Search Results: "Jan Bondeson"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1999

"If he educates, it's as a broadly inquisitive and keen naturalist; that he amuses is not a point for debate. (63 b&w photos, 8 illustrations, not seen)"
Bondeson (A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities, 1997) is back with another mind-blowing collection of scientific anomalies and mysteries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Entertaining studies of classic imposters and a public inclined to be gullible even before the age of TV. (20 illustrations)"
Continuing his series of historical investigations (Buried Alive, 2001, etc.), Bondeson reconsiders perennial tales of substituted infants, royal pretenders, wild children, and claimants to lapsed inheritances. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LONDON MONSTER by Jan Bondeson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"An attentive, subtle rendering of a strange historical episode, alternatively disturbing and absurd."
A well-told narrative of the popular hysteria surrounding a mysterious, misogynist slasher who stalked London a century before the Ripper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"A necrobibliac classic (in the tradition of Nancy Mitford's American Way of Death): it may keep you up all night—not from fear but from fascination."
Grave matters are treated with wit and erudition in this study of premature burial throughout Western history, from physician Bondeson (The London Monster, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"A sober, informative disquisition on the sundry forms that humanity can assume and endure. (85 b&w photos)"
In a companion volume to his A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities (1997), physician Bondeson explores "the history of teratology, the science of monstrous births." Read full book review >

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A CABINET OF MEDICAL CURIOSITIES by Jan Bondeson
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"With its numerous illustrations of these poor creatures, this in-depth Believe It or Not can be seen as a continuation of the exploitation that marked their lives."
Eight history-laden essays on bizarre beliefs, fears, and behaviors, plus two additional pieces on several unfortunate human anomalies—all serving as reminders of human gullibility, mendacity, and cruelty. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NURSE JAN by Ann Jasper
Released: Jan. 4, 2013

"A predictable story that's enjoyable enough for readers interested in medicine."
A fictionalized account of the author's experiences in nursing school during the 1950s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAN ORMEROD'S TO BABY WITH LOVE by Jan Ormerod
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A feast of bright yet subtle color and bold design, just right for introducing the youngest to some familiar animals while tickling their ears with contagious rhymes and their minds with a few simple concepts. (Picture book. 1-5)"
An artist known especially for her exquisite draughtsmanship visualizes five familiar nursery pieces in vibrant paint set off by brilliant white. Read full book review >

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TROUBLED WATERS by Carolyn Wheat
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Required reading for anybody who remembers the '60s—or anybody who's forgotten them."
The shocking resurfacing of a long-vanished fugitive—Cass Jameson's old friend and fellow-activist Jan Gebhardt turns herself in to the authorities—yanks Cass out of her New York orbit to the side of her quadriplegic brother in Ohio and back in time to 1982, when Ron Jameson allegedly drove his van to the spot where Jan executed a federal agent. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SINS AND NEEDLES by Monica Ferris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2006

"Betsy, who's growing as a character, gets an especially interesting case this time."
A search for a birth mother provides the impetus for a murder in Minnesota. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MEANT TO BE by Rita Coburn Whack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 2002

"Well-written though oft-told, and interrupted much too often by a confused spirituality."
Jan Campbell is an excellent student and devoted churchgoer—until she scandalizes the Baptist congregation by saying "nobody should hold a child back from God. . . ." Read full book review >