Search Results: "Carl Pletsch"


BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG NIETZSCHE by Carl Pletsch
NON-FICTION
Released: July 22, 1991

"In spite of its decisive tone, Pletsch's intriguing study is speculative and needs to be seen in relation to other studies of creativity."
Here, Pletsch (Intellectual History/Miami Univ., Ohio) describes both how Nietzsche consciously chose to become a genius and the cultural conditions that allowed him to do so—the cult of genius itself, its 18th-century secular origins, its function in a period of progress, and Nietzsche's redefinition of it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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ANGELA'S CLUB by Carl Turner
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A competent, engaging, though unsurprising, romance."
Turner's fiction debut is a romantic tale about a young doctor who discovers that life amounts to more than professional success. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 19, 2011

"The blowout was awful, but look at the bigger picture, writes Safina in this illuminating, monitory study: 'The real catastrophe is the oil we don't spill…the oil we burn, the coal we burn, the gas we burn…And as the reefs dissolve and the ocean's productivity declines, so will go the food security of hundreds of millions of people.'"
Oceanographer and nature writer Safina (The View from Lazy Point, 2011, etc.) etches an emotional topography of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil blowout. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >