Search Results: "Carl Lipo"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 2011

"A fascinating new chapter of the unwitting but tragic decimation of the native Rapa Nui populations, brought about unwittingly by cultural contact rather than the decline of their own society."
Modern research techniques enable debut authors Hunt (Anthropology/Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa) and Lipo (Archaeology/California State Univ., Long Beach) to review the "mysteries" of the Easter Islands and offer some solutions of their own. Read full book review >

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SCAT by Carl Hiaasen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Hiaasen's third outing for young readers might be a little slow in pacing and the character types might be recognizable to experienced readers, but fans of Hoot and Flush (2002, 2005) will not be disappointed by this funny, believable, environmentally friendly tween thriller. (Thriller. 10-15)"
During a field trip to Black Vine Swamp, a suspicious "wildfire" breaks out, and much-feared and -reviled science teacher Mrs. Starch vanishes. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE DECEIVING DON by Carl Brookins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 20, 2008

"Brookins (Bloody Halls, 2008, etc.) makes the case a cluttered, low-energy affair that fizzles out instead of winding up. On the plus side, there is a distinctly original motive for Don Molinaro's demise."
A Twin Cities private eye investigates when a resident of the retirement home across the street is murdered. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMERICAN ISIS by Carl Rollyson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"A mostly successful attempt at a fresh understanding through analogies, but the enduring sadness of her loss threatens, as ever, to overwhelm."
The previous biographers of Plath (1932-1963) didn't really get it, writes Rollyson (Journalism/Baruch Coll.; Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A must-read for any parent frustrated or heartbroken over their child's difficulties striking out on their own."
Parenting expert and therapist Pickhardt (Why Good Kids Act Cruel: The Hidden Truth About the Pre-Teen Years, 2010, etc.) tackles the issue of recently graduated students failing in the "real world" and provides suggestions on how concerned parents can help. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TETHER by Carl Phillips
Released: April 1, 2001

"In the best cases, that hard thought flowers into feeling and makes the poems memorable."
Phillips's fifth collection is a difficult one of lean, stubbornly metaphysical lyrics. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE YELLOW DIAMOND by Carl Brookins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"In truth, the essential lack of mystery makes it not much of a case and gives Sean, despite his unruffled self-confidence, very little to do as a detective. But readers who prefer mildly facetious non sequiturs to challenging puzzles and strenuous action may just find that this modest little tale hits the spot."
Pint-sized Minneapolis private eye Sean Sean tangles with the shadowy forces who want to stop Jocelyn Bartelme's search for her great uncle, missing and presumed dead since 1944. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"But do credit Zimmer with this scholarly disquisition on two of evolution's most absorbing transformations."
Points to Zimmer, a senior editor at Discover magazine, for tackling unplowed ground in popular paleontology: no less than the movement of life from sea to land (over 350 million years ago) and the later reverse migration as land mammals returned to the sea. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2000

"A painlessly amusing walk around the old Dodger haunts in a Brooklyn that is no more."
Brooklyn's beloved "Oisk" recalls life in Ebbetts Field and after. Read full book review >

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BASKET CASE by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2002

"The giggles throughout, in fact, are authentic, but this time the crazies only nibble at the edges of the dutiful detective story instead of disporting themselves smack into the middle of things, as they've done in Hiaasen's more inspired crime comedies."
South Florida's master farceur takes enough off his trademark loony tunes (Sick Puppy, 2000, etc.) to fit some, though not all, the laughs into a whodunit. Read full book review >