Search Results: "Deborah J. Bennett"


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RANDOMNESS by Deborah J. Bennett
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"A clear and detailed examination of the role of pure chance, with fascinating historical asides. (32 illustrations, not seen)"
Probabilities and statistics dominate our lives, yet few of us really understand them; here's an attempt to shed some light. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"While some of the notions presented are old-fashioned, students will find useful—not only for research purposes—the lessons of how to be a good friend, a good citizen, and a successful businessperson. (appendix, chronology, index) (Anthology. 12-15)"
The core beliefs of the US's founding fathers are presented in this anthology from Bennett (The Book of Virtues for Young People, 1995, etc.), adapted from his Sacred Honor (1997). Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF VIRTUES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE by William J. Bennett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"The virtues espoused, assumed to be objective categories rooted in common sense and in universal moral imperatives, are as perennial as the grass, and even if they have become buzzwords in today's political climate, the book is not just for the ethically challenged. (Anthology. 11-13)"
A book with a mission—its purpose, in some people's minds, could not be more timely nor more necessary. Read full book review >

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Harold The Wonder Dog Wonders How Trees Grow by Barbara J Bennett
Released: Sept. 26, 2013

"A friendly introduction to science and a worthy addition to preschool shelves."
This quiet, contemplative picture book gives the youngest listeners their first glimpses of science. Read full book review >

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THE MORAL COMPASS by William J. Bennett
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 20, 1995

"Nevertheless, a colorful patchwork of pieces that are irresistible for bedtime reading aloud and as spurs to family discussions about whether, in the name of compassion, your offspring should bring home a naked stranger. (Literary Guild dual main selection)"
No moral ambiguities in another sweeping potpourri from the compiler of the 1993 bestselling Book of Virtues. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"A refreshing look at a time of optimism, sacrifice, hard work, and achievement (despite the Cold War) when the American dream finally became a reality for millions."
A rarely told story: how the GI Bill loosed great unseen forces that helped to transform America from the working-class, largely agricultural society of the Great Depression and the New Deal into a largely middle-class society. Read full book review >

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MAX ARCHER KID DETECTIVE:  THE CASE OF THE WET BED by Howard J.  Bennett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2011

"Even if there were not an alarming dearth of titles on this subject aimed at kids, this would stand out as a most thorough, highly readable resource. (Blended nonfiction. 6-10)"
Max is a detective who likes to "help kids with their problems"—this case takes on bedwetting. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT MOLASSES FLOOD by Deborah J. Kops
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A fascinating account of a truly bizarre disaster. (index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Imagine a 40-foot wall of molasses turning a harborside neighborhood upside down. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 31, 2011

"Fine fantasy that borrows too much from Lewis Carroll when it should invest in itself."
A teenage girl runs away from her life of servitude only to be captured by a sorcerer who will help her discover her true past. Read full book review >

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SACRED HONOR by William J. Bennett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 1997

"Still, given the current enthusiasm for Bennett's crusade, the book is likely to be widely circulated. (First printing of 250,000; Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selection; author tour; TV satellite tour)"
The indefatigable Bennett (The Moral Compass, 1995, etc.) continues his campaign to inculcate the old values into Americans generally—and young Americans more particularly—this time out by gathering selections from the writings of the generation that secured America's independence. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

"But then, the virtue industry has never made a virtue of originality. (Book-of-the-Month Club selection; national television/radio satellite tours)"
Virtuecrats Bennett and gang haul in the usual suspects in this flat-footed, statistic-heavy collection of warmed-over nostrums. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 14, 1993

Surveying 902 female graduates of Harvard's business, law, and medical schools over a ten-year period, Swiss (an independent consultant) and Walker (a consultant for child care at Harvard) conclude that few have it all—that even wealthy, educated, married women pay professional penalties for having families. Read full book review >