thesis—but so slender that DeMott fleshes it out with examples and summaries that at times seem more superfluous than essential."
A distinguished social critic argues that advances in women's rights are threatened by pervasive cultural pressures to adopt the more noxious aspects of traditional masculine behavior—the "kickbutt culture." Read full book review >

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Released: April 3, 2003

"Many befittingly spacey ideas here, but a few prizes as well."
Whatever happened to those dreams, wonders freelance journalist Benjamin, those "utopian, escapist, and conquistadorial hopes" once fueled by the American space program? Read full book review >

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THE PARTISAN by Benjamin Cheever
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"All in all, a mess."
Once again, Cheever (The Plagiarist, 1992) chronicles life with a distinguished writer—in a novel that's even more diffuse than his first. Read full book review >

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BLUE by Benjamin Zucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2000

"The various materials assembled here might add up to a novel, but not without greater authorial inventiveness."
The author of several nonfiction books on gems and jewelry draws on his expertise for an ambitious first novel of challenging design. Read full book review >

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FAMOUS AFTER DEATH by Benjamin Cheever
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 1999

"Hilarious and just bad-natured enough to be cruel (that is, accurate) in its satire of modern greed and modern fame: an across- the-board winner."
John Cheever's son (The Partisan, 1994, etc.) follows in the footsteps, if not quite in the spirit, of his father in this witty send-up of politics, publishing, and crime—and of the synergy they generate on really good days. Read full book review >

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WOLF ON A STRING by Benjamin Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Patient readers in no hurry will savor Black's dark, vivid mural of Prague at the turn of the 16th century."
The first night a young scholar arrives in Prague (in 1599) he becomes entangled in court intrigue and murder. Read full book review >

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SHERWOOD NATION by Benjamin Parzybok
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Keeping Portland weird with a well-written tale of an American insurgency."
In the midst of a slow apocalypse, a defiant young organizer takes up arms against her local government and empowers her community to take care of itself. Read full book review >

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ELEGY FOR APRIL by Benjamin Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"This tale of two families—April's clearly dysfunctional, Quirke's nearly so—is the most conventional of the pathologist's three cases to date (The Silver Swan, 2008, etc.)."
Alcoholic Dublin pathologist Quirke emerges from rehab in the 1950s to an urgent request from his daughter Phoebe to find an even more troubled daughter. Read full book review >