Search Results: "Joel Baden"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HISTORICAL DAVID by Joel Baden
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"This unflattering portrait of King David is a hard pill to swallow."
Following the lead of other scholars seeking to recreate history as portrayed in the Bible, Baden (Old Testament/Yale Divinity School; The Promise to the Patriarchs, 2013, etc.) sets out to thoroughly upend the story of King David. Read full book review >

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SKELETON JUSTICE by Michael Baden
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 30, 2009

"A well-plotted thriller supported by real-world experience and the main characters' likability."
A bizarre series of attacks that terrify New York may be linked to the brutal history of a foreign regime. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An impressive monograph by two scholars well-positioned to examine the impact of religion on secular life."
Two biblical scholars combine to dig into the actions and words of the billionaire Green family, founders of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEXTER BEXLEY AND THE BIG BLUE BEASTIE by Joel Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2007

"Fanciful fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a little boy encounters a fantastical creature, he uses his imagination to keep his new friend entertained. Read full book review >

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GEORGE BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER by Joel Meyerowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"An attractive book that will be most useful as a complement to the film. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
In the manner of Violette Verdy's step-by-step retellings (Of Swans, Sugarplums, and Satin Slippers, 1991), a scrupulously detailed narration explicating what's seen in a full performance of The Nutcracker—in this case, the new film version. Read full book review >

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ADDIS BERNER BEAR FORGETS by Joel Stewart
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 6, 2008

"Written in spare rhythmic language, the text lends itself to being read aloud; however, a close inspection of the illustrations is absolutely necessary for full understanding and enjoyment of this subtle, lovely tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Addis Berner Bear, a brown bear, arrives in a large, nameless city amidst the chaos of swirling snow, speeding cars and rushing holiday shoppers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Not likely to win any new converts to America's cowboys-and-Indians approach to fixing foreign countries' deep-seated problems."
Long-winded, superfluously stuffed account of the author's vain attempts to induce the Afghans to give up their primary cash crop. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"The detailing of the actual concert reads like old news, and the sourcing could be clearer, but this is a compelling analysis of an event that hadn't seemed like it needed anything more written about it."
An incisive account of the most infamous concert debacle in rock history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A grim reminder of the many 'reasons why species should be preserved.'"
A shocking account of how the passenger pigeon, a bird found only in North America, became extinct. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A TOWN CALLED JERICHO by Joel Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 1992

"He succeeds, though, in making North Dakota sound even bleaker than the Bronx."
A tale of two losers: a small-town mayor who sees his long-shot race for the state assembly as the first step in his becoming the fifth face on Mount Rushmore, and a returning exile from the town who hopes to avenge his mother's death years ago by assassinating the candidate. Read full book review >

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ENDANGERED MEXICO by Joel Simon
NON-FICTION
Released: April 22, 1997

"This sobering book is required reading for environmentalists, both critics and supporters of NAFTA, and all readers who care for Mexico's future."
Fine environmental reporting from the Third World front lines. Read full book review >