Search Results: "E.S. Farber"


BOOK REVIEW

SEAGULLS DON'T EAT PICKLES by E.S. Farber
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 16, 2013

"It's rollicking fun and a welcome new series, a great boys' counterpart to such stellar girls' series as Ivy + Bean. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Combine the curiosity of three boys, the discovery of a map of an island and the legend of Captain Kidd's buried treasure and what do you get? A funny gem of a middle-grade mystery, the first of a series. Read full book review >

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OPERATION FIREBALL by E.S. Farber
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"The ending sets up the next in the series, which involves another bet: Will Fish enter the one-legged whaler's haunted house—on Halloween? Go fish! (Fiction. 8-11)"
Ahoy. The three intrepid boys from Seagulls Don't Eat Pickles (2013) are back in a nautical adventure. Read full book review >

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THE UNRULY QUEEN by E.S. Redmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"For readers in the mood for a little menace. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A nanny—Mary Poppins' acidic cousin?—outwits a spoiled fusspot using reverse psychology. Read full book review >

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FELICITY FLOO VISITS THE ZOO by E.S. Redmond
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Then there's Felicity, with sunken eyes and red beezer, whom you don't have to like to enjoy. (Picture book. 2-5)"
You've heard of Typhoid Mary. Read full book review >

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THE FACE OF THE DEEP by Thomas Farber
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

Farber (On Water, not reviewed), a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, is a lithe, spare stylist who deploys his language as "art, shield, music, weapon." Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A CLOUD WALKER by E.S. Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 22, 1991

"A small treasure marred only slightly by its hyperbolic conclusion."
An intriguing return for Russell (Nice Enough to Murder, 1971, etc.), whose several years' absence hasn't diminished her skills at plotting or characterization. Read full book review >

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POSTCARDS FROM A DEAD GIRL by Kirk Farber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2010

"A witty, tormented hero surrounded by fascinating, compassionate supporting characters makes this slender debut a surprisingly compulsive read."
High-strung young man grappling with grief and possibly supernatural incidents tries to pull himself together in Farber's quirky psychological potboiler. Read full book review >

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DEAD EASY by E.S. Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1992

"Stylistically, a sharp descent from Death of a Cloudwalker (1991)."
Needlessly cryptic psychological mystery, the third featuring Manton, Mass., school principal Ben Louis. Read full book review >

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BELOVED POISON by E.S. Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A debut mystery chock full of mysterious doings, riveting historical detail, and so many horrifying anecdotes about the state of medicine in the mid-1800s that you can almost feel the evil miasma rising from the pages."
The coming demolition of St. Saviour's Infirmary in Victorian London marks a decisive chapter for a young woman who's lived her entire life there as a man. Read full book review >

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THE PALMER METHOD by E.S. Goldman
Released: Sept. 21, 1995

"Generous, amiable, and touching: a delight."
Sixteen new stories, plus four reprinted from Big Chocolate Cookies (1988) and Earthly Justice (1990), from octogenarian Goldman: a refreshing reminder that, in writing, a late start takes nothing away from a good eye and strong voice. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"Still, while The Age of Great Dreams doesn't go far or deep in any direction, it illuminates broad areas of 60's life, forming a great introduction to the decade."
A brief, valuable look at the tensions that shaped the 60's, and the cultural and political movements that grew out of them. Read full book review >

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EVERYBODY OUGHT TO BE RICH by David Farber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2013

"A thoroughly researched book that will appeal mostly to a scholarly rather than general audience."
A comprehensive but unfortunately arid biography of John Jacob Raskob (1879-1950), whom Farber (History/Temple Univ.; The Rise and Fall of Modern American Conservatism: A Short History, 2010, etc.) depicts as a progenitor of modern capitalism. Read full book review >