Search Results: "David Wolman"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Sprightly history that sensibly balances the merits of standardization against the forces for freedom."
A romp through Anglo-Saxon orthography, from ninth-century monks matching letters with sounds to 21st-century spelling bees. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A nicely balanced blend of pop science and personal essay, and just the thing for the family southpaw."
Science journalist Wolman offers a spirited defense of left-handedness, which he takes to be one more sign of the wondrous diversity of nature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 2012

"An intriguing book on a topic that many readers have always taken for granted: the cash in their purses and wallets."
Alternating between in-depth reporting and personal rumination, Wired contributing editor Wolman (Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to Email, the Tangled Story of English Spelling, 2008, etc.) tries to figure out what a cashless society would mean and whether it is an idea whose time has come. Read full book review >

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TAKING TURNS by Bernice Wolman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"The 26 poems are of good quality and mostly familiar, as are their subjects—animals, weather, moods, books, etc. Not essential, but very attractive. (Poetry/Picture book. 5-9)"
A nice idea: paired poems on the same subject but of varying difficulty, the easier ones—for new readers—on the right, imposed on full-page watercolors that gently set the stage without outshining the poems; the left-hand poems—intended for adults to read aloud—on delicate backgrounds with decorative patterns that also refer to the subjects. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 12, 1997

"A deliberately provocative text whose subtext seems to be that the world and transnational enterprises owe US workers a better living. (Author tour)"
A bleak antimarket assessment of the postCold War outlook for American workers. Read full book review >

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DAVID SAMUEL LEVINSON
by James McDonald

“I'm just furious,” David Samuel Levinson says, agitation lending his voice both energy and an edge. “I'm furious that we have to talk about this in 2017.” It was less than a month into the new administration when we discussed his novel, Tell Me How This Ends Well, and the dangerous implications for minority groups of ...


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DAVID OWEN
by Alex Layman

The American West has long been a place of myth and wonder, of dramatic canyons, mesas, and mountain ranges. These dramatic landscapes have wooed Americans for centuries, and The New Yorker’s David Owen isn’t immune to its siren song. Though Owen has lived in Connecticut for most of his adult life, he spent the summers of his youth in ...


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LOVE YA
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

I don’t read a lot of Young Adult/New Adult books, but I’ve become a fan of Huntley Fitzpatrick.

I think I’ve read all of her books now (and hope a new one is coming out soon!).

I just finished What I Thought Was True, and I invite you all to read it!

Sometimes, with YA, I feel ...


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DAVID BARCLAY MOORE
by Megan Labrise

Readers of all ages, get ready to catch a rising star. David Barclay Moore’s electric debut, The Stars Beneath Our Feet, is a middle-grade must-read as vibrant and variant as the thrumming thoroughfare where it unfolds: Harlem’s 125th Street.

“If Harlem was a human body, then 125th would be its pumping heart, throbbing all the time,” writes Moore, who ...


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DAVID GARROW
by Gregory McNamee

Barack Obama has been portrayed as being many things over his life and political career. Some have thought him flippant, coasting by on charm and glibness. Others have thought him suspect. Admirers and detractors both have found him aloof, though very few have doubted the fact of his formidable intelligence.

And admirers and detractors alike have also found Barack Obama ...


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A READING YEAR: SOMETIMES A CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE IS USEFUL
by J. Kingston Pierce

Last December, after posting my “favorite crime novels of 2015” list, I put together a rather different assessment of the year’s new offerings in this genre. Rather than confine myself to picking 10 books (all released in the United States) that I judged to have been particularly well-written and memorable—a traditional and potentially valuable, but admittedly limiting exercise—I expanded my ...


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BOOK REVIEW

PEEP AND DUCKY RAINY DAY by David Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Totally in tune with toddlers, this snappy read-aloud gets it right. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Rainy days are oh, so dreary, but not for Peep and Ducky. Read full book review >