Search Results: "David Farber"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 25, 1993

"An engaging study, shedding relevant historical light on today's multiethnic America."
Thoughtful, low-key survey of WW II Hawaii—the ``first strange place'' for almost a million US soldiers, sailors, and Marines. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"Still, while The Age of Great Dreams doesn't go far or deep in any direction, it illuminates broad areas of 60's life, forming a great introduction to the decade."
A brief, valuable look at the tensions that shaped the 60's, and the cultural and political movements that grew out of them. Read full book review >

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EVERYBODY OUGHT TO BE RICH by David Farber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2013

"A thoroughly researched book that will appeal mostly to a scholarly rather than general audience."
A comprehensive but unfortunately arid biography of John Jacob Raskob (1879-1950), whom Farber (History/Temple Univ.; The Rise and Fall of Modern American Conservatism: A Short History, 2010, etc.) depicts as a progenitor of modern capitalism. Read full book review >

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THE FACE OF THE DEEP by Thomas Farber
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

Farber (On Water, not reviewed), a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, is a lithe, spare stylist who deploys his language as "art, shield, music, weapon." Read full book review >

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POSTCARDS FROM A DEAD GIRL by Kirk Farber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2010

"A witty, tormented hero surrounded by fascinating, compassionate supporting characters makes this slender debut a surprisingly compulsive read."
High-strung young man grappling with grief and possibly supernatural incidents tries to pull himself together in Farber's quirky psychological potboiler. Read full book review >

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THE BEHOLDER by Thomas Farber
Released: Aug. 5, 2002

"'The mind grinds,' says writer earlier. So do reader's teeth."
From storywriter and non-fictionist Farber, an inert and self-involved second novel (after Curves of Pursuit, 1984) about an affair between an older man and a young woman. Read full book review >

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WHEN IT SNOWED THAT NIGHT by Norma Farber
POETRY
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Lovely. (Poetry/Picture book. 4+)"
Forget the legions of contrived tales about this animal or that making its way to the Manger; the late Farber (d. 1984), in an imaginative cycle of poems—whimsical, lyrical, and wise- -introduces a dozen creatures, follows their intersecting journeys, celebrates (in the title poem) the moment when they all help keep the melting snow from the Baby (``Cricket clung fast to a ceiling-hole,/Dove plugged a gap with his beak...Giraffe held his head against a crack...and the Three Grand Kings/raised a parasol...'') and, for balance, embellishes the story with three Queens who ``came late, but not too late,'' bringing ``a homespun gown of blue,/and chicken soup'' before hurrying home to their own children and chores. Read full book review >

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SEAGULLS DON'T EAT PICKLES by E.S. Farber
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 16, 2013

"It's rollicking fun and a welcome new series, a great boys' counterpart to such stellar girls' series as Ivy + Bean. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Combine the curiosity of three boys, the discovery of a map of an island and the legend of Captain Kidd's buried treasure and what do you get? A funny gem of a middle-grade mystery, the first of a series. Read full book review >

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ISLANDS OF THE BLACK MOON by Erica Farber
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"A time-filler for fantasy lovers and girl scientists when all the good books are checked out of the library. (Fiction. 8-11)"
An insipid but well-meaning fantasy adventure, in which the scientifically inclined heroine saves the day and proves she's not "some dumb girl." Read full book review >

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Released: April 5, 2012

"An inspirational celebration of the joys, meanings and challenges of senior life in LA."
A debut book of inspirational poems by a Los Angeles elder. Read full book review >

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OPERATION FIREBALL by E.S. Farber
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"The ending sets up the next in the series, which involves another bet: Will Fish enter the one-legged whaler's haunted house—on Halloween? Go fish! (Fiction. 8-11)"
Ahoy. The three intrepid boys from Seagulls Don't Eat Pickles (2013) are back in a nautical adventure. Read full book review >