Search Results: "Ha-Joon Chang"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"Eminently accessible, with a clearly liberal (or at least anticonservative) bent, but with surprises along the way—for one, the thought that markets need to become less rather than more efficient."
Think the market is rational and that business knows best? Ha-Joon Chang (Economics/Univ. of Cambridge; Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism, 2007, etc.) argues otherwise. Read full book review >

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ECONOMICS by Ha-Joon Chang
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Economics for the 99 percent who don't know moral hazard from opportunity cost: lively, intelligent and readily accessible."
The dismal science rendered undismally, even spryly, by economist Chang (Economics/Cambridge Univ.; 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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HA! by Scott Weems
NON-FICTION
Released: March 4, 2014

"Many readers will squirm at the obligatory account of the author's effort at stand-up comedy, and they may roll their eyes at his earnest, if scientifically impeccable, advice for using humor to fight disease, make friends and influence people, but most will enjoy this stimulating overview of what researchers have learned about why we laugh."
Books analyzing humor are an extensive genre and invariably humorless. Despite a generous selection of jokes, few readers will laugh their way through this latest effort, but they will not be bored as neuroscientist Weems eschews philosophy in favor of hard science. Read full book review >

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HA HA, BABY! by Kate Petty
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2008

"Indeed, Ma in red-and-white striped stockings, Pa in a fedora hat, Grandma in a fairy godmother costume and Grandpa in pirate togs should easily trigger laughs from little readers, even if baby refuses to smile. (Picture book. 2-4)"
When baby stops laughing, his funny family assumes something's wrong. Read full book review >

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AH HA! by Jeff Mack
by Jeff Mack, illustrated by Jeff Mack
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"The ecologically sound and emotionally satisfying ending is sure to please all ages. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In Good News, Bad News (2012), Mack experimented with minimalism, creating text from the titular phrases alone; here, he challenges himself to dialogue created from just two letters of the alphabet, doubled and continually rearranged. Read full book review >

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Alice Chang by Robert Gilberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A fast-paced technology tale with enough international intrigue and luxurious details to rival a James Bond adventure.
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In this debut thriller, an engineer investigates a plane crash only to discover a global conspiracy to hack digital satellite television systems that may involve a woman from his past. Read full book review >

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PADDY CLARKE HA HA HA by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 1993

"A work of maturity and grace."
Irish writer Doyle's fourth novel (The Van, The Snapper, etc.)—and the just-announced 1993 Booker Prize winner: a story that depicts with remarkable acuity that extraordinary intensity of response that is at the heart of childhood. Read full book review >

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JACKY HA-HA by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2016

"A typical Patterson plot significantly elevated by its title character. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
A precocious seventh-grader tries to turn over a new leaf and end her term as the class clown. Read full book review >

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THE HA-HA by Dave King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 11, 2005

"When he shrugs off the heavy overcoat of writing program metaphors—a ha-ha is a boundary wall concealed in a ditch, it is explained—King will be a writer to watch."
First novel about a man badly scarred in Vietnam, and scarred by it, who at last begins recovery. Read full book review >

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CHANG AND ENG by Darin Strauss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2000

"Admirably researched, continuously absorbing, and very moving indeed."
An imposingly original first novel that focuses on unique historical figures: the eponymous Siamese twin brothers (1811-74) who endured opprobrium and despair, became international celebrities, married two American sisters, and fathered 21 children between them. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A disquieting reminder of the old maxim, 'The dead can't answer back.'"
An attempt to explain a friend's baffling suicide. Read full book review >

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LIFE ISN’T ALL HA HA HEE HEE by Meera Syal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Though the people drive the plot, it is Syal's exploration of traditional gender roles—and the difficulty of escaping them without rejecting one's heritage—that provides the center of this fine, well-crafted tale."
Second-novelist Syal (Anita and Me, 1997) offers another foray into the world of British-born Indians, this time a trio of women attempting to break the oppressive bonds of their culture. Read full book review >