Search Results: "John James Audubon"


BOOK REVIEW

JOHN JAMES AUDUBON by John James Audubon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

As recently as a hundred years ago, in a more assured age than this, the enduring importance of a literary career could be measured by whether an edition of an author's collected works was issued. Bound in calfskin for the wealthy bibliophile, in a more modest cloth of some subdued hue for the less well-to-do, these sets made several statements about an age. They suggested that readers could most appreciate writers by knowing the entirety of their work and not simply one or two particularly flashy efforts. And those ranks of volumes, filling the shelves of home libraries, further showed that it was possible for individuals to possess much of the best work by the best minds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 25, 1993

"List of secondary sources. (Autobiography. 10-14)"
Explaining that ``Our selections, with minor editing, come from Maria Audubon (1986), Audubon and His Journals,'' the Roops choose passages that outline Audubon's life, work, and thought, effectively evoking a man for whom painting birds was ``almost a mania,'' who ``would even give up doing a head, the profits of which would have supplied our wants for a week, to represent a citizen of the feathered tribe,'' and who wondered prophetically about imminent effects of ``the surplus population of Europe coming to assist in the destruction of the forest.'' The book is attractively furnished with excellent reproductions (titled but not dated); Farley's rather stolid paintings suffer by comparison, ironically underlining Audubon's skill. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 27, 1991

"Slick pop-psychology for those interested in easy-to-digest self-help books."
Psychotherapist James (co-author, A New Self, 1977, etc.) and her son and fellow therapist expand on transactional analysis to build their own theory of psychology and the human spirit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHAKESPEARE'S THEATER by Jacqueline Morley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 31, 1994

"A sturdy addition to the Inside Story series. (Index; glossary; chronology) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A thumbnail history of the English theater, from its ancient and medieval predecessors to its suppression by the Puritans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A MEDIEVAL CATHEDRAL by Fiona Macdonald
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Cathedral Facts and Building Styles'' are appended; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
The author of A Medieval Castle, also in the ``Inside Story'' series, presents the ingenious, devoted, and indefatigable builders who perfected the medieval cathedral as a stone prayer to God and a place of community pride. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 24, 1998

"A step up for stepfamilies, who may not fit exactly into the pigeonholes described but can take comfort and guidance from Bray's findings."
A handbook for blended families that offers some substantive advice, based on a 10-year longitudinal study by Bray, presented with the help of Kelly (co-author, The Secret Life of an Unborn Child, not reviewed). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 1991

"An insider's saavy appraisal of a lad who lierally grew too big for his britches; no real surprises or new dirt for attentive readers of tabloid and business news, but a slick piece of work that will almost surely attract attention."
An old saw about Hollywood has it that if you scrape away the phoney tinsel, you'll find the real tinsel underneath. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

How to Love Myself and Others by James John
Released: March 4, 2015

"A sweet, approachable instructional manual for teaching kids how to love themselves and others."
This debut children's book from James and his kids explains the importance of kindness to others—and yourself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEBULA AWARDS SHOWCASE 2012 by James Patrick Kelly
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2012

"Not a banner year, all things considered, with greatest likely appeal to the younger section of the audience (but is it the audience that's getting younger, or the writers, or the voters?), and too often pallid, especially—perhaps unfairly—contrasted with a true heavyweight champion like Tiptree."
The 2010 Nebula Award winners, as voted in 2011 by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (after a preliminary sieving), finally served up in 2012. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 13, 1992

"The reader-friendly text has a wealth of helpful tabular material throughout."
An attention-grabbing audit by two Harvard Business School professors of the role that culture (broadly defined as the shared attitudes, behavioral patterns, and values that cohesive human groups pass on from one generation to the next) can play in the capacity of major corporations to succeed or fail in the marketplace. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

2030 by Amy Zuckerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"It comes with an extensive bibliography; sadly, neither 1984 nor Feed made the cut. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
This peek into the future comes to read more like a cautionary tale than a revel in the phantasmagoria down the road. Read full book review >