Search Results: "Curt Stager"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 2011

"Essential reading."
A probing exploration of the impact of climate change over geological time. Read full book review >

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THE STAGER by Susan Coll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2014

"Although the nastiness becomes repetitive, Coll's vicious depiction of upper-upper-middle-class suburbia is often excruciatingly funny."
Coll (Beach Week, 2010, etc.) ratchets up the level of wit and mean edginess in her newest satire, which chronicles the absurd efforts put into marketing a high-end house outside Washington D.C. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ACCIDENT STAGER by Susan Moss
Released: July 19, 2012

"A novel out of focus in content and form."
Artist Moss pens a novel assembled from two stories based on real-life events—that of a staged accident and that of the victim. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >