Search Results: "Ken Stern"


BOOK REVIEW

STERN MEN by Elizabeth Gilbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2000

"Sophisticated yet ribald, comic yet serious: an exceptional debut from a writer to watch."
A sly picaresque about a young woman who single-handedly ends a generations-long feud between two remote islands off the coast of Maine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"A trove of useful insider wisdom."
The former CEO of National Public Radio exposes the shortcomings of tax-deductible, not-for-profit organizations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 1992

"Haute. (Line drawings throughout.)"
From the owner-chef at L.A.'s La Toque restaurant, a selection of recipes for food that the publishers describe, accurately enough, as fresh and sophisticated American-French cuisine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 26, 1996

"For those truly interested in finding out about Stern, his radio show is much more entertaining and revealing than this pallid, perfunctory bio. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First serial to the Los Angeles Times Magazine)"
Despite brash touting as being unauthorized, this uninspired biography of the shock-jock is as mild as they come. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Droll, warm, and impeccably researched—another Stern treasure. (Author tour)"
The Sterns (Way Out West, 1993, etc.), pop culture's Boswells, turn their attentions to more blue-blooded purlieus in this deeply satisfying chronicle of a year spent on the dog-show circuit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I SAW A BULLFROG by Ellen Stern
ANIMALS
Released: April 22, 2003

"The failure here is not in quality of art, but of imagination; next to Jack Prelutsky's Scranimals, or Sarah Perry's If— (1995), too many of these creations just fall flat. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Stern showcases unusual facility at naturalistic depiction, but like the 11 imaginary animal hybrids that appear here, the result overall is neither fish nor fowl. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAY OUT WEST by Jane Stern
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"All in all, then, a lopsided, outdated guide, best suited for those who still think that Custer died with his boots on. (Photographs—200 b&w and 300 color)"
And somewhere out in left field, too: The Sterns' new addition to their popular volumes of Americana (The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste, Sixties People, Elvis World, etc.) tackles ``the West of the imagination''—the West mythologized by dime novels, TV, and films; populated by singing cowboys who kiss their horses, Indians who raise their right hands and say ``How,'' and pesky ``critters'' like rattlesnakes and scorpions; and redolent with the scent of hot chili and chicken-fried steak. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMERICAN GOURMET by Jane Stern
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

The Sterns (The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste, 1990, etc.) step upscale for this treatment of the gourmet quarter-century they place between the first televised cooking show in 1946 and the opening of Alice Waters's Chez Panisse in 1971. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIRSCHFELD by Ellen Stern
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"As the first substantive biography of Hirschfeld, this will be welcomed by art and Broadway lovers alike."
An in-depth biography of America's "line king" caricaturist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Emphatic case for understanding terrorists in order to defeat them."
Anybody who thinks Eric Robert Rudolph has nothing in common with Osama bin Laden needs to spend time with Terror in the Name of God. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EINSTEIN'S GERMAN WORLD by Fritz Stern
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A combination of passion and compassion mark Stern as not only a dedicated and gifted historian, but also one committed to the hope, expressed by Vaclav Havel, that humankind may yet learn to live in trust and in truth."
This volume brings together a decade's collection of essays that brilliantly profile the lives of key figures—primarily German and Jewish—in the context and in the aftermath of the century's two world wars. Read full book review >