Search Results: "George E. Vaillant"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Joyful reading about a groundbreaking study and its participants."
A fascinating account of the 268 individuals selected for the Harvard Study of Adult Development (the "Grant Study"), which "began in 1938 as an attempt to transcend medicine's usual preoccupation with pathology and learn something instead about optimum health and potential and the conditions that promote them." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SCORPION AND THE KNIGHT by George E. Garner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2016

"Exotic landscapes and arcane inner monologues add intriguing texture but too little substance to this medieval tale.

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A debut novel, the first installment of a historical fiction series, follows a knight stationed in the Levant during the Crusades. Read full book review >

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THE JAGUAR'S CHILDREN by John Vaillant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"An eloquent literary dissection of the divide between the United States and Mexico."
Vaillant's debut fiction follows Hector Lazaro from Mexico's Sierra Juárez to Oaxaca's el Centro to an old tanker truck poised to sneak into El Norte, the promised land.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"One of them is surprising: the tree, once little known, 'has become the most widely dispersed Sitka spruce on earth.' Vaillant's tale of how it got to be so is of unfailing interest."
Nature essay meets true-crime tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1997

"Gives an uncomfortably human face to the debate over assisted suicide, and while arguing for its legalization, unwittingly provides ammunition for both sides."
The grim memoir of a querulous husband anxious to explain his role in his wife's suicide. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 1997

"Eye-opening detail on cloak-and-dagger operations in a conquered capital city that once threatened to alter the balance of world power and breach the world's hard-won peace. (illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
A troika of erstwhile adversaries team up to deliver an absorbing and authoritative inside view of how American and Soviet- bloc intelligence agencies plied their offbeat trade in divided Berlin during the first 15 years of the Cold War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"Although the prose can plod, the information and insights engage in a rousing race for the end zone."
Three academics from Marquette University, one of whom (Koonce) is a former NFL player, apply some sociological techniques to analyzing the situations of ex-NFL players. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PATAKI by George E. Pataki
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"Fuhgeddaboutit."
Writing with Paisner (coauthor of books with former New York mayor Ed Koch and talk-show celebs Geraldo Rivera and Montel Williams), New York governor Pataki reminds New Yorkers why they should vote him in his as-yet-unannounced reelection bid and sends up a trial balloon for politicos wondering if he might become the next Republican wonder boy on the national scene. Read full book review >

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GEORGE SAUNDERS
by David L. Ulin

George Saunders never meant to write a novel. Or maybe he had come to a certain acceptance about his work. “I had gotten to the place,” he admits, over the phone from Santa Cruz, California, where he is on book tour, “where I was all right with not writing a novel. You know, me and Alice Munro: we don’t ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SARA SASSAFRAS AND THE TIGUAR by Cat. E.   Amick
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 20, 2017

"A pleasant, if not groundbreaking, addition to the animalcentric children's book canon."
Sara Sassafras and a variety of zoo animals star in Amick's debut board book, which aims to help raise funds for Pennsylvania's Erie Zoo. Read full book review >