Search Results: "Herbert Block"


BOOK REVIEW

HERBLOCK by Herbert Block
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 18, 1993

"Outspoken, unashamedly liberal, and thoroughly readable. (Enriched by 200 vintage Herblock cartoons, plus an eight-page photo insert—not seen)"
Block—a.k.a. ``Herblock''—is a national institution. Read full book review >

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HERBERT ROWBARGE by Natalie Babbitt
Released: Nov. 15, 1982

"It's an expertly turned artifact of a story, which is not to deny its human sympathy and penetrating edge."
Why is successful Herbert Rowbarge so cold of heart, so lacking in the delight or merriment one would expect of someone so devoted to his popular amusement park and its old-fashioned merry-go-round? Read full book review >

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HERBERT HOOVER by Glen Jeansonne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A hagiographic survey of an activist president agitating on the wrong side of history. A decent resource, but readers are encouraged to also consult Charles Rappleye's Herbert Hoover in the White House (2016)."
Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) as a lifelong champion of true GOP ideals. Read full book review >

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BLOCK 11 by Piero degli Antoni
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Not by any means as emotionally draining as Sophie's Choice, but highly effective on its own terms."
When three prisoners escape from Auschwitz, 10 others are selected for execution. Read full book review >

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BLOCK CITY by Robert Louis Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Not much to choose between the two interpretations, but it's a poem that every child should have an opportunity to know. (Picture book/poetry. 5-7)"
Echoing Ashley Wolff's 1988 approach to Stevenson's poetic tribute to the power of imagination, Kirk begins with neatly drawn scenes of a child in a playroom, assembling large wooden blocks into, "A kirk and a mill and a palace beside, / And a harbor as well where my vessels may ride." Read full book review >

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THE BLOCK by Langston Hughes
POETRY
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Like Ntozake Shange's i live in music (1994, not reviewed), a continuous poem, illustrated by many of Bearden's works, this also shows readers how poetry and collage are not only related, but probably siblings. (Picture book/poetry. 4+)"
In a work published in conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the words and images of two Harlem Renaissance artists combine in a jazzy portrait of life on a Harlem block. Read full book review >

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HERBERT HOOVER by William E. Leuchtenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"A brilliantly written cautionary tale for those who believe a hard-nosed businessman would bring a breath of fresh air to the American presidency."
Slim, thoroughly satisfying account of the president overwhelmed by the Great Depression. Read full book review >

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READER'S BLOCK by David Markson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 1996

"Nabokov speaks for Markson's aesthetic aims, while Shakespeare synopsizes the personal wistfulness and deep sorrow permeating this remarkable book."
From the erudite Markson (Wittgenstein's Mistress, 1990, not reviewed; etc.): a terse, modernist novel implying that history is over, the arts finished—yet offering extended, Beckett- like pleasures. ``Reader'' is the speaker here, and he speaks about ``Protagonist.'' Plot and event? ``Someone nodded hello to Reader on the street yesterday'' pretty much takes care of the action side of things. Read full book review >

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"Hobbled by too much plot and too little character development."
The life of a wildly successful horror author begins to imitate his art after the onset of a strange case of writer's block with demonic origins. Read full book review >

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GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH by Tom Wicker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2004

"In the end, Wicker offers little more than 'a nice man with good connections': perhaps not the worst president, though the acorn doesn't fall far from the oak."
A readable life, at once respectful and critical, of Bush I, who nursed "what must have been a burning desire to become president of the United States" without formulating any particular plans for what he'd do once he got the job. Read full book review >

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HERBERT VON KARAJAN by Richard Osborne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2000

"Perhaps overlong, this gem of a biography should be the standard reference on an indisputable musical genius."
A superb biography of a great conductor who was dogged by controversy throughout his career. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Despite the limitations of his pedestrian prose style, Shachtman conveys the drama of simple daily life in New York small business, and no one who reads this will ever walk down a city street and see it in quite the same way again. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Shachtman returns to the turf of his 1991 Skyscraper Dreams, the business world of New York City, for a study of one year in the life of an urban block. Read full book review >