Search Results: "D.F. Swaab"


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WE ARE OUR BRAINS by D.F. Swaab
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A cogent, provocative account of how 21st-century 'neuroculture' has the potential to effect profound medical and social change."
Modern scientific research has provided new insight into how the brain works at every stage of life and how chemical processes in the brain affect who we are and how we interact with each other. Prominent neuroscientist Swaab (Neurobiology/Amsterdam Univ.) is an ideal tour guide to these developments, taking readers chapter by chapter through a human life span of the brain. Read full book review >

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SAFE ON THIRD by D.F. Zorensky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2010

"A mighty swing, but out at home."
Zorensky's debut is a meticulous historical novel set during the 1940 U.S. presidential campaign. Read full book review >

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THE SECRETS TO RULING SCHOOL (WITHOUT EVEN TRYING) by Neil Swaab
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Max's proposed campaign and Swaab's oblique storytelling style are equally engaging, though the latter definitely tends to work better. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 10-12)"
Middle school newbies concerned about fitting in could do worse than fall for this breezy sales pitch from self-appointed "life coach" Max Corrigan. Probably. Read full book review >

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CLASS ELECTION by Neil Swaab
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Even readers with no political aspirations can pick up several useful cons. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Middle school hustler Max Corrigan ups his game to manage a hard-fought campaign for class president. Read full book review >

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WON RACE by D.F. Laborde
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2011

"A successful and compelling space opera full of grit and imagination."
A big, brash sci-fi epic about the destiny of warring planets and their respective inhabitants. Read full book review >

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SNOOKER GLEN by D.F. Whipple
Released: Dec. 4, 2006

"Tension is high as community and corporate power go toe-to-toe in this rural narrative."
Corporate powers take on the gritty and inimitable coal miners of Snooker Glen, Ky., during the strike of 1972. Read full book review >

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CHAPEL ON THE MOOR by D.F. Dempster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2014

"An elegant, surprisingly elegiac novel about the imposition of faith on the concrete world."
A novel that explores questions of faith and politics on the small scale of a provincial village. Read full book review >

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YET ANOTHER NASTYBOOK by Barry Yourgrau
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"Younger children looking for scary—but not too scary—tales and older reluctant readers will fall on Yourgrau's latest with glad cries. (Short stories. 7-9)"
After trying his hand at a novel, Yourgrau returns to the format of his first NastyBook (2005), offering several dozen surreal mini-melodramas, most running only a page or two with the occasional typographic flight of fancy, deliberately lame poem or (one hopes) consciously ugly line drawing chucked in for variety. Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Adam Mansbach
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Who says a middle schooler can't change history? It's all about being in the right place—and time. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Franklin Isaac Saturday mails himself in a box back to the 18th century to help out his pen pal and good buddy, "B-Freezy." Dude! Read full book review >