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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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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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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A fine rendering of Hammett's life in his own words—and a remarkable slice of Americana."
An illuminating collection of the famed writer's letters. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Judicious editors Richard Layman and Julie M. Rivett provide a notable addendum to the Hammett canon, even if both tales and their brief addendum read like screen treatments and the volume's title perpetuates the canard that the thin man is Nick Charles."
Yet another trip to the Hammett archive discloses the two screen stories on which the films After the Thin Man (1936) and Another Thin Man (1939) were based, along with a bonus, an unproduced (and probably unproducible) outline for a Sequel to The Thin Man.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"A valuable addition to the biography of an underrated literary figure."
Biographies of famous writers by their offspring usually have modest literary value, but this memoir is a cut above the rest. Read full book review >

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P. ZONKA LAYS AN EGG by Julie Paschkis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Charming, unusual and sure to induce smiles. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hen P. Zonka annoys the other chickens in the yard: Instead of laying eggs, she spends her time carefully observing, and marveling at, the natural world around her. Read full book review >