Search Results: "David Epstein"


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THE SPORTS GENE by David Epstein
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 2013

"Readers may feel overwhelmed at Epstein's avalanche of genetic and physiological studies, but few will put down this deliciously contrarian exploration of great athletic feats."
What makes a great athlete? Being born with talent was the traditional answer, but like so many traditions, it is under attack. Read full book review >

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ROOKIE DAD by Rick Epstein
NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 1992

"Despite an occasional lapse of good taste, Epstein's humor is engaging and his observations, though shallow, are sharp."
A lightweight but clever look at the sometimes comical, occasionally grievous, trials of modern suburban fatherhood. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"A cogent and satisfying primer on the mind of the perspicacious Gallic theorist who discerned a new form of government in America."
Essayist Epstein (Friendship, 2006, etc.) presents his take on America's most quoted, least vexing Frenchman in this latest addition to the Eminent Lives series. Read full book review >

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ATTENDING by Ronald Epstein
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Worthy reading for medical students and practitioners but also applicable to other fields: artists, writers, musicians, teachers et al. can also fall into formulaic ruts and autopilot behavior and need literally to change their minds."
Can the encounter between doctor and patient be improved? A renowned family physician thinks so, and he explains how in this compendium of a lifetime of experience. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 25, 2010

"Baseball fans and non-fans alike will revel in this loving look at a long-gone era."
A delightful history of the "weirdness, hairiness, overall funkiness, and sheer amusement" that was America's pastime in the 1970s. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1993 by Joseph Epstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 3, 1993

"A solid collection of 22 essays that, for the most part, draw us into the quietly entertaining pleasure of contemplating what makes humans tick."
``The style of the essayist is that of an extremely intelligent, highly commonsensical person talking, without stammer and with impressive coherence, to him- or herself and to anyone else who cares to eavesdrop,'' writes essayist Epstein in his introduction to this satisfying eighth volume of the annual series. Read full book review >

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REMEMBERING CHARLIE: A Pictorial Biography by Jerry Epstein
Released: April 16, 1989

A sweetheart, surely the most intimate and moving picture of Chaplin's last three decades that we will ever have. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDIN BOYS by Joseph Epstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 1991

Editor of The American Scholar and a prolific essayist (A Line Out for a Walk, p. 314, etc.), Epstein debuts in fiction with this collection of nine stories, almost all of them about middle-aged Jewish men who grew up in the West Rogers Park area of Chicago. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Life Sentences, however unexpectedly and puzzlingly lenient or harsh, at least shows that literature is worth arguing over, and it reminds us that there is much in it to profitably argue about."
Epstein (Pertinent Players, 1993, etc.) delivers literary appreciations and depreciations of an eclectic set of members of the Republic of Letters. Read full book review >

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SAN REMO DRIVE by Leslie Epstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"A modest work, but not slight. With a light touch, Epstein evokes the fear and exhilaration of youth—and the comforts and regrets of middle age."
Five interrelated tales of a leftist family in Hollywood during the McCarthy years and beyond, from longtime fiction writer Epstein (Ice Fire Water, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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JOE PAPP by Helen Epstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 1994

"Recommended for theatrical mavens and cultural historians. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
A sympathetic biography of the legendary New Yorkbased theater producer, who died in 1991. Read full book review >