Search Results: "Leonard Shlain"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 1991

"A fascinating and provocative discussion—slow in coalescing but worth the wait. (Seventy-two b&w photographs and 15 diagrams.)"
A California surgeon explores the striking parallels in the evolution of Western art and science in this enlightening exploration of where ideas come from and how they enter the consciousness of a culture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 11, 2003

"Not necessarily persuasive, but imaginative at least. (b&w illustrations)"
Changes in female sexuality were the impetus for the rapid development of Homo sapiens as a species unlike any other, argues the author of The Alphabet Versus the Goddess (1998). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Still, if Shlain crosses over the line into crankiness (in his preface, he aptly likens himself to a dog worrying a bone), he does nevertheless furnish a fascinatingly elaborate idea for readers to chew over."
Continually engaging, although on the whole quite woolly, this monumentally ambitious tome treats all history as one great struggle between the verbal and the visual. Read full book review >

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LEONARDO'S BRAIN by Leonard Shlain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Shlain admits that he is taking an extreme position, but many readers will forgive him because he has written an entertaining mixture of facts and speculation on one of history's immortals."
An enthusiastic mixture of history, neuroscience and pop psychology that aims to explain the brilliance of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 4, 1989

Jimmy Piersall running the bases backwards after hitting his 100th home run. . .Bill Lee walking out to pitch wearing a gas mask. . .Dock Ellis tossing a no-hitter while high on LSD: just a few of the hundreds of eyebrow-raising exploits that Shlain (coauthor, Acid Dreams, 1985) relates in this colorful, scattered survey of baseball screwballs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

"A big juicy fastball for devoted fans, who are usually in love with baseball statistics, trivia, and curious lore; for casual observers, perhaps too much of a curve."
More baseball trivia from the author of Oddballs (1989). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BECOMING BACH by Tom Leonard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An imaginative look at what sparked a musical genius.(Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Johann Sebastian Bach's early years come to life in a delightful salute to the 17th-century German composer. Read full book review >

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FALLING INTO LIFE by Leonard Kriegel
Released: Jan. 15, 1990

Kriegel (Literature/CCNY; Quitting Time, 1982, etc.), crippled by polio at summer camp in 1944, wrestles with what it means to be "condemned to adulthood"—in 14 vengeful essays previously published in Partisan Review, The Nation, etc. "Until I met up with my virus, I was a monotonously average eleven-year-old boy," writes the Bronx-raised author. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEETLE BOY by M.G. Leonard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Overall, a charming and (at times) affecting romp through beetle land. (entomology dictionary) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A young teen searches for his father with the assistance of unusual beetles in British documentarian Leonard's debut novel, a series opener. Read full book review >

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DISSOCIATED STATES by Leonard Simon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1994

"Simon (The Irving Solution, Reborn) steers his tiny cast through a dozen creepy twists that'll make your flesh crawl without threatening to linger in your mind—and enough Oedipal fantasies for a psychoanalysts' convention."
New York psychiatrist Jacob Silver is treating a stockbroker for disabling headaches; across town, his wife Claire Baxter, also a psychiatrist, is seeing a gifted sculptor with memory loss. Read full book review >