Search Results: "George Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 6, 1990

A brief history of biological, psychological, functional, and philosophical theorizing on how learning and memory work in the human mind, by New York Times editor Johnson (Machinery of the Mind, 1986). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A journey along the edge of human comprehension: accessible and even elegant, but a bit overstuffed."
A New York Times science writer contemplates the human compulsion to search for order and purpose in the origin of the universe and the development of life on earth. Read full book review >

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THE CANCER CHRONICLES by George Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 30, 2013

"A thorough and nuanced presentation of the state of the science of cancer research, refreshing in its honest appraisal that the war is far from over."
Not quite "abandon all hope," but there's not much to cheer about in this wide-angled survey of where we are in the fight against cancer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 2, 2003

"A tantalizing glimpse of how the uncertainties of quantum theory may yet be tamed for work of the highest precision."
New York Times science writer Johnson (Strange Beauty, 1999, etc.) explains why quantum computers are expected to be the next major breakthrough. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 13, 1999

"A must-read for anyone studying physics or its history, and for others not afraid to swim in the sometimes deep and murky waters of cutting-edge science."
Part biography, part textbook on quarks and other phenomena discovered by one of the great particle physicists of the twentieth century. Read full book review >

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THE TEN MOST BEAUTIFUL EXPERIMENTS by George Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 9, 2008

"Pays wonderful homage to the science and scientists that helped create the modern world."
The New York Times science writer's favorite experiments from the golden ages of science. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SPECIAL GIFT FOR GRAMMY by Jean Craighead George
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Unexpected gifts for both Grammy and Hunter are the results from George's satisfying ending; the book is ideal for prompting discussions about ripple effects and the power of imagination. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A bond built on love, understanding and trust between a grandmother and her grandson proves pleasantly surprising for all involved. 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

ALPHABET SCHOOL by Stephen Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not only does Johnson once again take something simple and make it extraordinary, but he will inspire readers to do the same. (Alphabet book. 4-8)"
The multiple-award-winning illustrator takes a page from his own book—Alphabet City (1995), that is—and creates a graphic-alphabet book that will have students searching their own schools for letters. Read full book review >

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MAGRITTE'S MARVELOUS HAT by D.B. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2012

"Arty, amusing and exceedingly clever. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Johnson recasts René Magritte as a dapper, blue-eyed hound and incorporates the painter's surreal iconography into a visual tour de force. Read full book review >

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HENRY BUILDS A CABIN by D.B. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 25, 2002

"Readers will be waiting for more of Henry. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In an effective retelling of Henry David Thoreau's cabin-building project, Johnson relates with light-hearted humor how Henry builds a cabin barely big enough for himself. Read full book review >

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FOUR LEGS BAD, TWO LEGS GOOD! by D.B. Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 10, 2007

"Slightly cubist, cartoon-like illustrations in mixed media capture the lighthearted politics of this comic animal farm. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A clever duck teaches a lazy, autocratic pig a memorable lesson in barnyard egalitarianism. Read full book review >