Search Results: "Gilbert Brim"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 23, 1992

"With economic troubles all around and fortunes gone sour overnight, Brim forsakes the quick fix for thoughtful observations about how we drive ourselves and measure results."
Succinct and finely tuned thoughts on why happiness has little to do with money, youth, or even education, by the director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Mid-Life Development. Read full book review >

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INDESCRIBABLY ARABELLA by Jane Gilbert
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Arabella is not really an indescribable character, but her story is a charming reminder of a simpler time. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Gilbert wrote and illustrated this story in 1947, and her story of an "indescribable" little girl trying to become famous retains the gentle, nostalgic feeling of works for children from an earlier era. Read full book review >

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FLYING LESSONS by Gilbert Ford
ANIMALS
Released: March 16, 2010

"As seen in comparison to the pigeons, the jet's too small to let the size disparity reach its full absurd potential—for better examples, see Valeri Gorbachev's Big Little Elephant (2005) or Mac Barnett's Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, illustrated by Adam Rex (2009)—and its motivations remain murky, but readers shouldn't have much trouble figuring out what those aforesaid 'things' might be. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this oddball solo debut, a migratory flock of doves gives a too-big, too-noisy jetliner hoping to be a fellow traveler a hostile reception. Read full book review >

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A COUCH FOR LLAMA by Leah Gilbert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A fun blend of realistic and ridiculous that will appeal to a broad audience. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When the Lago family has sat, spilled, and jumped on their beloved couch one time too many, a misadventure equal parts practical and absurd begins. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A STRANGE COMMONPLACE by Gilbert Sorrentino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2006

"Not for those who prefer a story told straight."
From veteran postmodernist Sorrentino (Trance, 2005, etc), a savage, baffling and beguiling novel about the wreckage that infidelity leaves behind. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"But his skill in leavening grand strategy with individual experience and in illuminating the pathos of these events makes this a memorable achievement."
If the first volume of Gilbert's History of the Twentieth Century (1997) seemed tired, the second, covering the years up to and following the Second World War, reveal again his high quality as a narrative historian. Read full book review >

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THE CURIOUS CONSPIRACY by Michael Gilbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 25, 2002

"No standouts, then, but more than enough moments of quietly satisfying crime, detection, and revenge served cold to satisfy fans who like their mayhem suave and ultracivilized."
The single most impressive feature of this 90th-birthday bouquet, gathering 20 stories from Gilbert's long career—over half the entries from the 1950s, though there are two from the '90s—is the remarkable concision that allows such a generous and representative sample of his work to fit in such a compact space. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ISRAEL by Martin Gilbert
Released: April 8, 1998

"A rich history with a progressive stance. (32 pages b&w photos, 43 maps, not seen)"
One of the first in a slew of books forthcoming to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel: a thorough and thoroughly entertaining history of that nation's first half century—from a Labor Party point of view. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 2011

"Although somewhat repetitive, the book provides a welcome reversal of the all-too-prevalent tendency to regard the elderly as a burden rather than a resource."
Emmy Award-winning TV producer Gilbert (Always Too Soon: Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both Parents, 2006) discusses "what it [is] like to be a parent without parents." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 20, 1995

"Gilbert's very specialized manual of arms will appeal to the Soldier of Fortune crowd as well as military history buffs. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
An exhaustive, ice-cold briefing that tracks the martial art of sniping from colonial America through the brushfire conflicts of the present day. Read full book review >