Search Results: "Larry Kaplan"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"What would happen, one wonders, if this remarkable woman were running things? (32 pages photos, not seen)"
The tastefully yet candidly told life story of one of America's most gifted dancers, a former wife of George Balanchine. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Throughout, Villella appears as his immensely talented, intelligent, self-absorbed, and opinionated self: a cleareyed account of a most remarkable career in a remarkable time. (Thirty- two pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Villella was a star among stars, the athletic all-American boy of the New York City Ballet from the late 1950's through the 70's. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE PAST CAME CALLING by Larry S. Kaplan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 26, 2014

"A thriller with well-crafted characters that is hampered by cumbersome exposition."
In Kaplan's (A Colony of Eves, 2011, etc.) latest novel, a personal injury attorney's ties to a conspiracy theorist and the daughter of a cult leader draws him into a dangerous world of Cold War intrigue. Read full book review >

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COUSIN IRV FROM MARS by Bruce Kaplan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

"Clever, but the sophisticated humor seems aimed at older readers and adults. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sometimes relatives are so weird that they seem to be from outer space. This one just happens to be from Mars. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Gourmet reading—rich in ideas, global references and amusing and provocative examples, served with great style."
The mother-son co-authors of Chances Are…: Adventures in Probability (2006) turn their considerable authorial skills and wit to human behavior, from our isolated cave-dwelling ancestors to today's globalized, interconnected world. Read full book review >

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A MORNING AFFAIR by Janice Kaplan
Released: May 26, 1989

Here, Kaplan (author of the nonfiction Women and Sports, 1979; and mass-market YA romances) offers a vacuous-even-for-the-genre glitter novel about a glamorous TV reporter who hits the big time in N.Y.C. One reason why Barbie-doll heroine Jackie Rogers is so unbelievable is that author Kaplan insists on giving her such pretensions—the 27-year-old Rogers is a Radcliffe grad who reads Kierkegaard and Stendhal, knows her Jasper Johns, and can recognize obscure German filmmakers at 30 feet way in poorly lit cafes. Read full book review >

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GRENDEL'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND WAR by A.E. Kaplan
Released: April 18, 2017

"A clever spin on a weighty classic. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
Tom Grendel battles unruly neighbors and honors family history, all with an eye on the girl next door, in this witty debut novel and homage to Beowulf. Read full book review >

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THE EDGE OF MARRIAGE by Hester Kaplan
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A precisely observant collection, unsparing, original, and resonant."
Tough-minded reports from the marital frontlines, by a writer with the keen eye of a reporter for the telling detail and apt metaphor. Read full book review >

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UNRAVISHED by Hester Kaplan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2014

"Although the insights are sometimes too explicit, Kaplan's stories confidently, capably explore the switchbacks of human interaction."
Relationships—flawed, ruptured, secret, evolving—are sifted and scrutinized in this latest collection from Kaplan (The Tell, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

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TWO GUYS FROM VERONA by James Kaplan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Nervy, packed with stinging riffs on consumer rituals and passions: fiction that dares to hold a mirror up to our laughable, worrisome souls."
A pair of old high-school chums—one yuppie-rich, the other a slightly schizo slacker living at home with Mom—change places in this witty, unexpectedly moving take on our (shallow, consumerist, frantic) times. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 22, 1994

"While the absorbing text includes statistical assurances as to air travel's relative safety, its behind-the-scenes reportage on JFK is not calculated to instill much confidence in either frequent or occasional fliers."
Just when you thought it was safe to fly away on a summer holiday, along comes this almost indecently gleeful reminder that the sky, even more than the sea, can be terribly unforgiving of mistakes. Read full book review >

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THE SINGULAR MARK TWAIN by Fred Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2003

"No real surprises here, but a welcome reminder of the contributions of a great American social critic."
An argument that the native adventurer and high Victorian author's life was not "twain," as it is sometimes presented, but unified by an unflagging belief in his own luck, a fierce social conscience, and a never-ending quest for money. Read full book review >