Search Results: "Evelyn Fox Keller"


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THE CENTURY OF THE GENE by Evelyn Fox Keller
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A detailed, often highly technical examination of a key scientific idea of the past century."
The author of Refiguring Life (1995) assesses a hundred years of progress in genetics, perhaps the most exciting area in modern science, focusing on the conceptual problems inherent in the little understood nature of the gene itself. Read full book review >

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THE SEASONS ALTER by Philip Kitcher
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"The result is a superbly rational, entirely futile exchange of ideas. 'Fruitful discussion' did little to resolve slavery or segregation, and it's largely absent from America's debate on global warming."
A philosophical exploration of climate change. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 22, 1995

"This book stands out for its wisdom and sheer enjoyment in the progress of ideas."
A brilliant examination of how language, metaphor, and social history shaped the progress of genetic science. Read full book review >

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HELP! by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Touches like the rosy blush on Mouse's face when he realizes that Snake has rescued him give the somewhat stylized figures the necessary spark of life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A predictable story with a clear moral lesson. Read full book review >

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GERALDINE FIRST by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Keller (Rosata, 1995, etc.) conveys through her cheerful illustrations not only the many moods of her young heroine, but also a subplot involving Mama and Papa's own reactions to the bickering siblings. (Picture book. 4+)"
Geraldine is back and this time her little brother, Willie, trails after her, saying everything she says and doing everything she does. ``Stop copying me, Willie,'' snaps Geraldine. Read full book review >

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THE SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The states appear in a final gallery, with a few statistics to square off the whole funny enterprise. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Imagine the states, Kansas, California, Ohio, and all the rest, as people with toothy grins, ping-pong balls for eyes, pipe cleaner limbs, and full-blown personalities. Read full book review >

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BRAVE HORACE by Holly Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"He's not original—the rascal who summons the courage to do the right thing—but he is charming. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Keller (Merry Christmas, Geraldine, 1997, etc.) brings the young leopard, Horace, back to the page, this time as the invitee to a monster-movie party. Read full book review >

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THE NEW BOY by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

"Schwartz's Camper of the Week (below) provides a subtler, more perceptive treatment of similar themes. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Relations with his fellow kindergartners go from bad to worse after mouse Milton's unfortunate opening gambit: he sticks out his tongue. Read full book review >

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FOWL PLAY, DESDEMONA by Beverly Keller
Released: April 20, 1989

The heroine of No Beasts! Read full book review >

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SORROW ROAD by Julia Keller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Although this isn't the best of Keller's deeply nuanced, beautifully written examinations of life and death in hardscrabble coal country (Last Ragged Breath, 2015, etc.), its exploration of the ravages of Alzheimer's is deeply moving."
A deadly accident in 1938 West Virginia is the impetus for several modern murders. Read full book review >

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THE SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA TALENT SHOW by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Closing with a bit of traditional stagecraft by having shy Georgia visualize fellow states in their underwear to get over a case of stage fright, this exuberant geographical jamboree will definitely leave readers in a state. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Ten years after their memorable debut the states once again pop open their wide eyes, leap up on pipestem limbs and strut their stuff—this time on stage in a display of talent that ranges from the heartthrob singing of New York and New Mexico as "New States On The Block" to Michigan using its Upper Peninsula in a ventriloquist act and Wyoming linking with Tennessee to impersonate Oklahoma. Read full book review >

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PEARL’S NEW SKATES by Holly Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Keller's tale is a wonderful antidote to discouragement and is bound to bolster any new athlete's faltering self-esteem. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Keller's tale of Pearl's struggles to master the slippery sport of ice skating has at its core a powerful message about perseverance. Read full book review >