Search Results: "James L. Sanford"


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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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 1998

"Male martyrdom may be overstated here, but new material suggests that everyone, including fathers, suffers in divorce."
"Bad dads" have been getting a bad rap, says Braaver, who offers results of a federally funded study showing that some divorced fathers really do care about their children. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"For readers interested in modern American political history, Lakoff's life of the writer will be of much use."
A respectful biography of the immigrant journalist and sometime intellectual gadfly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NAOMI'S GEESE by Sanford Evans
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"A well-structured book, with interesting parallels, a thoughtful and unsentimental look at nature, and a strong sense of place. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A reflective novel about the nature of love and the love of nature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAGGIE by John Sanford
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 1993

"A sometimes too personal story—occasionally, conversations obviously meaningful in context sound stiff and dated here—but heartfelt in its affection and gratitude. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
A moving testimony to the endurance of love and the human spirit as veteran writer Sanford (View from this Wilderness; A More Goodly Country, etc.) celebrates his 50-year-plus marriage to the beloved late Maggie, screenwriter of the Oscar-winning True Grit. Read full book review >

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SUTURES by Christopher Sanford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 1993

"Weightless entertainment—though possibly a welcome distraction for this year's initiates in the call room."
A brief, amiable first novel about a medical intern's life that's as entertaining as—and no more elucidating than—a late- night conversation in an after-hours bar. 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

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

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 >

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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 >