Search Results: "Jerome Preisler"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A riveting chronicle of stunning achievement against the odds."
Just days from his 13th birthday, Daniel Trush suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage; this is the story of his miraculous recovery, recounted by Preisler (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Skin Deep, 2010, etc.) and the Trush family. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"A satisfying historical whodunit, redolent with Cold War paranoia and tragedy."
Convincing argument that the 1968 sinking of the nuclear submarine USS Scorpion, long considered an accident, was the result of a Soviet attack. Read full book review >

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EVERYDAY MYSTERIES by Jerome Wexler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The exercise is mildly amusing but the whole enterprise never overcomes a sense of languid familiarity. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A book of full-color photographs by Wexler (Jack-in-the- Pulpit, 1993, etc.) divided into five different sections, each of which invites readers to take a different close-up view of everyday objects, from sweaters to potato chips. Read full book review >

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JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT by Jerome Wexler
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1993

"A handsome presentation that wonderfully conveys the fascination of learning a lot about a particular species. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
In the manner of Wexler's Wonderful Pussy Willows (1992), a lucid description of this appealing woodland flower, focusing on its propagation and growth and complemented by stunning color photos detailing appearance, habitat, and such magnified details as the male and female flowers (one ``Jack'' can be either or both) and the tiny gnats that pollinate them. Read full book review >

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PET HAMSTERS by Jerome Wexler
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Using a format similar to that of his Pet Mice (1989), Wexler describes selecting and raising hamsters; offers advice on cages, equipment, diet, habits, and health; depicts mating, birth, and the hamsters' day-by-day development; and concludes with tips for photographers. Read full book review >

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BACK TO BATAAN by Jerome Charyn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1993

In a veteran author's weak first novel for young people—set in 1943 New York—a boy bounces between the palatial Upper West Side digs of a hated classmate and a hobo's makeshift shelter in Riverside Park. Read full book review >

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STRANGLEHOLD by Jerome Doolittle
Released: Dec. 2, 1991

"The writing is facile, frequently wry."
Boston trouble-shooter Tom Bethany—the cynical, savvy, and well-muscled hero of Body Scissors (1990)—is now helping out married girlfriend Hope Edwards, an ACLU attorney, when Pilgrim Mutual Life refuses to pay the ACLU the quarter million left to them by wealthy flake Morty Limbach, a suicide by autoerotic asphyxiation. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 2000

"Jerome reports that memory, routine, and even sleep are among the compensatory pleasures of old age (when even sex can be slow and tender). The insights, courage, and humor of this memoir create a wake that younger paddlers could follow."
Sagacious and entertaining field notes on a canoe trip into the cold waters of old age. Read full book review >

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WALT WHITMAN by Jerome Loving
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"A useful academic biography, but not one to capture the imagination of the general reader."
Perhaps every age needs to reinterpret its icons, but this first full-length, critical biography of Walt Whitman in nearly 20 years, while perfectly serviceable and replete with modest insights and discoveries, is primarily for scholars. Read full book review >

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JERZY by Jerome Charyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Kosinki's is a sad tale; he was a gifted raconteur except on the page in his chosen language, a flaw all the more obvious when conveyed through Charyn's resourceful imagination and always-colorful, punchy, provocative prose."
The rise and fall of novelist Jerzy Kosinski (1933-1991) emerges in an offbeat way through real and imagined figures in his life. Read full book review >

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DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI AND THE GAME THAT MUST BE LOST by Jerome McGann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"The 'game' that McGann refers to is art, which can never fully fulfill its mission or be rendered perfectly in its execution. Nonetheless, if both Rossetti and McGann must eventually lose their game, their efforts are stronger than most."
McGann (Media/Univ. of Virginia) examines the poetry and paintings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti in an effort to determine why the artist's stature, so high between 1850 and 1910, fell dramatically with the rise of Modernism. Read full book review >

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MONTEZUMA'S MAN by Jerome Charyn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Not for the fainthearted—each of Charyn's baroque anti- procedural fantasies is required reading for all the others—but another bracing immersion in the most sustained attempt to date to create a personal mythology out of a police hero."
Now that his right-hand-man Manfred Coen is dead, New York Police Commissioner Isaac Sidel (The Good Policeman, etc., etc.) recruits a new lieutenant, Joe Barbarossa, an Irish/Italian/Nez PercÇ on the outs with Isaac's Justice Department scourge Frederic LeComte ever since he killed Montezuma, a doper turned DEA undercover agent. Read full book review >