Search Results: "June Sobel"


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SHIVER ME LETTERS by June Sobel
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2006

"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (1989, illus by Lois Ehlert), this will have young tars and lubbers alike happily signing on for the voyage. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Joining the flotilla of volumes sailing along beneath the Jolly Roger, this alphabet takes a pirate crew with literary ambitions (of a sort) on a quest. Read full book review >

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B IS FOR BULLDOZER by June Sobel
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 2003

"From Asphalt to Zoom, this first-rate read-aloud will delight its audience. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Delivered in verse, this is a heavy-machinery-lover's ABC. Read full book review >

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THE GOODNIGHT TRAIN by June Sobel
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"The cheerful and rhyming text paired with the frothy art creates an enchanting trip to dreamland. (Picture book. 2-5)"
As The Goodnight Train traverses la-la land, the rhythmic chugging and the cadenced clickety-clacking will eventually lull even the most stalwart child to sleep. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DILLON, READ by Robert Sobel
NON-FICTION
Released: May 28, 1991

"A dreary, frequently fawning recitation of interest mainly to members of the principals' immediate families or their close friends."
Investment reputations, runs a Wall Street saw, are like virginity: They can be preserved but not restored. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"A liquid entertainment of choice passages on the thoughts and deeds of Copernicus."
Sobel (The Planets, 2005, etc.) offers another meaty-while-mellifluous story of science. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 21, 1993

"Many may disagree, but the facts of high finance in the 1980's remain fascinating, even in the author's less-than-neutral hands."
Informative—if often apologetic and even fawning—attempt by Sobel (Business/Hofstra University; The Life and Times of Dillon, Read, 1991, etc.) to put into ``historical perspective'' the Wall Street shenanigans of Michael Milken. Read full book review >

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THE PLANETS by Dava Sobel
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Thoroughly readable: not a dry recitation of facts—though the facts are there—but a lively exploration of the historical and cultural meaning of the planets. "
A brief tour of the solar system, with liberal dollops of scientific history. Read full book review >

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COLOR BLIND by Sheila Sobel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Chaotic characters, a disjointed plot, and a romance that falls flat. (Mystery. 12-16)"
Seventeen-year-old April's relocation to her aunt's house in New Orleans following her father's unexpected death introduces her to new love, old secrets, and black magic. Read full book review >

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COOLIDGE by Robert Sobel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"Most readers will find it difficult to stifle a yawn."
If Coolidge were alive, he would see no reason to say this much about himself. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1999

"Alas, his letters to her are lost. (First printing of 75,000)"
Sobel, author of the bestselling Longitude (1995), has elegantly translated the letters Galileo's eldest child, Virginia, wrote to him and uses them as a leitmotif to illuminate their deep mutual love, religious faith, and dedication to science. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 20, 2000

"Conservative in bent, expansive in scope, sedulous in scholarship, often wise and wonderful. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A rigorous, engaging assessment of the impressive post-WWII economic growth in the US by the late business historian Sobel (Coolidge, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 19, 1995

"Breezily written and full of fascinating characters and facts, here's a science book as enjoyable as any novel."
The subtitle here tells the reader exactly what the book is about; what it doesn't say is how much fun it is to read. Read full book review >