Search Results: "Joel Schwartzberg"


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SMALL THINGS CONSIDERED by Joel Schwartzberg
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 15, 2014

"Many parents, divorced or not, will see reflections of themselves in this pleasant collection."
A collection of humorous, sometimes poignant essays from an award-winning writer and happily divorced father who confesses to hating kids' music but loving Barry Manilow tunes. Read full book review >

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RONALD REAGAN by Renee Schwartzberg
Released: Dec. 7, 1990

A harsh view of Reagan and his career: Not particularly gifted intellectually, Reagan found success as a Hollywood actor, as a spokesman for GE, and later as a politician—accomplishments seen here as the product of a malleable personality and an excellent memory (which failed him, the author ironically points out, when he testified in the Poindexter trial—as it had 28 years earlier in a Justice Department investigation of his talent agency, MCA). Read full book review >

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FACE TO FACE WITH GRIZZLIES by Joel Sartore
ANIMALS
Released: May 8, 2007

"A glossy picture essay that young nature fans will enjoy browsing. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Tracking grizzlies from Alaska to the Rocky Mountains, a frequent National Geographic photographer, in a first book for children, gives young readers a first-hand account of daily life of these huge endangered mammals. Read full book review >

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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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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Ultimately, a textbookish but nonetheless supportive, enlightened study."
A salutary study—slightly overwhelmed by its enthusiasm for the theoretical—of strategies for meeting the ``crisis of meaning'' triggered by an HIV-positive diagnosis. Read full book review >

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BEAST & CROWN by Joel Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Regrettably, misses the mark. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A servant boy and his friends want to break free of a life of bowing and scraping—but at what cost? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"But his facts, and much of his analysis, will reward the careful reader."
A second, uneven installment of the economic apocalypse according to New York Times reporter Kurtzman (The Decline and Crash of the American Economy, 1988). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"A provocative argument heavy on emotion but light on economic ramifications."
Bakan (Law/Univ. of British Columbia; The Corporation, 2005) argues that corporations "resemble human psychopaths in their essential natures," and he calls for government regulation of big business, citing examples sure to make parents take notice. Read full book review >

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In the Name of Honor by Joel Feiss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2013

"Well-researched but overstuffed."
In Feiss' (The Formula, 2011, etc.) new novel, a cadet at the prestigious U.S. Air Force Academy dies under mysterious circumstances. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 2005

"Excellent scientific journalism on the challenges arising from a real tipping point in human relations."
An eye-opening exploration of how cutting-edge 21st-century technologies, in embryonic form right now, pose the stark alternatives of a real-life Utopia or Brave New World. Read full book review >