Search Results: "Diane Ackerman"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 1998

"Decorated by a glamorous roster of friends and acquaintances (from Andy Warhol to Queen Elizabeth II), this biography is direct and unpretentious, but essentially insubstantial—much like the wrap dress. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Build a better dress and they will come: this is the theme of this celebrity autobiography by designer/jet setter Von Furstenberg. Read full book review >

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WIFE OF LIGHT by Diane Ackerman
Released: April 26, 1978

"Unless her virtuosity overwhelms her vision, Ackerman—who made an auspicious debut with The Planets (1976)—should become a poet to be reckoned with."
The basic strength of this book lies in the author's astute ear for language, and the obvious intelligence with which she employs her talent. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2011

"Ackerman's book is important for the guidance and hope it offers to stroke victims and their families, and it's also a satisfying, tender and humane celebration of love between two literary elites."
From prolific poet and essayist Ackerman (Dawn Light: Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day, 2009, etc.), a sensitive memoir about how her relationship with her husband, novelist Paul West, evolved in the aftermath of his stroke. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 28, 2009

"A lovely, learned invitation to 'the ancient thrill of impending sunlight.'"
Ackerman (An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain, 2004, etc.) luxuriates in the break of day. Read full book review >

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A NATURAL HISTORY OF LOVE by Diane Ackerman
Released: June 1, 1994

"Ackerman's essentialist notions of love will insult individuals who critically question traditional (and 'natural') ways of anything, especially loving."
Beginning with a somewhat interesting history of ancient mythological love, Ackerman's (The Moon by Whalelight, 1991) book quickly degenerates into a regurgitation of stereotypes about differences between men and women. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"A playful, rewarding jaunt through the brain's chemical realities and emotional intangibles."
A search for how the brain works, and where it ends and the mind begins. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2001

"Like Pan, Ackerman is an unpredictable sensualist in the garden, and one with lots of facts. A more gladdening companion would be hard to imagine."
A rapt and lovely seasonal pilgrimage, perfectly attuned, through Ackerman's (Deep Play, 1999, etc.) home garden to points beyond. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"One could do a lot worse than to find Ackerman at the end of the line when feeling those desperately slippery moments of despair, the rush into the unknown."
From Ackerman (Rarest of the Rare, 1995, etc.) come these graceful, canny reflections on her hours spent fielding calls at a suicide prevention center. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Smart and polished and totally entertaining, Ackerman is a pure pleasure."
Intimate, savory portraits of imperiled animals and environments, by the author of A Natural History of Love (1994), etc. Extinction is a natural part of evolution, often "unmalicious, intentionless, random." Read full book review >

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DIANE ARBUS by Arthur Lubow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Despite limitations on research, Lubow sharply captures Arbus' restlessness, pain, and artistic vision."
Photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971) was addicted to danger, sex, and human oddities. Read full book review >

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THE HUMAN AGE by Diane Ackerman
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 2014

"Through compelling and meditative prose, Ackerman delivers top-notch insight on the contemporary human condition."
A shimmering narrative about how the human and natural worlds coexist, coadapt and interactively thrive. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 29, 1985

"Uplifting, thoughtful, touching and true."
A paean to mechanized flying and a journal of one woman's learning experiences. Read full book review >