Search Results: "Donald Goldsmith"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HUNT FOR LIFE ON MARS by Donald Goldsmith
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 1997

"His book will have a short but vigorous life, the best account available until new ones supersede it. (15 b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 40,000; Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
Goldsmith (who edited the 1991 PBS series on astronomy and wrote its companion volume, The Astronomers) reports on the biggest science story of 1996: NASA's claim to have discovered that life once existed on Mars. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"An accessible and extremely well written exploration of the deep waters of cosmology, astrophysics, and exobiology."
Companion volume to a PBS Nova special takes a look at the origins of life, the universe, and everything. Read full book review >

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THE ASTRONOMERS by Donald Goldsmith
NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 1991

"A fine introduction to modern astronomy, just in time for next summer's spectacular solar eclipse."
Goldsmith brings the stars into crystal-clear focus in this down-to-earth companion volume to the PBS T.V. series, for which he served as editor and co-author. Read full book review >

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ADDICTION AND OVERDOSE by Connie Goldsmith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Reading at times rather like a commercial for recovery programs, this text may be best suited to a health class covering the subject matter; nevertheless, a crucial topic. (index, further information, glossary, selected bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A chronicle exposing facts and challenges confronting drug addiction and overdose in America. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 2000

"A remarkable story, told with clarity and appreciation for the joy and courage that characterized the Kulturbund. As the author puts it: 'Such hope. It breaks your heart.'"
A nattily written, moving history of the Kulturbund—a Jewish cultural agency that collaborated with the Nazis during the early years of the Third Reich—from NPR commentator Goldsmith, whose parents were members of the group. Read full book review >

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SWITCHEROO by Olivia Goldsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"Contrived, yes, but hysterically funny—and after reflecting on the invisibility of women, the reader may find it no more contrived than, say, a Shakespearean comedy. (Film rights to New Line Cinema; $200,000 ad/promo; author tour; TV satellite tour)"
More monumental high-concept from Goldsmith (Marrying Mom, 1996, etc.), this time in a wonderfully funny fable about a wife and mistress who reverse roles—and a husband who apparently can't tell the difference. Read full book review >

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TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY by Connie Goldsmith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"An efficient survey of a timely topic. (Nonfiction. 11-18)"
Traumatic brain injuries are a major concern not only for those hurt in war and sports, but also in many other areas. Read full book review >

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BOMBS OVER BIKINI by Connie Goldsmith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2014

"A critically flawed chronicle of a significant chapter in the Cold War nuclear arms race. (source notes, glossary, further reading, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
A brief chronicle of the nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands from 1946 until 1958, in which the U.S. military detonated 67 atom and hydrogen bombs over the region's Bikini and Enewetak atolls. Read full book review >

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BAD BOY by Olivia Goldsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2001

"Entertaining fluff—and sure to sell."
Clothes make the man . . . and the man makes the woman. Read full book review >

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THE BESTSELLER by Olivia Goldsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Despite some lapses in dramatic tension, a bright and entertaining education in bookmaking where the good get bestsellers and the bad never eat in the Grill Room again. ($175,000 ad/promo; film rights to Paramount; author tour; radio satellite tour)"
A master of high-concept fiction (Fashionably Late, 1994, etc.) returns with a likely bestseller about writing a bestseller— a meaty send-up of publishing told with intelligence, wit, and shameless enthusiasm. Read full book review >

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FASHIONABLY LATE by Olivia Goldsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"This novel works. (First printing of 150,000; $175,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Goldsmith established her fertile turf in The First Wives Club (1991) and hasn't let up since; here she presents another witty, venomous tale of female resourcefulness in the face of breathtaking male duplicity, set in Manhattan's sophisticated fashion industry. Read full book review >

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PEN PALS by Olivia Goldsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Social work as satire: The harsh realities of prison life are noted briefly on the way to a formulaic (and rather improbable) happy ending. Goldsmith (Bad Boy, 2001, etc.) has done better."
A Wall Street whiz takes an insider-trading rap for her crooked boss and winds up in prison. Read full book review >