Search Results: "John D. Mayer"


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PERSONAL INTELLIGENCE by John D. Mayer
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Those looking to win friends and influence people should turn to Dale Carnegie and his cheerful disciples. Mayer confines himself to invariably stimulating insights backed by solid scientific research, so readers looking to understand the human condition will certainly enjoy this book."
There is more to brainpower than IQ, writes Mayer (Psychology/Univ. of New Hampshire; Personality: A Systems Approach, 2006, etc.) in this astute exploration of a different form of intelligence: the ability to understand the personalities of other human beings as well as our own. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT BRAIN by John D. Fitzgerald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 1967

"A funny, fast-moving, endearing book that adults will appreciate and boys will lap up."
According to J.D., Tom the Great Brain's younger brother, Adenville, Utah in 1896, is full of opportunities for an enterprising boy—Papa installs the first water closet in town (and Tom charges to see the cess pool dug, the chain pulled); J.D. catches the mumps first on purpose, has a chance to gloat over his still-swollen brothers (but Tom exacts a price for calling off his punishment); a Greek immigrant boy is badgered and bullied (and Tom earns a dollar for training him to outfight his chief tormentor); the new teacher turns out to be a tyrant (but Tom first has him fired, then rehired chastened). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 27, 2002

"Slightly arid, but a definitive survey, well written and thorough."
Comprehensive, thoughtful account of the role race played in recent American presidential elections. Read full book review >

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THE GRANDMA CURE by Pamela Mayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A middling story with a gentle lesson, though a bit too sophisticated for the low end of its target audience. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Squabbling grandmothers remind sick-in-bed Becky of her kindergarten classmates. Read full book review >

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THE FIGURE IN THE SHADOWS by Mercer Mayer
Released: April 29, 1975

"Still, a nice comfy ghost story for stay-at-homes who'll be relieved to know that the grownups can yet protect them against the powers of darkness."
It's the same old lard-ass Lewis of The House with a Clock in Its Walls, accustomed to living with' a practicing wizard and more worried about getting tough enough to take on class bully Woody Mingo. Read full book review >

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CONTRARY PLEASURE by John D. MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 1954

"Rentals, certainly (but without censure), and a women's market as well."
Not quite as tight a narrative as Cancel All Our Vows (1953), this spreads its interest over the lives and loves of the four Delevans- and their children, and is an assured and accomplished reconnaissance of a middle western, middle class community- with the comforts- but not the security- which money can buy. Read full book review >

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PLEASE WRITE FOR DETAILS by John D. MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1959

"But all in all, it adds up to more effort than entertainment."
Some high to broad comic caricatures and a set-up situation ease off- into romance- and offer a vista of a Summer Workshop in Cuernavaca where some thirteen students come for a month to paint. Read full book review >

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THE LONG LAVENDER LOOK by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 27, 1972

"McGee is as muy macho as ever which is all his advocates and Heidi — she's back at the end — want."
. . . is deep purple and dark red in Cypress County (Florida) when a girl, one of Travis McGee's youthful voluptuaries, runs across the road and puts his car underwater while he ends up in the inflexible hands of the local sheriff. Read full book review >

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SHERIFF GUS by John D DeSain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 16, 2013

"A promisingly complex detective story too often sidelined by editorializing."
In DeSain's (Prometheus Ignored, 2012) latest novel, a corrupt sheriff facing re-election tracks a serial killer in a rural California county where mysterious forces hold sway. Read full book review >

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DO WE STILL NEED DOCTORS? by John D. Lantos
NON-FICTION
Released: June 2, 1997

"A disturbing, often painful examination of a profession in transition. (Author tour)"
The title's challenging question is only one of the many posed in this wide-ranging examination of doctors and the practice of medicine. Read full book review >