Search Results: "Gary Lachman"


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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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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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CURIOSITY by Gary Blackwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2014

"A thrilling look at the 19th-century age of automata—'a time of curiosity-seekers'—and the riveting story of a likable Philadelphia boy whose life of the mind helps him transcend his extraordinary, oft-cruel circumstances. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Twelve-year-old Rufus Goodspeed is dangerously good at chess. Read full book review >

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THUNDER ON THE PLAINS by Gary Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"The agenda riding this unvarnished tale may leave young readers who aren't Native Americans feeling like they're on the outside looking in—not necessarily a bad thing, considering the vast quantity of books that do the opposite. (Fiction. 10-16)"
An unhappy "urban skin" from Los Angeles reclaims his Cheyenne heritage in the course of an adventurous summer with relatives on the reservation. Read full book review >

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CRUSH by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"Another fast-paced romp with a well-intentioned, if severely misguided eighth grader. (Fiction. 9-12)"
After previous misadventures in Liar, Liar and Flat Broke (both 2011), Kevin is back again, this time applying his quirky, inquiring mind to the world of love. Read full book review >