Search Results: "Bruce Kaplan"


BOOK REVIEW

MONSTERS EAT WHINY CHILDREN by Bruce Kaplan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"There's nothing to whine about here. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Cartoonist and TV writer Kaplan delivers a witty, tightly controlled picture-book debut brimming with humor. Read full book review >

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COUSIN IRV FROM MARS by Bruce Kaplan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

"Clever, but the sophisticated humor seems aimed at older readers and adults. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sometimes relatives are so weird that they seem to be from outer space. This one just happens to be from Mars. Read full book review >

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MEANIEHEAD by Bruce Eric Kaplan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2014

"While most children will be able to relate to the raw frustration that Kaplan so effectively captures, it will take sophisticated readers who are familiar with dark humor to enjoy this over-the-top fable about the consequences of unfettered will. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Henry and Eve, the constant complainers from Monsters Eat Whiny Children (2010), are going through a "new, terrible phase." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Gourmet reading—rich in ideas, global references and amusing and provocative examples, served with great style."
The mother-son co-authors of Chances Are…: Adventures in Probability (2006) turn their considerable authorial skills and wit to human behavior, from our isolated cave-dwelling ancestors to today's globalized, interconnected world. Read full book review >

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I WAS A CHILD by Bruce Eric Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Childhood memories dominate, but the last years of his parents bring to the fore the melancholy that has been there all along."
Dry, droll observations from the author's childhood, with an undercurrent of understated sadness. Read full book review >

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A MORNING AFFAIR by Janice Kaplan
Released: May 26, 1989

Here, Kaplan (author of the nonfiction Women and Sports, 1979; and mass-market YA romances) offers a vacuous-even-for-the-genre glitter novel about a glamorous TV reporter who hits the big time in N.Y.C. One reason why Barbie-doll heroine Jackie Rogers is so unbelievable is that author Kaplan insists on giving her such pretensions—the 27-year-old Rogers is a Radcliffe grad who reads Kierkegaard and Stendhal, knows her Jasper Johns, and can recognize obscure German filmmakers at 30 feet way in poorly lit cafes. Read full book review >

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GRENDEL'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND WAR by A.E. Kaplan
Released: April 18, 2017

"A clever spin on a weighty classic. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
Tom Grendel battles unruly neighbors and honors family history, all with an eye on the girl next door, in this witty debut novel and homage to Beowulf. Read full book review >

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LOOKS TO DIE FOR by Janice Kaplan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"There's an actual mystery buried deep in the bowels of this Perils-of-Pauline-in-Prada for those as determined as Lacy to find it."
Kaplan (The Botox Diaries, 2004, etc.) introduces an interior decorator who risks her life and drops a slew of brand names en route to clearing her plastic-surgeon husband of murder. Read full book review >

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TWO GUYS FROM VERONA by James Kaplan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Nervy, packed with stinging riffs on consumer rituals and passions: fiction that dares to hold a mirror up to our laughable, worrisome souls."
A pair of old high-school chums—one yuppie-rich, the other a slightly schizo slacker living at home with Mom—change places in this witty, unexpectedly moving take on our (shallow, consumerist, frantic) times. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"A compelling story combined with thoughtful analysis of the development, application and limitations of a new model of applying American military power. EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was completed prior to the news of the Petraeus scandal."
How a group of farsighted Army officers gradually forced competence in fighting insurgents upon a hostile military establishment. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 22, 1994

"While the absorbing text includes statistical assurances as to air travel's relative safety, its behind-the-scenes reportage on JFK is not calculated to instill much confidence in either frequent or occasional fliers."
Just when you thought it was safe to fly away on a summer holiday, along comes this almost indecently gleeful reminder that the sky, even more than the sea, can be terribly unforgiving of mistakes. Read full book review >

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UNRAVISHED by Hester Kaplan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2014

"Although the insights are sometimes too explicit, Kaplan's stories confidently, capably explore the switchbacks of human interaction."
Relationships—flawed, ruptured, secret, evolving—are sifted and scrutinized in this latest collection from Kaplan (The Tell, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >