Search Results: "Diane Ravitch"


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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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 29, 2000

"An incisive examination of failed utopian schemes in the classroom."
Former Assistant Secretary of Education Ravitch (The Troubled Crusade, 1983) recounts a dispiriting record of pitched debates and failed reform attempts in the American educational system over the last century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 2013

"For policymakers, parents and anyone concerned about the dismantling of one of our democracy's great institutions."
A noted education authority launches a stout defense of the public school system and a sharp attack on the so-called reformers out to wreck them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 21, 2003

"Of tremendous importance to parents, educational reformers, and anyone concerned with the myriad failings of the present culture."
Johnny and Janie can't read, can't find the Pacific on a map, can't even think—all thanks to official censorship that "represents a systemic breakdown of our ability to educate the next generation." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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DIANE GOODE'S BOOK OF GIANTS AND LITTLE PEOPLE by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"It's a thoughtfully organized book, suitable for almost any folklore collection. (Folklore. 5-10)"
Like her previous efforts in this vein (Diane Goode's Book of Silly Stories and Songs, 1992, etc.), Goode offers a diverse, accessible, and well-rounded collection of stories about people big and small, interspersing old favorites (``The Elves and the Shoemaker,'' ``Teeny Tiny,'' etc.) with more unusual gems: the West Indian ``Anansi and the Plantains,'' the Japanese ``Three Strong Women,'' and the wryly feminist ``Managing Molly.'' The book opens with a wise introduction and closes with Nancy Willard's ``Magic Story for Falling Asleep''just the right note. Read full book review >

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DIANE GOODE'S BOOK OF SILLY STORIES AND SONGS by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A perfect gift book that will also find many library uses. (Folklore. 4-10)"
Another attractive, well-planned volume in the style of The Diane Goode Book of American Folk Tales & Songs (1989). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SO MUCH TO DO by Richard Ravitch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 29, 2014

"For policy wonks and readers with a particular interest in New York."
An exemplary public servant recounts his eventful life at the intersection of business and politics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CRUEL WINTER by Sheila Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Connolly's (A Turn for the Bad, 2016, etc.) heroine clearly has a gift for solving mysteries, and the interesting characters she presents warts and all make for a fine read in the classic style."
Move over, Agatha Christie: a pub owner in County Cork fancies herself a young Miss Marple. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"For those who prefer to wade in history's shallows rather than swim in its depths. (Illustrations throughout)"
An aristocratic author who claims descent from both women chronicles the decades-long battle for the attention and love of the France's Henri II between his queen, Catherine de' Medici, and his lover, Diane de Poitiers. Read full book review >

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THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS by John S. Tarlton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"A fine, funny potboiler, with only an unlikely twist at the end to give the reader pause."
Drawing on his own experience as an oil-company lease negotiator, Tarlton (A Window Facing West, 1999) spins a smooth and quirky comic Southern story of a working woman fighting off demons past and present to find her own sweet peace of mind. Read full book review >

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UNKNOWN REMAINS by Peter Leonard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"This multithread thriller is a weak Xerox of something that has been done with more distinction elsewhere."
A 9/11 widow discovers that her late husband was harboring a wealth of secrets in this unusual thriller. Read full book review >