Search Results: "Laurens van der Post"


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NON-FICTION
Released: May 21, 1992

"The message is heartfelt, but the antique flavor of van der Post's reasoning and his simplistic tenets about illness overwhelm all that is fresh and moving here."
An autobiographical musing on mortality, suffering, and modern life from octogenarian van der Post, in which his often naive ponderings are relieved by vivid references to his beloved Kalahari and its Bushmen, still his true mÇtier. Read full book review >

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Released: July 1, 2002

"A stunning example of authorized biographer as muckraker."
British novelist/historian Jones (The Buchan Papers, 1997, etc.) exposes the falsehoods of a recently deceased and renowned world citizen. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 7, 2015

"Teens interested in any and all aspects of a career in dance will find useful and entertaining information here. (resources, glossary, notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
From ballet to Broadway and from Hollywood to hip-hop: a how-to. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

A well-rounded account of the bitter WW II battles in which the US, at no small cost, put paid to Japan's Pacific ambitions. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"The author's vivid details of South Africa's persistent racism, abject poverty, and continuing oppression are undermined by unnecessary repetition."
Unraveling a web of evidence in a notorious murder. Read full book review >

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PENGUIN POST by Debi Gliori
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Whether they too are expecting new siblings or not, children following along will cheer every successful delivery, and may become less inclined to take their own mail carriers for granted. (Picture book. 6-8)"
With characteristic warmth and zest, Gliori (Pure Dead Wicked, p. 955, etc.) takes a star turn with the perennial "waiting for the new baby to come" theme. Read full book review >

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Cat Post by DJ Ass Maggots
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2016

"A smart, sarcastic, illustrated look at the cat-keeping lifestyle.
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A short collection of humorous vignettes from the life of a cat owner. Read full book review >

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POST GRAD by Emily Cassel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"A mishmash of The Devil Wears Prada, Sex and the City and various coming-of-age flicks, the novel works fine as a light beach read, but is no more demanding than an afternoon at the movies."
A recently minted college graduate learns she can't always get what she wants. Read full book review >

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TAMING THE BEAST by Katinka van der Merwe
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2013

"A useful guidebook on fibromyalgia that encourages sufferers to explore nontraditional treatments."
A chiropractic physician offers a holistic approach to understanding and managing fibromyalgia. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD NAZI by Dan van der Vat
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1997

"Writing with irony and intelligence, van der Vat forces us to confront Speer anew. (22 b&w photos, not seen)"
The best biography yet on the self-described ``second man in the Reich.'' Albert Speer has long occupied a singular niche in history: that of the ``good Nazi,'' a decent and civilized man whose first love was architecture and who wished nothing more than to rebuild Germany from the misery of WW I and the worldwide depression of the 1930s. Read full book review >

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CHILDISH THINGS by Marita van der Vyver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 1996

"An engaging account of adolescence, those fraught years when everything is deadly serious and nothing can be taken for granted- -especially in a place like South Africa."
From the author of Entertaining Angels (1995), a bittersweet if at times pretentious evocation of adolescence in South Africa in the '70s, a time of violent upheavals. Read full book review >

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POUNDING THE PAVEMENT by Jennifer van der Kwast
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2005

"Well-intentioned though lackluster first novel."
Job trouble, love trouble and a 20-something heroine—sounds like another stroll down chick-lit lane. Read full book review >