Search Results: "James Salzman"


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DRINKING WATER by James  Salzman
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"An appealing, fact-filled overview of the most basic necessity of human life."
Salzman (Law and Environmental Policy/Duke Univ.) looks at the history of drinking water and how it is connected to a range of global environmental, social and political issues. Read full book review >

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TRUE NOTEBOOKS by Mark Salzman
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A captivating story of hopeless young men whose committed teacher listens—and thereby learns as much as he teaches."
Novelist Salzman (Lying Awake, 2000, etc.) chronicles his experiences as a teacher of writing to young defendants held in Central Juvenile Hall, Los Angeles. Read full book review >

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THE SOLOIST by Mark Salzman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Salzman's handling of his weighty theme—the passing of torches as the ennobling essence of civilization—is unfailingly light and delicate: this is lovely, offbeat movie material."
Jury duty in a murder trial helps resolve a classical musician's deep professional crisis—in a haunting second novel from the author of The Laughing Sutra (1990) and Iron and Silk (1986), Salzman's acclaimed book (and later movie) about China. Read full book review >

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LYING AWAKE by Mark Salzman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2000

"A valiant and intelligent failure: despite his best efforts, Salzman has created a kind of ecclesiastical drag-show that fails to get below the surface of life in the Carmel."
A deliberate and somewhat plodding account of life inside a Carmelite convent, told with a surfeit of awe by Salzman (The Soloist, 1994; the nonfiction Lost in Place, 1995), who seems to have read too much Rumer Godden for his own good. Read full book review >

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THE LAUGHING SUTRA by Mark Salzman
Released: Jan. 1, 1990

"Disappointing."
Young China hand Salzman made a big splash (at age 22) with his account of teaching in China, Iron and Silk (1986); now comes his first novel, a picaresque set in China, Hong Kong, and San Francisco. Read full book review >

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IRON AND SILK by Mark Salzman
Released: Jan. 26, 1986

"Exhilarating."
Terrific debut by a 22-year-old who writes with limpid simplicity, grace and at times tingling fire, about Ms two-year teaching fellowship in China's Human province. Read full book review >

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LOST IN PLACE by Mark Salzman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Salzman engagingly describes teen malleability and confusion; hopefully he'll immortalize his childhood next."
An affectionate and often incisive appraisal of the author's thoroughly peculiar yet thoroughly representative suburban Connecticut adolescence. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

A useful if not altogether satisfying anthology regarding the two great minorities, whose relationship sometimes seems mired, in one contributor's felicitous if depressing phrase, in ``confusion, misunderstanding, and ahistoricism.'' Salzman (director, Center for American Culture/Harvard) and West (African-American Studies and Philosophy of Religion/Harvard; Race Matters, 1993, etc.) have brought together about an equal number of black and Jewish scholars in these 21 original essays. Read full book review >

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SOME THOUGHTS ON LOVE
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

So many people make New Year’s Resolutions to start the year, but for the second January in a row, I’ll be contemplating memories and saying good-byes.

My husband lost his father this week.

There’s a lot of emotion to visit, of course, though he suffered from memory issues and so, in many ways, his family has said their ...


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SPRINGING INTO MUST-READ CONTEMPORARY & SUSPENSE
by Bobbi Dumas

April is here, though you wouldn’t know it from my window view - snow is falling! (sigh) Thankfully it’s not sticking, and according to the forecast, it will be seventy degrees by the weekend. Mother Nature seems to be slightly confused in the Midwest this spring, and the national news can make my heart feel cold, but I’m glad we can ...


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CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT
by Julie Danielson

To say that Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James knocked their first picture book out of the ballpark would be an understatement about a book with very little that is understated about it. In the short time it’s been on shelves, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut has garnered a host of starred reviews and much-deserved praise.

This rhythmic ...


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