Search Results: "Gary Lachman"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET TEACHERS OF THE WESTERN WORLD by Gary Lachman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A sharp, engrossing book for open-minded readers."
A writer on esoteric and occult subjects looks at the people who influenced Western thought through theories of a "living, intelligent universe through which [individuals] could participate through…[the] imagination." Read full book review >

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MADAME BLAVATSKY by Gary Lachman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2012

"Dense and exhaustive, a valiant attempt to capture the essence of a life that defies simple retelling."
A glimpse into the foggy biography of the mother of modern spiritualism. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 3, 1993

"Trivial as story—nothing much happens, and dramatic tension is nil—but altogether a more accurate portrait of the medieval mind than, say, The Name of the Rose."
Not, as the title suggests, the actual journal of Hildegard (1098-1179), the best-known female Catholic mystic of the early Middle Ages, but rather a fictional tour-de-force by debut writer Lachman. Read full book review >

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THE KARATE WAY by Gary Hellman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"His droll tone and humorous illustrations—don't miss the close-up of a mouth in a karate yell—keep the story from being didactic. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Sensei ("teacher" in Japanese) Hellman introduces what happens in a beginning karate class through the experiences of a boy whose mother takes him to his first class as a surprise. Read full book review >

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STRANDED AT PLIMOTH PLANTATION 1626 by Gary Bowen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"Bowen's reputation rests secure as the crafter of scrupulously researched, beautifully illustrated stories. (Book- of-the-Month Club/History Book Club alternate selections) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
An enthralling account of everyday life at Plimoth Plantation in 1626-27. Read full book review >

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GARY'S GARDEN by Gary Northfield
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2016

"These quietly silly tableaux should fit nicely in the hands of backyard explorers and dreamers. (Graphic fantasy. 6-10)"
A garden microcosm comes alive as the author imagines the goings-on in his yard. Read full book review >

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PAINTING THE STORY OF A SONG WITH CHARLOTTE RILEY-WEBB
by Julie Danielson

Gary Golio’s newest picture book is, in many ways, the biography of a song. Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song, illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb, tells the story of how Holiday and Abel Meeropol—the son of Jewish immigrants, who was himself outraged by discrimination against African Americans in the 1930s—joined forces to create one of the ...


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SWIMMING, SWIMMING by Gary Clement
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"Friendship and a pool: the perfect summer combination, here captured to a T. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A quartet of friends—three boys and one girl—revel in the watery joys afforded by the local public pool. Read full book review >

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BATTLE WITH THE BRITONS!  by Gary Northfield
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Those treacherous Romans are ripe for a fall…and Julius is just the zebra to give them a push. (appendix) (Historical farce. 10-12)"
At the behest of Emperor Hadrian, the striped gladiator and his animal cohorts sail off to strut their stuff in Britannia. Read full book review >

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PARANORMAL by Gary Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2015

"A dramatic tale—or the first part of one, anyway—heavily steeped in tribal lore. (Paranormal suspense. 11-13)"
The young Cherokee seer struck by lightning in Abnormal (2014) acquires more extrasensory powers after a near-death experience in this partial sequel. Read full book review >