Search Results: "James L. Halperin"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRST IMMORTAL by James L. Halperin
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"More gosh-wow futurology than family saga: hardworking but uncompelling hype from the author of The Truth Machine (not reviewed)."
In 1988, a 63-year-old innovative doctor, Ben Smith, dies of a heart attack—but he's arranged to have his body placed in cryonic suspension, gambling that someday medical science will be able to revive him. Read full book review >

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FIRE AND RAIN by Ian Halperin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Despite the amount of time Halperin spends on Taylor's considerable difficulties, the affection he has for Taylor's music, best exhibited by the interviews with fans that are scattered throughout the book, shines throughout."
The turbulent life, loves, and career of pop star James Taylor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIBLE AS IT WAS by James L. Kugel
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Bible'' is really a series of texts filtered through the imaginative perceptions of its ancient exegetes. (24 illustrations, not seen) (History Book Club main selection)"
An extraordinary, pathbreaking scholarly achievement: an annotated anthology of interpretations of ancient (mostly 100 b.c.300 a.d.) interpretations of the Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible) culled from hundreds of sources. ``Interpretation'' here often refers to the homiletical expansion of a biblical narrative—known in the Jewish tradition as midrash—particularly to fill in narrative gaps and vague allusions, or to resolve morally problematic passages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A DARKLING SEA by James L. Cambias
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"An exceptionally thoughtful, searching and intriguing debut."
Science-fiction novel from game designer and story writer Cambias, the first of a projected series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 24, 1991

"Authoritative yet accessible: another fine showing by Stokesbury."
Stokesbury (A Short History of the Korean War, 1988, etc.; History/Acadia Univ., Nova Scotia) again displays his exceptional ability to boil down vast historic materials into a first-rate one- volume narrative. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT SHIFT by James L. Kugel
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Biblical exegesis at its best: a brilliant and sensitive reading of ancient texts, all with an eye to making them meaningful to our time by making sense of what they meant in their own."
An inquiry into how the contemporaries of Solomon and Sheba viewed the presence of the deity and why the reality of that highly personal divine/mortal relationship changed over time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FROSH by James L. Sanford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2013

"An overly long, sometimes meandering tale that still achieves a vivid portrait of an important moment in time."
A coming-of-age novel about a group of college freshman grappling with growing up during historically tempestuous times. Read full book review >

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A SHORT HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR by James L. Stokesbury
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"An excellent introduction to one of the most eventful stories in American history."
Who needs another one-volume history of the Civil War? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 8, 2013

"An effective manual for parents who want to establish a pro-learning mindset and develop concrete strategies for helping their children succeed in school."
A longtime teacher and principal guides parents through the basics of supporting and enriching childhood education. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"A brief, serviceable historical overview."
The large-scale detainment of specific ethnic groups by the U.S. government goes back a long way, writes journalist Dickerson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Less dramatic than the author's previous work, but full of vigorous prose and dynamic stories about the period immediately following the end of the Civil War."
The author of two books on the Lincoln assassination takes another look at the aftermath. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2012

"A useful attempt to understand a still-unfolding story."
A solid primer on the Arab Spring. Read full book review >