Search Results: "Hershel Parker"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"Indispensable for all serious Melvillians, whether professional or amateur, but given its measured approach and its heft, not a likely avenue for the uninitiated."
This leviathan of a biography—the first half of a two-volume set—meticulously charts the early life and career of an erratic literary genius. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"When dealing with these difficult texts (which are, as Shanks notes, 'fragmentary, elliptical, and written in arcane, symbolic, and metaphorical language') one could hardly ask for a better guide."
A first-rate distillation of many scholars' work over the past five decades on the century's most important, and in many ways most controversial, archaeological find. Read full book review >

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UNDERSTANDING THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS by Hershel Shanks
NON-FICTION
Released: July 27, 1992

"Exciting and reliable, and thus a superb replacement for Edmund Wilson's pioneering but hysterical (and hopelessly out-of- date) 1955 bestseller, Scrolls from the Dead Sea."
Outstanding anthology, drawn in part from The Biblical Archaeological Review and The Bible Review, that serves as a complete primer to what biblical scholar Harry Thomas Frank has called ``the most sensational archaeological discovery of the century.'' Shanks, editor of The Biblical Archaeological Review, has a flair for drama, evident both in the many essays here about the intrigue that swirls around the scrolls—spies, conspiracy theories, and shadowy antique-dealers all play their part—and in his two final selections. Read full book review >

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LITTLE BOT AND SPARROW by Jake Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Dreaming keeps memories alive for a very special robot in this sweet, quiet tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A mechanical-avian friendship is an endearing one. Read full book review >

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SUCKING UP by Deborah Parker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A short book with a fierce bite."
The title suggests the tone, which offers more caustic wit than one usually expects in a quasi-academic overview. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Parker follows a professor's advice to 'write it the same way you would tell it'—but his approach to the narrative, hopscotching from here to there and back again, isn't nearly as powerful as the story he has to tell."
There's an inspirational life story within this graphic memoir of a frequently incarcerated junkie who belatedly earned an MFA from Columbia University's prestigious creative writing program, but the framing and pacing of the narrative fall short of the material's potential. Read full book review >

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MISSILE MOUSE by Jake Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Intelligent space opera and a realistically rounded hero will have young fans of the future demanding the next volume. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
When his mission to recover an ancient star compass goes wrong, intrepid Galactic Security Agent Missile Mouse finds himself saddled with a partner. Read full book review >

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COUNTING IN THE GARDEN by Kim Parker
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Though captioned by one-liners that don't always seem to be addressed to children ('4 bunnies finding love in the shade' being the most obvious example), this recalls the art of Elisa Kleven for visual exuberance, and makes a promising young-audience debut. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Positively dancing with fanciful flowers rendered in bright, broadly brushed watercolor, this showcases a textile designer's art with successive scenes of small creatures, from "1 cat purring in the garden" to "10 butterflies flitting among the flowers." Read full book review >

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STUDS TERKEL by Tony Parker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Unfortunately, unlike his subject, Parker has not learned how to induce on-guard interviewees to open up in surprising, revealing, fresh ways. (Radio satellite tour)"
British oral interviewer Parker (The Violence of Our Lives, 1995. etc.) pays tribute to the master of his craft: 84-year-old Louis ``Studs'' Terkel. Read full book review >

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"Genuinely uplifting and inspiring."
An honest, heartbreaking memoir that chronicles a pattern of tragedy and confusion. Read full book review >