Search Results: "Jonathan Gottschall"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PROFESSOR IN THE CAGE by Jonathan Gottschall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A personal history of violence that makes Norman Mailer look nuanced by comparison."
An English professor becomes a mixed martial arts cage fighter and then examines the history of human violence to justify the act. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2012

"Gottschall brings a light touch to knotty psychological matters, and he's a fine storyteller himself."
A lively pop-science overview of the reasons why we tell stories and why storytelling will endure. 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

TRUE HEROES by Jonathan Diaz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Broad streaks of sentimentality, particularly in the pictures, but the worthy purpose shines through. (Short stories. 8-12)"
In this unusual pro bono gathering, 21 children struck by cancer are worked into elaborately staged photographs and then into matching stories created by as many Utah authors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIG SNOW by Jonathan Bean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Winter's chills, rituals and resulting familial closeness, rendered in simple, surprisingly poignant drawings, make this a perennial read at first frost. (Picture book. 2-6)"
David tries to help his mother with Christmas housecleaning, but his mind swirls with thoughts of the big snow predicted to fall that afternoon. Read full book review >

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LEIF'S SAGA by Jonathan Hunt
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1996

"A striking, confident introduction to Leif's story. (bibliography) (Picture book. 5-10)"
A Norse shipbuilder tells his daughter the story of Leif Eiriksson's famous voyage, in this straightforward account based on the Icelandic sagas and current research. Read full book review >

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ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

In this companion to Hunt's Illuminations, fearful horrors mix with benevolent beasts, populating an alphabet book that should provide many hours of discovery. Read full book review >

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WHO'S AT THE DOOR? by Jonathan Allen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"A winning and funny variation on an old theme. (Picture book. 3-8)"
It's the shifty-eyed wolf at the pigs' door, but neither his several disguises (a blowzy old lady; a policeman) nor the mendacious reasons he offers for coming in (``I've locked myself out...Can I...use your phone?''; ``There's a suspicious old lady in the area'') deceive the three pigs; once they've had enough, they concoct their own disguise and frighten the wolf away with a satisfyingly clever role reversal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLANKTON IS PUSHY by Jonathan Fenske
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"An enjoyable comeuppance. Just don't turn the last page. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A pesky plankton discovers the secret to being a mussel in Fenske's salute to learning when to clam up. Read full book review >

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THIS IS MY HOME, THIS IS MY SCHOOL by Jonathan Bean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Home sweet school. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The family from BuildingOurHouse (2013) returns, but this time their son tells readers all about life as a home-schooled kid.Read full book review >

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WHERE IS BEAR? by Jonathan Bentley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"An inventive twist on the familiar lost-teddy story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young tot is trying to find Bear before bedtime. Read full book review >