Search Results: "Jacqueline S. Salit"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Fighting against the strong political machines of a two-party system may seem Sisyphean now, but Salit's story of how well they've done so far inspires hope that one day they will succeed."
Independentvoting.org president Salit (co-author: Talk/Talk: Making (Non) Sense of an Irrational World, 2010) discusses independent voters in this "honest and unvarnished account of events, personalities, and contexts in the formative decades of what I feel certain will turn out to be a century-defining dynamic." Read full book review >

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S. by Slavenka Drakulic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"This one is more painful than most."
Justly acclaimed as a journalist and an essayist, Drakuli—chose the novel for her latest tale of the terrors of the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. Read full book review >

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S by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 1988

"Possible moral here: a rage for symmetry isn't always an artist's best friend."
A companion piece to Roger's Version, this is Updike updating Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter by having Hester Prynne—here, Sarah Worth—get her two cents in as well. Read full book review >

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S. by J.J. Abrams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Beguiling. For fans of mysteries, postmodern fiction and fine bookmaking: a book that makes demands of its reader, but that amply entertains in return."
A delightful, endlessly unfolding fiction that is meta beyond meta, a sort of Da Vinci Code for smart people. Read full book review >

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HISS-S-S-S! by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"With a disappointing lack of emotion and humor, the story feels less like a boy's adventure with his first pet and more like a manual on how to (and how not to) care for a pet snake. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Ophidiophobes beware! Readers who aren't genuine snake lovers will likely find it difficult to sink their fangs into this tale. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 2011

"All politics is local—and personal. These interviews are invaluable in providing a fly-on-the-wall view of life in the Kennedy White House—and there has never been so intimate a view from a First Lady's perspective."
The late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis speaks candidly about life in Camelot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JACQUELINE BOUVIER by John H. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 1996

"Although the broad outlines of Jacqueline Bouvier's childhood are familiar, Davis's memories add details that will help readers better understand this most celebrated, most mysterious woman."
Nothing more to learn about Jackie O.? Read full book review >

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JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY ONASSIS by Donald Spoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2000

"Uncritical, unoriginal, sometimes downright sappy—just like most love letters. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Celebrity biographer Spoto (Notorious: The Life of Ingrid Bergman, 1997, etc.) glides smoothly across the silken surface of the life of one of this century's most famous women. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Informative but ultimately unsatisfying. (16 pages b&w photos)"
This biography of barrier-smashing cellist du PrÇ (1945—87) is the literary equivalent of an Çtude: important for the lessons it teaches, but dry and decidedly lacking in musicality. Read full book review >

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JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS by Lester David
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 28, 1994

"To be read under the hair dryer, but not really thrilling enough to take home. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 50,000; first serial to New Woman)"
A rehash of the life of Jackie as she turns 65: a collection of old news, non-news, and tabloid analysis. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. S by George Jacobs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2003

"Deliciously gossipy, yet Sinatra is recalled with affection rather than spite."
As-told-to memoir of life with the famous crooner by his African-American Man Friday, lubricated with racy tales about the stars, the Kennedys, and the Mob. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

S/Z by Roland Barthes
Released: Sept. 9, 1974

"Barthes has brought new life to a foundering literary aesthetics with this synthesis of science and imaginative humanism, for those familiar with the terminology."
In this essential application of structural linguistics to the problems of literary criticism, Roland Barthes—a disciple of Saussure and one of the cardinal spokesmen of semiology—opposes both the goals and methods of classic rhetoric. Read full book review >