Search Results: "Carl N. Degler"


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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1991

"Wonderfully written history that provides a challenging perspective on what it is (or what people have thought it is) to be human."
The sobering conclusion one reaches at the end of this immensely informative and detailed history of social thought is that there is more to human nature than earlier commentators have imagined. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Good for one-on-one sharing or paired with titles such as Saxton Freymann's Fast Food (2006) for a festive, food-themed storytime. (list of foods portrayed in each photo) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Peek into worlds where the trees are made of broccoli and the clouds of sweet meringue. Read full book review >

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ALL KINDS OF CARS by Carl Johanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"The absence of a well-told storyline makes the book feel static, but kids who love cars will enjoy this crazy compendium and will be engaged by the imaginative take on a traditional subject. (Informational picture book. 2-4)"
Can there be room for yet another picture book about cars? Apparently. Read full book review >

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PAYBACK TIME by Carl Deuker
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Nicely played. (Mystery. 12 & up)"
After losing the election for editor, Mitch True, an overweight aspiring journalist, is assigned to be the sports reporter for his high-school paper. Read full book review >

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GUTLESS by Carl Deuker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"The sports may hook readers, but the bullying will land them. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Adding layers of complexity to the interactions of athletes, this sports novel set in Seattle offers a twofer: football and soccer. Read full book review >

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MARX, DECEASED by Carl Djerassi
Released: Aug. 2, 1996

"Charming characters and clever prose, though few readers are likely to care about the issue of peer review as much as Djerassi evidently does."
Djerassi, a Stanford chemistry professor and the man who developed the first oral contraceptive, expressed his fascination with scientists' hunger for recognition in his first two novels (The Bourbaki Gambit, 1994; Cantor's Dilemma, 1989). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"Knowingly and gloriously boastful, but not nearly as entertaining as Djerassi's earlier memoir, The Pill, Pygmy Chimps, and Degas' Horse (1992)."
A memoir of the birth control pill's monumental impact on its creator's life, as well as a capsule history of the Pill's development—and a response to those who blame it for various current social woes. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"An absorbing read that probes our foibles and uncertainties with gentleness, wisdom, and humor."
Elliott (Bioethics and Philosophy/Univ. of Minnesota) examines the American fascination with "enhancement technologies," techniques provided by medical science for transforming, improving, or even discovering one's true self. Read full book review >

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THE LAZY BOYS by Carl Shuker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Absent clear guidance, take these lessons: Stay clear of beer bongs. And of this book, too."
A novel that begins with epigrams from the Pixies, the Clash and Milton has good potential. Don't let it fool you. Read full book review >

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Shades of Light by Carl Hitchens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2013

"A meditative collection to read outside, with the wind and one's breath commingling."
A personal vocabulary of strength and grace marks Hitchens' (Sitting with Warrior, 2010) new book of poems.Read full book review >

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SICK PUPPY by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 11, 2000

"Not top-drawer Hiaasen, then, but its selling points do include much sex, none of it in the missionary position, and a detailed concluding account of the characters— later lives, in the manner of Dickens on ‘ludes."
Will another unspoiled Florida island be turned into a paradise for golfers and crooked developers and politicians? Read full book review >