Search Results: "Ken Stern"


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 >

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7 FANTASY BOOKS HEADING TO FILM AND TV
by John DeNardo

As readers, the idea of our favorite books being turned into film and television production frightens us and excites us. It's scary because so many things can go wrong that could result in – gasp! – an unfaithful adaptation. Yet that doesn't stop us from being excited because we get to re-experience the stories we love. Here are ...


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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 >

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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"All in all, then, a lopsided, outdated guide, best suited for those who still think that Custer died with his boots on.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 >

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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 >

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THE HUGO AWARDS 2017
by Thea James

On April 4, 2017, Worldcon 75 announced the finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (and they did it in video form, in one of the most fun ballot unveilings in recent memory).

In case you aren't familiar with them, the Hugo Awards are among the most prestigious in the science ...


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ANOTHER SONG ABOUT THE KING by Kathryn Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2000

"Middling."
A well-crafted if underplotted debut novel in which a daughter learns to forgive her high-maintenance, Elvis Presley-obsessed mother after a fatal illness brings the two together for those obligatory healing moments. Read full book review >

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WALKING THROUGH POETRY by Sylvia Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2016

"Gentle, soulful poems that shine a soft light on the human tendency toward wonder."
Stern's (Dancing with the Moon and the Stars, 2016) debut poetry collection travels the natural landscape and the inner pathways of mood in quiet, reflective verse. Read full book review >

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ACCORDING TO A SOURCE by Abby Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"The human side of Hollywood is revealed in Stern's strong debut."
An undercover celebrity reporter discovers there are things more important than the latest exclusive. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Stern weaves an intricate and clever web of stories steeped in both sacred and mundane Jewish culture."
"Mischief" is indeed the operative term here, for Stern's characters are subtle, slyly humorous and at times poignant. Read full book review >

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WHAT I CAN’T BEAR LOSING by Gerald Stern
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Yet, with ultimate tenderness, comes the taunting suggestion that we might have been better off in that jittery world poised on the brink of a half-century's Cold War."
National Book Award-winning poet Stern (Last Blue, 2000, etc.) brings the same renowned voice to prose, from a life that began in 1925 in what he recalls as the "Calvinist" Pittsburgh of his immigrant Russian parents. Read full book review >