Search Results: "Jessica Lamb-Shapiro"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A brave, personal book in which the author discovers the best of the self-help industry, despite its many flaws."
The author's exploration of the world of self-help books and of her own childhood trauma. Read full book review >

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Heart on a Sleeve by Mark Lamb
Released: Aug. 17, 2016

"An ambitious but ultimately unsatisfying set of loosely interconnected tales, each of which require further embellishment to make them feel whole."
Lamb (Do as I Say and Not as I Do, 2013, etc.) charts rifts and bonds in American families across four centuries in this novella.Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A balanced portrait of emotions, ideologies and awakenings on both sides of the racial divide as Mugabe's abuses pushed a 'model' African nation toward the brink of ruin."
A native-born white farmer and his Mashona maid reveal very different aspects of Zimbabwe's history over the past three decades. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2012

"Although the paragraphs are sometimes thick with detail, the author has documented a story of immense cultural importance."
The author of Blackout: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Spring Training (2004) returns with a comprehensive account of how journalists—black and white—covered the emerging story of the integration of Major League Baseball. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"A cautionary but sympathetic story of a man obsessed, though less perniciously than most."
Sensitive chronicle of a complex man who came to Africa to found his own kingdom, built a castle for the woman he loved, and ruled his subjects with a firm but benevolent hand. Read full book review >

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THE FADING by T.K. Lamb
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

"The story of a man's relatively sad life, but with enough preternatural occurrences to attract genre fans."
In Lamb's debut supernatural drama, a man is plagued by recurring images and dreams of a ghost, a demon, or perhaps something else entirely. Read full book review >

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LAURA SHAPIRO
by Megan Labrise

Culinary historian Laura Shapiro hungers for the delectable details of people’s lives—no matter their competence in the kitchen.

“I have always felt very strongly that you don’t have to be a food person—that is to say, an instinctive wonderful cook—to have a relationship with food,” says Shapiro, author of What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That ...


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STRIKING OUT by Robert Lamb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A sweet-natured foray, heavily tinged with nostalgia, into an age when growing up was mostly good fun—no drugs, no racial problems, only a little conflict between social classes and some anxiety about college."
The coming-of-age of an 18-year-old in the 1950's South—in an occasionally funny debut novel that's especially good on adolescent repartee but tends in the late going to idealize its hero and turn the plot into a wish-fulfillment fantasy. Read full book review >

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CHURCHILL AS WAR LEADER by Richard Lamb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 1993

"Truman, who fought in France during WW I, had never been overseas)—but revealing at times, and covering a subject of enduring fascination."
A judicious if somewhat clotted popular history of Churchill's wartime leadership, by British historian Lamb (The Drift to War, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >

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WISHIN’ AND HOPIN’ by Wally Lamb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Flimsy and barely entertaining."
Lightweight holiday fare in the entirely predictable subgenre of What Else Can Go Wrong at the Christmas Pageant? Read full book review >

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THE DRIFT TO WAR by Richard Lamb
NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 1991

"Meticulously researched survey of the period that could have been tied together better by including more interpretive essays."
Here, Lamb, a historian (Montgomery in Europe, 1984—not reviewed) and BBC radio commentator, narrates the salient events of that time of ``peace'' following the Great War that nurtured and finally unleashed the dreaded dogs of war in September 1939. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"There are things, says Lamb, that need 'to be known about prison and prisoners. There are misconceptions to be abandoned, biases to be dropped.' Here's a step in that direction."
Intense attestations of lives that ran afoul of the law, from women who have done or are doing time at a prison in Connecticut. Read full book review >