Search Results: "Joshua Wolf Shenk"


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POWERS OF TWO by Joshua Wolf Shenk
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Shenk's inclusion of fascinating biographical material enlivens his provocative thesis on the genesis of creative innovation."
Shenk (Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness, 2005, etc.) debunks "the myth of the lone genius [that] has towered over us like a colossus" and its counterpart, "the most common alternative [that]…locates creativity in networks." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2005

"An inspirational tale of how suffering bred a visionary of hard-won wisdom."
A significant contribution to the study of Lincoln and his battle with depression that will resonate with contemporary Americans. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Although mostly intended for parents, many teens will also find this to be a very enlightening, often optimistic work on a challenging topic. (foreword by Tony Atwood, not seen) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
With about one percent of the population fitting somewhere on the autistic spectrum, accurate insight into this condition is welcome. Read full book review >

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LEVERAGE by Joshua Cohen
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Kurt and his struggles are heartbreakingly real, and readers will pull for him long after the story ends. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Kurt and Danny are on high-school teams vastly different in school status. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2011

"An original, entertaining exploration about how and why we remember."
In his first book, freelance journalist Foer recounts his adventures in preparing for the U.S. Memory Championship, investigating both the nature of memory and why the act of memorization still matters. Read full book review >

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FOUR NEW MESSAGES by Joshua Cohen
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Cohen doesn't pull off every trick he attempts, but it's a pleasure to witness him test the limits of narrative."
A quartet of cleverly conceived tales that capture our anxieties about living in an increasingly commodified and digitized society. Read full book review >

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LEON TROTSKY by Joshua Rubenstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"An accessible scholarly account of a man whose life spanned continents, whose charisma was legendary and whose ideas sparked a revolution and its backlash."
Brilliant, charismatic, fatally idealistic and dogmatic—Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) was all this and more, according to this fine biography, the latest in the publisher's Jewish Lives series. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2011

"A gracefully told story that commands attention and confers on Webster deserved honor too long deferred."
Freelance journalist Kendall (The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget's Thesaurus, 2008) tells the story of the remarkable Noah Webster (1758-1843)—lexicographer, political theorist, journalist, co-founder of Amherst College, polymath. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 5, 1999

"It may last for years as a bookstore perennial. (Author tour)"
Singer-songwriter Kadison, who's sold three million records since his Painted Desert Serenade debut album in 1993, proves himself a more-than-capable fabulist-illustrator in his first book aimed at the adult and young-adult markets. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"The volume's size may intimidate some readers, but this is a must for libraries, a treasure for classrooms. (expedition miscellany, bibliography, Internet resources, glossary) (Fiction. 10+)"
In the flood of volumes marking the bicentennial of the epic journey, Wolf manages something fresh and alive—a mammoth novel of poetic narratives in 14 voices that treats the trek to the Pacific and back as a drama of many players, many voices. Read full book review >

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SOUND by T.M. Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2012

"Smart, entertaining post-postmodernism, and with surfboards, too."
Clever debut novel of the Jersey Shore and more urbane environs by hip-hop journo and Yale Law grad Wolf. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"Wading through a sticky swamp of jargon, readers will here and there find a flower of insight."
Wolf (Child Development/Tufts Univ.) rehearses the history of reading, reviews the latest research in what our brains are doing while we read and summarizes what's known about the complexities of reading, including causes of and remedies for dyslexia. Read full book review >