Search Results: "David M. Halperin"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Unfortunately, like Foucault's work itself, probably too arcane for a general readership."
A self-described ``worshipper'' of Foucault takes on critics of the philosopher in two interrelated essays dealing with Foucault's sexual politics and his biographers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO BE GAY by David M. Halperin
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"An unsatisfying and scattered analysis."
Halperin (History and Theory of Sexuality/Univ. of Michigan; What Do Gay Men Want?, 2010, etc.) attempts to deconstruct various aspects of gay male culture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOURNAL OF A UFO INVESTIGATOR by David Halperin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2011

"Whether it's a nervous breakdown with flying saucers or a Burroughs-like odyssey through religious allegory, this novel never coalesces into a convincing story."
An adolescent boy copes with his religious heritage and personal demons through a staggeringly lush fantasy life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRE AND RAIN by Ian Halperin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Despite the amount of time Halperin spends on Taylor's considerable difficulties, the affection he has for Taylor's music, best exhibited by the interviews with fans that are scattered throughout the book, shines throughout."
The turbulent life, loves, and career of pop star James Taylor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"A captivating study of medical innovation, the fallibility of science and two adventurous minds."
The wonderfully witty Friedman (A Mind of its Own: A Cultural History of the Penis, 2001) moves on to a more serious subject: the heralded aviator's partnership with a Nobel Prize-winning surgeon on innovations that laid the groundwork for organ transplants, cryosurgery and the artificial heart. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 7, 2004

"Crisp, interpretive biography, taking intelligent measure of its controversial subject. (8 pp. photos, not seen)"
A careful depiction of the haunted energy of a radical Episcopalian bishop. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Surfman by David M. Schroeder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2013

"A fine historical yarn, sure to appeal to many fans of maritime adventure."
In this engaging debut novel of historical adventure, the first of a planned series, a man fights the dangers of the Atlantic and a conspiracy of white slave trading. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 1994

"However incomplete sociobiology and evolutionary psychology may be in explaining human relationships, they clearly affirm the value of raising the instinctual to the level of consciousness and the miracle, as Buss eloquently concludes, of modern marriage as a 'crowning achievement of humankind.''"
In a study involving over 10,000 people from 37 cultures, Buss (Psychology/Univ. of Michigan) uses evolutionary theory to explain the psychological mechanisms behind how and why people choose, keep and discard their mates. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILDE IN AMERICA by David M. Friedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2014

"Although Friedman fashions a lively narrative, this book does not significantly embellish the already well-known image of the outrageous, self-aggrandizing Wilde."
An account of the notorious author's American tour. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 26, 2007

"A warm, touching look at the power of laughter."
A guide to using humor to improve your life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PHARAOHS AND KINGS by David M. Rohl
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The Learning Channel will begin airing a series based on this book in mid-January. (four-color and b&w photos, line drawings)"
Egyptologist Rohl compellingly presents a groundbreaking analysis of archaeological evidence for the historicity of the early books of the Old Testament. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"A well-paced, revealing history of hard times."
An absorbing tale of a Southern prison whose name is synonymous with brutality. Read full book review >