Search Results: "Dean Buonomano"


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YOUR BRAIN IS A TIME MACHINE by Dean Buonomano
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Fascinating throughout and a pleasing vehicle by which to think about thinking—and the passing hours."
What is the most important function of the human brain? Well, one takeaway from this lively book on that beloved organ is that it enables us "to predict and prepare for the future." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 11, 2011

"Intriguing take on behavioral economics, marketing and human foibles."
Putting the analogy of the computer to good use, Buonomano (Neurobiology and Psychology/UCLA) makes the case that "our lives are governed by brain bugs" of which we are unaware, although unfortunately there are no "patches, updates or upgrades" to easily remedy the situation. Read full book review >

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OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM by James Dean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"'Old MacDonald' for narcoleptics. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The heavy-lidded cat with a cult following dons overalls for a trip to the farm. Read full book review >

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PETE THE CAT: PLAY BALL! by James Dean
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"No home run here. (Early reader. 3-5)"
Ultracool Pete the Cat turns his attention to baseball. Read full book review >

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CITY BIRDS by Dean Norman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"While Norman's book is pleasing and upbeat, it is only a cursory glance, lacking any real substance. (Graphic nonfiction. 6-10)"
A graphic novel tells the story of two urban falcons raising their young high upon a Midwestern edifice. Read full book review >

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SPOOK THE HALLOWEEN CAT by Dean Norman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"A well-meaning narrative fail. (Graphic fiction. 7-10)"
On Halloween, a series of events leads to a young girl, a helpful man, a lost cat, a friendly witch, and an excitable dog crossing paths with mixed results. Read full book review >

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A YEAR ON MONHEGAN ISLAND by Julia Dean
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1995

"Dean's first book is a fine study of a tiny community that manages to remain stable despite unusual pressures. (Nonfiction. 9- 11)"
An intriguing visit to a rocky island off the Maine coast; a tourist mecca in the summer, almost completely isolated the rest of the year. Read full book review >

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THE BIG ONE-OH by Dean Pitchford
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"For those who want to be grossed out and especially for reluctant readers, this succeeds brilliantly. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Charley is about to turn the big one-oh and wants to have a birthday party in celebration. Read full book review >

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THE MIRRORED WORLD by Debra Dean
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"The novel follows the factual particulars, but Dasha's narration remains at such a formal remove that readers never experience what makes Xenia tick as a saint or a woman."
From Dean (Confessions of a Falling Woman, 2008, etc.), a lightly fictionalized retelling of the life of the Eastern Orthodox St. Xenia, who left her comfortable home in 18th-century Russia to live as a "holy fool" among the poor. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A CRITIC by Dean Fuller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 11, 1996

"Delap's murder gets solved, too."
Moments after his late arrival for the premiere of Eurydice, theatrical critic Virgile de la Pagerie (``Delap'' to his enemies, who are legion) collapses and dies of cyanide poisoning. Read full book review >

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FROM THE CORNER OF HIS EYE by Dean Koontz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 26, 2000

"Is Koontz, like Stephen King, being sucked toward the mainstream novel? Not a smart move, though this one fumbles for the heartstrings."
Koontz's magnum opus swells to over 600 extra-deep pages and takes big chances but remains a staunch page-turner throughout. Read full book review >

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90 CHURCH by Dean Unkefer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"Though entertainingly readable in a grimy sort of way, this is more a tangle of sex, violence, and betrayal than a serious true-crime narrative about this little-discussed era."
A grim, fevered memoir of pre-Drug Enforcement Administration anti-drug warriors raising havoc in New York City. Read full book review >