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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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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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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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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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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PERILOUS FRIENDS by Carole Epstein
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 18, 1996

"Susan Isaacs goes Canadian in this piquant first novel, with Barbara's breezy commentary and her cronies' unblinking, eternal adulteries more than compensating for the overstuffed, underconvincing double plot."
Of course, they don't seem perilous; they're just Barbara Simons's second cousin Susan Porter and her childhood friend Joanne Cowan, crack TV investigative reporter. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Dickensian in every sense of the word, especially Victorian eccentricity and Pickwickian good humor. (illustrations, not seen.)"
In the sort of labor of love Dickens inspires, Epstein, author of The Friendly Shakespeare (not reviewed) and sometime university lecturer, has written her well-informed and engaging pop reference for those sick of the annual maladaptations of A Christmas Carol and students who have encountered them only as "textbooks, not novels.— Dickens biographers and scholars have been hard at work since Edmund Wilson to dismantle Dickens's respectable Victorian facade, usually with Freudian tools, but The Friendly Dickens balances demystification with erudition as it encapsulates his prodigious work and literally Dickensian life. Read full book review >

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PERILOUS RELATIONS by Carole Epstein
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 4, 1997

"Different and diverting entertainment most of the way."
A second outing for fortyish, self-styled busybody Barbara Simons (Perilous Friends, 1996), who lives in Montreal on a substantial severance package from her terminated, high-level job with PanCanada Airlines. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Humane, razor sharp, and charmingly told: a must for anyone interested in the story of how books are made."
Everything you wanted to know about the publishing industry in seven easy lessons. Read full book review >

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SNOBBERY by Joseph Epstein
NON-FICTION
Released: July 9, 2002

"By a snob, of snobs, and for snobs: a nice example of the art of the essay."
Clever, prolific Epstein (Narcissus Leaves the Pool, 1999, etc.) turns his wit to the pernicious, universal failing previously addressed by such worthies as Edith Wharton, Tom Wolfe, Russell Lynes, and even Father Mencken, among countless others. Read full book review >