Search Results: "Curt Leviant"


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PARTITA IN VENICE by Curt Leviant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1999

"Messy and ill-conceived, but told with such unaffected sincerity and infectious delight that it becomes a real joy to read."
A madcap adventure abroad about a nice Quaker boy from Dartmouth who falls in love—twice—in Venice, which takes on the air of a perpetual Carnival in novelist Leviant's (The Man Who Thought He Was the Messiah, 1990) magical telling. Read full book review >

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KING OF YIDDISH by Curt Leviant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2015

"Leviant's quirky blend of irreverence, exuberance, and sobering history ultimately makes for a ragtag novel in which the author is clearly having a lot of fun—maybe more than the reader."
In what is decidedly not a typical Holocaust-themed book, a renowned Yiddish scholar struggles with an ailing wife, her changeable young successor, and his own decadeslong effort to avenge murders committed in a post-World War II pogrom. Read full book review >

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DIARY OF AN ADULTEROUS WOMAN by Curt Leviant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"A nice ride, even if it doesn't really go anywhere."
Leviant (Partita in Venice, 1999) has a way of pushing the envelope a bit farther than he ought, but there is a sincerity in his style that makes his pretensions forgivable and sometimes even lots of fun. Read full book review >

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MORE STORIES FROM MY FATHER’S COURT by Isaac Bashevis Singer
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Sure to delight all those Singer fans—especially those who feared that a fifth posthumous collection would never hit the shelves."
Enchanting sketches of a lost world. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1992

"Sampson fails to reach the authority and quality achieved by Michael Bamberger in To the Linksland (reviewed above), but his book has obvious appeal for golf-history and nostalgia buffs. (Sixteen-page b&w photo insert—not seen.)"
While it's arguable that 1960—as golf-pro turned golf-writer Sampson claims—was the watershed year for professional golf, it does offer a springboard for an interesting if slipshod study of golfing greats Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Ben Hogan at contrasting stages of their careers. Read full book review >

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GEORGE H.W. BUSH by Curt Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"An odd but endearing look at a president the nation is finally beginning to understand and appreciate."
A former speechwriter for George H.W. Bush pens a heartfelt appreciation of the president. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A wondrous exploration of how our interconnections are vast and abiding, past, present and future."
An "atomic field guide to yourself" and your surroundings. Read full book review >

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J. EDGAR HOOVER by Curt Gentry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 1991

"A revealing and grimly fascinating political horror tale- -which, however, too frequently caricatures Hoover as a sinister Çminence grise rather than as a 20th-century power broker shaped (or misshaped) by his late-Victorian upbringing. (Seventy-one b&w photographs.)"
Based on more than 300 interviews and 100,000 pages of previously classified documents, this enormous, blistering exposÇ seems hellbent on proving that the legendary FBI director had not feet of clay, but cloven hoofs. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"For the fan, this road trip through baseball's past and present will evoke memories of hot dogs, peanuts, announcers' voices, home runs, and the roar of the crowd."
A baseball lover chronicles the history of the sport by winding his way from one stadium to another. Read full book review >

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BIRDS by Shirley  Raines
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A sturdy and versatile curriculum companion. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
This square-format book consists of 13 spreads, each with a full-page close-up photograph of a common American species of bird. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 12, 2002

"A revealing look at the ins and outs of scientific research—and the ups and downs of collaboration and competition among scientists."
Easy-reading first-person account of research into the effectiveness of using fetal dopamine cells to treat Parkinson's disease, a venture that aroused controversy not just for its use of cells from human embryos but because the double-blind study called for half the patients to undergo sham brain surgery. Read full book review >

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FIELD NOTES FROM THE NORTHERN FOREST by Curt Stager
NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 1998

"Stager's upbeat short takes are like a day afield with an avuncular guide, paying tribute to his neck of the woods while inspiring the rest of us that getting in touch with nature can be as simple as looking around our own backyards. (illustrations, not seen)"
Short, personable essays enthusiastically explore the natural history of one of North America's largest (and possibly most overlooked) ecosystems. Read full book review >