Search Results: "Jonathan Alter"


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THE CENTER HOLDS by Jonathan Alter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 4, 2013

"The president's supporters and, really, all political junkies will love this. Republicans, not so much."
A veteran author, journalist and commentator chronicles the campaign that assured President Barack Obama a second term and cemented a consensus among Americans stretching back to the New Deal. Read full book review >

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THE PROMISE by Jonathan Alter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 18, 2010

"Politics junkies will find this rewarding, particularly in Alter's account of the inner workings of the White House and Capitol Hill."
Newsweek senior editor Alter (The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, 2006, etc.) turns in a freshman-year report card for the sitting president, with mixed but generally good grades. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2006

"Well-written and useful, though William Leuchtenberg's Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal (1963) remains the unseated—and just as readable—standard."
The birth of the New Deal, capably recounted. Read full book review >

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A NEW ARRIVAL by Anna Alter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Good friends and familiar situations will make readers feel at home in this second volume of the series. (Fiction. 6-9)"
The Sprout Street neighborhood is shaken up by the arrival of a new resident. Read full book review >

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THE PHANTOM ISLES by Stephen Alter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Fresh and familiar—an entertaining read. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Middle-schoolers Courtney, Orion and Ming accidentally raise the long-dead spirits of Phantom Islanders entrapped by an early 20th-century scientist and carried away from their Indian Ocean home to Carville, Mass., where they've been hidden in books in the library's basement stacks. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2008

"An undeniably gimmicky premise, but executed with enough humor, heart and authenticity to charm even the most skeptical reader."
"Is it so wrong to want to be bossed around by Helen Gurley Brown?" asks freelance writer Alter (Virgin Territory: Stories from the Road to Womanhood, 2004), who decided that for one year she would follow without question the advice she found in nine women's magazines. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 2013

"A fine, useful resource for lay scholars, clergy and serious Bible readers."
A fresh translation of six historical books of the Hebrew Bible. Read full book review >

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BECOMING A MOUNTAIN by Stephen Alter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"There are many treasures to discover in this insightful memoir of hiking and healing in the Himalayas."
With a naturalist's eye and a poet's pen, a victim of violence looks to the Himalayas for healing. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2013

"While the eye-catching title may suggest a hot new shade of lipstick, the contents are solid, down-to-earth insights into why we think, feel and act the way we do."
A brisk survey of how human emotions, thoughts and behaviors are shaped by such seemingly small factors as colors as well as such major ones as culture and weather. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN DEE
by Rachel Sugar

Jonathan Dee’s latest, an exquisitely nuanced drama of simmering small-town politics, is so prescient—so uncannily current—it’s a source of concern. “I worry a little bit the novel is close enough to current events that people are going to read it a little too much as if it were a key to current events,” Dee says.

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BOOK REVIEW

FIVE STORIES by Anna Alter
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"Here's hoping that in the next Sprout Street tales there are fewer words and more action, which will help young readers connect with these characters. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Five neighbors learn to live together in their apartment building despite their differences. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Overall, the package lacks the pizzazz that will truly get kids excited about the projects or the science that will compel them to recycle. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
What can be done with an unmatched flip-flop, a raggedy T-shirt and an old tin can? Read full book review >