Search Results: "Jacob Adler"


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A LIFE ON THE STAGE by Jacob Adler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A wonderful treat for theater lovers—and for anyone who likes real-life intrigue and emotion rendered with Dostoevskian intensity. (50 photos)"
The legendary actor's juicy memoirs, nicely fleshed out with his granddaughter Rosenfeld's explanatory commentary. Read full book review >

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MONEY AND THE MEANING OF LIFE by Jacob Needleman
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 18, 1991

"Needleman's best and most important book."
In previous work, dealing with apparently evermore earthly concerns, Needleman (Philosophy/San Francisco State) has dug for the spiritual roots of Christianity (Lost Christianity, 1980), philosophy (The Heart of Philosophy, 1982), and medicine (The Way of the Physician, 1985). Read full book review >

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EDEN UNLEASHED by Jacob Duringer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2014

"An intriguing premise rooted in provocative philosophical questions, but the promising beginning is undermined by a weak second half."
A brilliant, idealistic student's noble intentions go horribly awry in Duringer's sci-fi novel. Read full book review >

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THE BEND OF THE WORLD by Jacob Bacharach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2014

"A mischievous but fuzzy misadventure for modern 20-somethings."
Things fall apart when a slacker slouches his way through the vagaries of work and the phosphorescence of the Pittsburgh arts scene. Read full book review >

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RONALD REAGAN by Jacob Weisberg
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This concise biography makes a good case that Reagan was the second most important president of the 20th century after Franklin Roosevelt."
The latest in the commendable American Presidents series is a thoughtful biography of an increasingly well-regarded president. Read full book review >

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OF FLIES, MICE, AND MEN by François Jacob
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 1999

"If the likes of Jacob remain, there's hope."
A writer of style and substance narrates the transforming events of recent biology in seven inspired essays, neatly translated by Weiss. Read full book review >

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THE GREEKS AND GREEK CIVILIZATION by Jacob Burckhardt
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"An instructive excursion into Greek life, provided readers are not intimidated by occasional dense scholarly passages and a fair number of untranslated Greek words."
German cultural historian Burckhardt (1818—97) delivered a series of controversial lectures in the 1870s on life in ancient Greece, now first translated into English to provide a fascinating reexamination of Hellenic civilization. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 7, 2017

"An overwhelmingly sad and consistently vulgar anthology."
Rehashed tales of rock 'n' roll excess prove that even the most powerfully creative voices in music can be tone deaf about drug addiction. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"But despite minor flaws, he writes with the kind of balance between imaginative daring and explicatory clarity that has become academia's rarest commodity."
A fascinating combination of a sometimes poetic ``love song'' to and a crisp structural analysis of Judaism's magnum opus, the Babylonian Talmud. Read full book review >

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WHAT IS GOD? by Jacob Needleman
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 24, 2009

"An erudite, challenging text full of difficult questions, but it answers the title question with little more than a whispered answer."
Memoir about coming to grips with the concept of God. Read full book review >