Search Results: "David Farber"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

WITHOUT WINGS, MOTHER, HOW CAN I FLY? by Norma Farber
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Narahashi's soft watercolor washes make the pictures as compact as the text, while the jacket painting, of the mother's skirt twirling as she spins the child around off his feet, sets the tone and invites readers into the pages. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Farber's comforting question-and-answer session between a boy and his mother forms the basis for Narahashi's exuberant scenes of sharing. Read full book review >