Search Results: "Gary Marcus"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 23, 2012

"Whether or not readers (aging or otherwise) will profit by the author's example, this enjoyable blend of music appreciation, science and personal exploration commands a new respect for how the brain and body responds to the promise, and shock, of the new."
To paraphrase Bruce Springsteen, can a 38-year-old tone-deaf professor of cognitive psychology get a guitar and learn how to make it talk? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 16, 2008

"A meaty little book."
A shot across the bow of intelligent design by a rising student of the mind. Read full book review >

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AVA'S POPPY by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Bury this one. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This trite and simplistic tale of friendship and the life cycle offers little that is new. Read full book review >

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GOOD NIGHT, LITTLE RAINBOW FISH by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A formulaic, fishy nighttime read sure to please fans. (Picture book. 2-4)"
For his 20th anniversary, Rainbow Fish gets a bedtime story. Read full book review >

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THE FRIENDLY MONSTERS by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Stick with Sesame Street's more lovable critters. (Pop-up picture book. 3-5)"
In a pop-up album that provides a strong argument for attaching parental-advisory labels, happy monsters rear up over a hill, spring from closet and cellar and burst out from under the bed to assure a pair of timorous, pajama-clad children that they're not really scary. Read full book review >

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THE GHOSTS OF HEAVEN by Marcus Sedgwick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Haunting. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Similar to Sedgwick's Printz Award-winning Midwinterblood (2013), four stories relate in elusive ways. Read full book review >

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SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE by Marcus Sedgwick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 22, 2014

"It's no coincidence that Sedgwick has crafted yet another gripping tale of wonder. (Thriller. 13 & up)"
A thriller that challenges readers' understanding of the universe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Haunting, sophisticated and ultimately exquisite. (author's note) (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
The Time Traveler's Wife meets Lost in this chilling exploration of love and memory. Read full book review >

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THE DARK FLIGHT DOWN by Marcus Sedgwick
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 27, 2005

"Sedgwick doesn't answer all questions, but Boy and Willow's noble choice and tender relationship stretch forward into a tentative, simple future, making the end supremely satisfying. (prologue, epilogue) (Fantasy. YA)"
Boy and Willow are immediately separated as this moving sequel to The Book of Dead Days (2004) begins. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"An outstanding view of the 'seaman' as a 'preeminent worker of the world, a cosmopolitan in the truest sense, who shaped the history of our planet in profound and lasting ways.'"
Rediker (Atlantic History/Univ. of Pittsburgh; The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom, 2012, etc.) explores maritime history from the bottom up, telling the stories of the "sailors, slaves, pirates and motley crews [who] shaped a history we have long regarded as white, elite, national, and landed." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 14, 2011

"Though there are not yet any solutions to the legal and ethical issues, Wolhsen provides a timely airing of what may be going on in a backyard near you."
Do-it-yourself comes to biotechnology in the form of young geeks who tinker with DNA in the garage, the kitchen or wherever they can set up a lab bench. Read full book review >