Search Results: "Julie M. Fenster"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Geographers and American history buffs will enjoy Fenster's detailed research on these fascinating men, her easy style of writing, and tales beyond the textbooks. She opens an entirely new vista on those who opened the West."
The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory for $15 million but did not know its borders. Fenster (FDR's Shadow: Louis Howe, The Force that Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, 2009, etc.) ably depicts the men who set out to discover them.Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"An unexpected, odd-angle approach to Lincoln that proves marvelously insightful."
Through the lens of a sensational 1856 Springfield, Ill., murder case, a historian focuses on Abraham Lincoln the lawyer and politician, four years before his election to the presidency. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"An insightful look at a complex relationship that has been largely lost to history."
The portrait of a once-famous, now nearly forgotten figure in 20th-century American politics. Read full book review >

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JULIE by Jean Craighead George
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"Interesting Eskimo village lore, and more lupine detail, but the unifying theme here—Miyax saving the wolves—is not nearly as arresting as the original. (Fiction. 10+)"
This sequel to 1973 Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves continues the story of Julie Edwards Miyax Kapugen, the girl who traveled across the tundra with her adoptive wolf pack. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Though the author doesn't break much new ground, she delivers a forceful statement that cross-party cooperation is necessary to improve political discourse for future generations."
Democratic National Committee chair Schultz assembles a party platform and memoir organized around improving the lives of America's children, in a debut co-authored by Fenster (FDR's Shadow: Louis Howe, the Force that Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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M by Peter Robb
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2000

"A compelling portrait of the painter as outsider and provocateur; a first-rate evocation of both a genius and the violent times in which he lived. (16 pages illus.)"
An exuberant attempt to penetrate the mysteries surrounding the astounding paintings and brief, turbulent life of the Italian artist who has come to be known as Caravaggio. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Suitable for filling in unavoidable gaps in a TV presentation, but fails as a stand-alone."
Companion to a History Channel miniseries, a slightly idiosyncratic collection of 20 short pieces focusing on men and women who made noteworthy contributions to medical knowledge. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"Fenster is a superb storyteller, taking the factual information of the race and investing it with wit and brio. A race like this, almost otherworldly in its setting, has much potential, and Fenster taps into every mile of it. (Six photos, not seen)"
A natty reconstruction of the famous round-the-world auto race. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 2001

"Despite occasional repetitions: a thoroughly compelling account, well told and well situated in its larger context."
American Heritage columnist Fenster examines the tangled tale of the invention of anesthesia. Read full book review >

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M by Andrew Cook
NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 2005

"For Bond fans and true-crime buffs, especially, a leisurely excursion into the early days of modern espionage."
A beat cop makes good, and anarchists quake. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JULIE CHRISTIE by Tim Ewbank
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2009

"Christie's significance as an actress and cultural icon await a more perceptive appraisal."
Shallow biography of the renowned film, stage and TV actress. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 2008

"Solid, decent, likable and a bit dull—rather like its subject."
The squeaky-clean story of Hollywood's ultimate nanny. Read full book review >