Search Results: "David George Surdam"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Makes watching a replay of the lowest scoring game in NBA history—a 19-18 contest between the Minneapolis Lakers and Fort Wayne Pistons in 1950—seem exciting in comparison."
An unrelentingly dry look at the NBA's early growing pains. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 19, 2012

"Exceptional observations of the biological world worthy of any naturalist's library."
An extraordinary, intimate view of life in an old-growth forest. Read full book review >

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TO RUSSIA WITH FRIES by George Cohon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 1999

"Like the billionth Big Mac, it's not haute cuisine but is satisfactory on its own level. (32 pages b&w photos)"
The golden arches of McDonald's, resplendent in the dour precincts of Pushkin Square, are symbols of the triumph of capitalism. Read full book review >

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THE SONGS OF TREES by David George Haskell
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Haskell's message is straightforward and important: we are a part of nature, and the trees with whom we share our environment are vital parts of our lives."
Haskell (Biology/The Univ. of the South; The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature, 2012) uses the metaphor of song to capture how the "living memories of trees…tell of life's community, a net of relations" of which humans are "incarnate members." Read full book review >

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SO YOU WANT TO BE PRESIDENT? by Judith St. George
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A superb, kid-centered survey and a perfect way to enliven the perennial class unit on the presidents. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Just in time for the presidential election, St. Read full book review >

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SO YOU WANT TO BE AN INVENTOR? by Judith St. George
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions (2000) or Nathan Aaseng's thematic collective biographies. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Lightning doesn't strike twice for the award-winning team of So You Want To Be President? (2000). Read full book review >

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SO YOU WANT TO BE AN EXPLORER? by Judith St. George
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"First-class inspirational reading: funny, fluent and on target. (biographical 'glossary') (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
For young readers who don't fancy becoming President (2000) or an Inventor (2002), St. Read full book review >

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SCENT OF LOVE by Edla Van Steen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"It's a terrific piece of work."
A fine collection of two imaginative stories and a prizewinning title "novelette" from the Brazilian actress, cabaret singer, and little-known author of such lively other fiction as Early Mourning (1997) and A Bag of Stories (not reviewed). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS THE BIRD by George Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Soman's sensitive illustrations reflect the intimacy created by the memory of ancestral struggles and accomplishments; this is a moving tribute to familial bonds. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As a handmade wooden bird is passed down through several generations, each female relative endows it with a memory that adds to the family history. Read full book review >

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FALL OF MAN IN WILMSLOW by David Lagercrantz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A bookend of sorts to Bruce Duffy's fine novel The World as I Found It (1987); full of psychological insight though not much action."
Lagercrantz, heir to Stieg Larsson and author of the latest Lisbeth Sander installment, The Girl in the Spider's Web (2015), turns to a mystery of another sort.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 1997

"Eye-opening detail on cloak-and-dagger operations in a conquered capital city that once threatened to alter the balance of world power and breach the world's hard-won peace. (illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
A troika of erstwhile adversaries team up to deliver an absorbing and authoritative inside view of how American and Soviet- bloc intelligence agencies plied their offbeat trade in divided Berlin during the first 15 years of the Cold War. Read full book review >