Search Results: "Janice Gross"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Szpirglas, who describes himself as 'Just a guy who happens to think weird animals and gross facts are cool,' lists 38 researchers and experts consulted in an impressive concluding page of 'Amazingly Awesome Acknowledgments.' (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Face it, Szpirglas tells us, the world we live in is definitely gross—and we're pretty yucky, too. Read full book review >

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UNCLE JANICE by Matt Burgess
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Is it possible that Burgess is doing for Queens what Junot Diaz is doing for New Jersey? No easy answer just yet, but this novel will make you wait for one to show up."
The multicultural stew pot that is contemporary Queens is served up steaming in this pungently uproarious novel about a frenzied young policewoman advancing her career one drug buy at a time. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"An approach that may reach and inform more desperately curious Westerners than that of the scholarly Orientalists."
Does flying a plane into the World Trade Center make a Muslim into a martyr? Algerian playwright Benaïssa tackles the terrible question head-on in a small, clever novel, his first translated into English. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Scholars of Stuart England will find much here that's intellectually provocative, especially in the realm where law and social history meet, but the general reader will want a bit more human drama mixed in with the intellectual abstractions. (15 photos, not seen)"
A mildly interesting analysis of the 1631 trial of the infamous earl of Castlehaven, who was beheaded for sodomy and rape. Read full book review >

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THE RITES & WRONGS OF JANICE WILLS by Joanna Pearson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2011

"Serve to readers who like their chick lit with a side of humor. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Who better to study adolescent behavior than Janice Wills, a budding anthropologist and teenager herself? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"An intelligent and provocative examination of the legacy of the cold war."
In a well-articulated, arresting argument, Lebow (Political Science/Pittsburgh) and Stein (Political Science/Toronto) assert that the conventional wisdom that the West won the cold war is mistaken, and that military spending and geopolitical rivalry have exhausted the US and the countries of the former USSR, with implications that continue to haunt us today. Read full book review >

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I SEE, YOU SEE: DAY by Sandra Gross
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"For a baby's first foray into books, there are far better high-contrast titles than this offering, such as Phyllis Limbacher Tildes' Baby Animals Spots & Stripes (2015) and Baby Animals Day & Night (2016). (Board book. 0-2)"
In this wordless board book, babies can explore everyday objects and scenes rendered in high-contrast black-and-white art. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 2012

"An upbeat account full of useful information."
Yahoo! Finance columnist and editor Gross (Dumb Money: How Our Greatest Financial Minds Bankrupted the Nation, 2009, etc.) confidently asserts that America is not in a terminal decline. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A juicy, breezily told social history of La La Land, deal by deal."
Location, location, location. Gross (Rogues' Gallery: The Secret History of the Moguls and the Money that Made the Metropolitan Museum, 2009, etc.) presents a history of Los Angeles land development that is rich in incident and full of thwarted ambition, visionary zeal and conspicuous consumption. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2011

"A thought-provoking resource for end-of-life care."
A New York Times reporter helps readers face a final, difficult journey. Read full book review >

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STRANGERS AT THE GATE by Leonard Gross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"More gunfights might have helped."
The newest from Gross (Mirror, 1981; coauthor, with Pierre Salinger, of Mortal Games, 1988, etc.) is an international thriller cum travelogue, food column, social treatise—on ethnicity and the demise of San Francisco—as well as a plain, comfortable novel sporting some mildly exotic sexual interludes. Read full book review >

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FOCUS by Michael Gross
NON-FICTION
Released: July 5, 2016

"Not a pretty picture of sex, drugs, beautiful women, and raw ambition."
The reality of fashion photography "can be murky, often decadent, and sometimes downright ugly." Read full book review >