Search Results: "Jared Farmer"


BOOK REVIEW

TREES IN PARADISE by Jared Farmer
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 28, 2013

"Knowledgeable, wise and compelling, Farmer's book uncovers the subtle and surprising webs connecting the social, cultural and natural worlds of California, and the planet."
How did the Golden State become green? Read full book review >

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THE LORD OF OPIUM by Nancy Farmer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 13, 2013

"A vividly imagined tale of a future world full of fascinating characters and moral themes—a tremendous backdrop for one young man's search for identity. (cast of characters, map, chronology, appendix) (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
In the much-anticipated sequel to The House of the Scorpion (2002), 14-year-old Matteo Alacrán returns home as the new Lord of Opium. Read full book review >

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THICKER THAN WATER by Penelope Farmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"Unusually rich and involving. (Fiction. 10-15)"
In a subtle exploration of loss, grief, and family ties, Farmer (Charlotte Sometimes, 1969, etc.) incorporates an uneasy ghost yearning for decent burial into an orphaned boy's difficulties adapting to a new home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A dramatic rendering of the financial crisis in which readers are often left on the outside of an insider's world."
A firsthand account of the high-speed, merciless world of the modern-day trader. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 1992

"Quirky arguments at times, yes, but generally Diamond is as sharp as his name."
Plenty of provocative ideas in this grand sweep of evolutionary biology and anthropology: not surprising for this MacArthur "genius'' Award-winner, Natural History columnist, and UCLA Medical School physiology professor. Read full book review >

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VEGETABLES IN UNDERWEAR by Jared Chapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Those who are making the transition from diapers are sure to laugh, though it doesn't really stand out from the other books in the underwear drawer. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A survey of underwear and opposites is leavened (as if talk of underwear needs to be made funnier) by anthropomorphized veggies. Read full book review >

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STEVE, RAISED BY WOLVES by Jared Chapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Whether readers extrapolate from Steve's experiences to their own is open to question, but the story's message of the need to balance individuality with group expectations is neatly presented. (Picture book. 5-8)"
As the title indicates, Chapman plays with the raised-by-wolves trope in this first-day-of-school book. Read full book review >

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FRUITS IN SUITS by Jared Chapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"These fruits do not make a large enough splash in the pool; for the best fruit in the basket, check out the old favorite, Sexton Freymann and Joost Elffers' How Are You Peeling? (2004). (Picture book. 3-6)"
Chapman (Vegetables in Underwear, 2015) is back with digital illustrations featuring anthropomorphic fruits. Read full book review >

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PIRATE, VIKING & SCIENTIST by Jared Chapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Waging peace through…science! That this debut is as funny as it is sneakily informative is icing on the cake. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-7)"
In a clear triumph for the scientific method, a young researcher systematically discovers how to keep his two close friends from punching each other out every time they meet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

All The Evil Of This World by Jared Dillian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"A visceral financial tale that lacks the bite of The Wolf of Wall Street. "
A motley crew of Wall Street traders anticipates one of corporate America's biggest spinoffs in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 2007

"Riveting from start to finish."
An intrepid writer journeys to the Middle East at the dawn of the 21st century to document the lives of young people whose countries are immersed in social and political upheaval. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"The prose is not brilliant, and there are apologies and redundancies that we could do without. But a fair answer to Yali's question this surely is, and gratifyingly, it makes clear that race has nothing to do with who does or does not develop cargo."
MacArthur fellow and UCLA evolutionary biologist Diamond (The Third Chimpanzee, 1992, etc.) takes as his theme no less than the rise of human civilizations. Read full book review >