Search Results: "Irving Berlin"


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THE SPRING by Clifford Irving
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"In this case, the horizon, like Shangri-la itself, should have stayed lost."
A lumpy legal fantasy from an author more at home when he sticks to the courtroom (Final Argument, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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GEORGE SANTAYANA by Irving Singer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Singer is a graceful writer, but one who seems most comfortable addressing an academic readership. Nonetheless, committed lay readers will also find this to be a sound introduction to Santayana's broad sphere of philosophic influence."
An ornately conceived, sometimes elliptical, but comprehensive and insightful examination of the work of philosopher George Santayana. Read full book review >

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THE MESSIAH STONES by Irving Benig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"First-time author Benig may not be the second coming of James Redfield, but this lightweight adventure can be a fun jaunt nonetheless. (First printing of 150,000; $100,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A crowd-pleasing if not-especially-enlightening ``spiritual journey,'' Ö la The Celestine Prophecy, is taken by a surprisingly engaging cast of characters. Read full book review >

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THE FOURTH HAND by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2001

"Recently Irving has been alternating his usual doorstoppers with slighter books like the miscellany Trying to Save Piggy Sneed (1996) and the memoir My Movie Business (1999). Don't be fooled by The Fourth Hand. He's still between novels."
A handsome TV newsman has his left hand chomped off by a hungry lion, and a former lacrosse star stays in game shape by hurling dog turds into the Charles River . . . hmmm, probably not the new Eudora Welty novel, you say? Read full book review >

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Released: May 20, 1976

"The essays do not overlap, but are presented in stimulating contrast to and concert with one another."
Vico, the great philosopher and legal theorist of the Enlightenment who lived and died in obscurity, was among the first to sound the prevailing modern theme. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 25, 2010

"An insightful meditation on the physical and cultural journeys of African-Americans in the United States."
A succinct study of how the migrations of African Americans, from the slavery era to the present, affected the development of black culture in America. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Penetrating work from the old fox of liberalism, as brilliant in rethinking the past as in recreating its thought."
More of a motley in scope than previous selections of his essays (The Crooked Timber of Humanity, 1991, etc.), this collection nonetheless displays Berlin's superb erudition and always stimulating insights. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1998

"A cogently argued, well-researched narrative that points to the complex nature of American slavery, the falsity of many of our stereotypes, and the unique world wrought by the slaves themselves. (4 illustrations, 4 maps)"
In a real contribution to the literature of American slavery, Berlin (History/Univ. of Maryland, College Park; co-editor, Families and Freedom, 1997) sketches the complex evolution of that institution in the American colonies and the early US. Read full book review >

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HEADLOCK by Adam Berlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2000

"Easy entertainment, from a still-imitative writer who may grow."
Berlin debuts with a deft but conventional tale of youth and anger, in a fictional house of toughness resting on a thin psychological foundation. Read full book review >

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Death Is Not "The End" by Mandy Berlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2015

"Fans of the movie Ghost will enjoy this tale of love surviving death."
A skeptic gains a new outlook on life after her husband's premature death from cancer. Read full book review >