Search Results: "Dean Buonomano"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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MURDER IN CHINA RED by Dean Barrett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2002

"But despite repeated flashbacks to scenes of his hero's Beijing torture, is as flimsy as the paper target in a shooting gallery."
After pretty Judy Fisher thumbs through her sleeping john's credit cards, she heads for the shower—and steps out to find there are two more guests, uninvited and armed, in Room 1204 of the toney Palace Hotel. Read full book review >

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MOGUL by Terrance Dean
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2011

"Taboo-busting portrait of a hidden world behind the music."
Is the hip-hop community ready for an openly gay producer? Read full book review >

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PALACE CIRCLE by Rebecca Dean
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2009

"Cataclysmic world and family crises entertainingly refracted through a prism of privilege."
A Southern ingénue turned English viscountess and her daughters weather court intrigue, political unrest, illicit romance and the perils of two world wars in Dean's breathlessly plotted debut. 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 >