Search Results: "George Packer"


BOOK REVIEW

CENTRAL SQUARE by George Packer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Packer's genuine artistry is most evident in his bringing characters to life; his ability to animate political issues, though, is less compelling."
Evocative rendering of life in a Boston community, although contemporary themes—race, poverty, class—become the tail of —issues— wagging the dog of character and plot. Read full book review >

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THE ASSASSINS’ GATE by George Packer
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"As memorable as Michael Herr's Dispatches, and of surpassing immediacy."
"Iraq," observes New Yorker staff writer Packer (Blood of the Liberals, 2000, etc.), "is the Rashomon of wars." Read full book review >

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THE UNWINDING by George Packer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 21, 2013

"Exemplary journalism that defines a sobering, even depressing matter. A foundational document in the literature of the end of America—the end, that is, for the moment."
New Yorker writer Packer (Interesting Times: Writing from a Turbulent Decade, 2009, etc.) ranges across the country to chronicle the time when "the coil that held Americans together in its secure and sometimes stifling grip first gave way." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"A salient example of brave, inspired narrative journalism."
Collection of learned, poignant essays chronicling global political and cultural tumult between 9/11 and the 2008 presidential election. Read full book review >

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BLOOD OF THE LIBERALS by George Packer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A good argument soundly made, and useful reading in this strangely illiberal election year."
Liberals are born, not made. Read full book review >

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THE HALF MAN by George Packer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Striking depiction of an impoverished Asian country caught up in a post-cold war revolutionary struggle—but excessive philosophizing chips away at credibility and readability."
Young American journalist loses his humanistic illusions in a small, revolution-torn Third World country situated off the coast of Asia. Read full book review >

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GEORGE by Alex Gino
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Warm, funny, and inspiring. (Fiction. 9-12)"
George, a fourth-grader who knows she is a girl, despite appearances, begins to tell her secret. Read full book review >

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GEORGE by Frank Keating
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Washington remains an historic hero despite flaws and defeats. These are recounted in far more accomplished biographies, and children will be better served by reading about the real man elsewhere. (author's note, artist's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-11)"
By the age of 15, George Washington had written out a list of precepts taught to him by his teachers, the "Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation," by which he lived and was guided throughout his life. Read full book review >

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GEORGE AND THE BIG BANG by Lucy Hawking
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Labored and wrapped in a thin film of artificial drama as it is, this set of mind-expanding if scattershot exposures to some of science's biggest theories and ideas will once again find a large audience thanks more to its celebrity co-author than its content. (Science fiction/informational hybrid. 10-12)"
Like their first two collaborations, the Hawkings' third and final George book offers a hybrid mixture of made-up adventures in space/time interleaved with miniessays on, as one character unoriginally puts it, "life, the Universe, and everything." Read full book review >

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(GEORGE) by E.L. Konigsburg
illustrated by E.L. Konigsburg
Released: Oct. 20, 1970

"In current fiction, a boy with a problem seldom has it so good."
Parentheses because George is Ben's concentric twin, his loudmouthed inner voice, or, as Mrs. Konigsburg puts it in a nutshell. . . Read full book review >

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GEORGE HARRISON by Olivia Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A rare and revelatory look at a rock legend."
Highly personal photos, letters and commentary illuminate the extraordinary life and times of late Beatles guitarist and songwriter George Harrison (1943-2001). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Overall, a dynamic examination of one of America's first leaders. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Large in stature and shy of disposition, George Washington demonstrated a remarkable spirit from his early youth. Read full book review >