Search Results: "Edward Dolnick"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2001

"Written with authority and zeal, this rich narrative is popular history at its best."
A harrowing history of the one-armed Civil War hero's 1869 expedition down the Colorado River that focuses on the dangers involved in the momentous journey rather than on Powell's political views. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2011

"Colorful, entertainingly written and nicely paced—a fine introductory text on Newton and the scientific revolution."
A lively popular account of early science, culminating in Isaac Newton's gravitational theory. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"This cautionary tale of pseudo-scientific hubris my well be not only the year's best book on a mental-health topic, but also one of the most compelling works of its kind in this decade."
A very important, sobering study of psychiatric overreach during a quarter-century (roughly 1948—73) in treating three psychotic or near-psychotic illnesses: schizophrenia, autism, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Read full book review >

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THE RUSH by Edward Dolnick
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Readers new to Gold Rush history will find a bonanza here—and for old hands, Dolnick provides enough fresh interpretation to keep the pages turning."
The miners of the California Gold Rush didn't need law and order, toothpaste or running water. They needed a course in money management. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"The best sort of science history, explaining not only how great men made great discoveries, but why equally great men, trapped by prejudices and what seemed to be plain common sense, missed what was in front of their noses."
A history of the "search for the solution to the sex and conception mystery," focused on the period between 1650 and 1900. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 24, 2008

"Energetic and authoritative."
Mesmerizing account of an amateur artist who made millions selling forged paintings to art-obsessed Nazis and business tycoons. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

"Sadly, Dolnick makes it clear why another version of The Scream, and also Munch's Madonna, could be pinched from Oslo's Munch Museum so easily a year ago—and why both are still at large. Overall, a picaresque tale."
The theft of, search for and recovery of Edvard Munch's The Scream (the first time). Read full book review >

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AT THE BOTTOM OF EVERYTHING by Ben Dolnick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Insincere characterizations and a weak central conflict detract from the novel. See instead Alex Garland's The Beach."
A melancholy young man stuck in the wilderness years of his mid-20s is forced to confront a buried secret when a childhood friend disappears. Read full book review >

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ZOOLOGY by Ben Dolnick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2007

"A disheartening debut."
A young man finds unrequited love and loses a goat in Dolnick's first novel. Read full book review >

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BAD APPLE'S PERFECT DAY by Edward Hemingway
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"Though Mac's 'bad apple' moniker is strictly marketing, his core belief that it is 'never too late to turn things around' is a nutritious notion. (Picture book. 6-8)"
An outing doesn't quite go as planned for Mac the apple and his resident worm, Will—first met in Bad Apple (2012) and still best buds. Read full book review >

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BUMP IN THE NIGHT by Edward Hemingway
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 2008

"While the field is certainly crowded, it seems likely that this offbeat entry just may find an appreciative audience. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Sporting an Elvis 'do and clutching his teddy bear, young Billy confronts his fears and finds that a bump in the night doesn't have to be scary. Read full book review >

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MEET STINKY MAGEE by Edward Sokol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"Be gone, Stinky. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Artist Sokol makes an appalling writing debut with a book in which bold and colorful illustrations dude up what is meant, obviously, to be a naïvely magical text. Read full book review >