Search Results: "Lewis H. Carlson"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2002

"Haunting stories of hell on earth, but more celebrative and admiring than analytical. (15 b&w photos and 2 maps, not seen)"
From the author of an oral history of POWs in WWII (We Were Each Other's Prisoners, 1997), a similar volume about American soldiers who endured and survived captivity in Korea, only to return to an unforgiving country obsessed with Communism and its sympathizers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 1997

"A scholar's illuminating rundown, complete with telling anecdotal detail, on a great war's largely forgotten men."
An affecting wide-angle overview of the POW experience during World War II. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 2004

"Literate, sophisticated, and plenty ticked-off: vintage Lapham, and a ringing endorsement of First Amendment freedoms."
The noted contrarian takes on a presidency that seems devoted to taking the path of least resistance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WISH FOR KINGS by Lewis H. Lapham
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"Eloquent, piercingly intelligent essays crying out against America's Orwellian future."
The editor of Harper's and author of Imperial Masquerade (1990), etc., reaches the top of his form in five distinguished essays arguing that too few Americans any longer care or know enough to protect and nurture democratic institutions. ``[The] habits of liberty have fallen into disuse,'' writes Lapham, ``and the promise of democracy no longer inspires or exalts a majority of the people lucky enough to have been born under its star.'' America has devolved into an oligarchy, the argument begins—an argument buttressed with facts, figures, and observations—and the nation's collective frame of mind has changed as well over the past 30 years from that of ``democrat'' to that of ``courtier'': from a citizenry that understands government to be what the governed make of it to a citizenry that passively and obsequiously seeks favors and dispensations from the high and unresponsive powers that be. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 31, 1995

"This raucous assembly of one proves the point."
Harper's editor Lapham (The Wish for Kings, 1993, etc.) proves why his magazine won the 1995 National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"An entertaining, insightful, and tragic memoir about trying to make it in show business."
Lewis' (Flower Drum Songs, 2006, etc.) memoir recounts his love affair with Hollywood.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE END OF THE WORLD by Lewis H. Lapham
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 22, 1998

"Nonetheless, an intriguing and stimulating collection."
The end of the world, this varied and often vivid anthology reminds us, has always been largely a matter of personal interpretation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS MORNING SAM WENT TO MARS by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Valid the strategies may be, but it would be hard to present them in a less convincing way; it's 100 percent bibliotherapy. (Picture book. 6-9, adult)"
A perfunctory story barely masks a corrective agenda for children with major or minor attention issues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY FAMILY IS FOREVER by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"High-end bibliotherapy. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Any parent and young child involved in adoption can relate to cozy well-composed snapshots of the generic experience, especially with the perky voice of the adoptee narrating. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HENRY’S SHOW AND TELL by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2004

"Not all kids who suffer stage fright will be able to tap into Henry's solutions, but at least they'll know that others share in their dilemma and answers, often as not unanticipated, await their deliverance. (Picture book. 3+)"
With her bright, happy artwork and easy-to-digest storyline, Carlson tackles a case of kindergarten stage fright. Read full book review >

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IT'S GOING TO BE PERFECT! by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1998

"Children will appreciate seeing the effect they've had on their parents, and the differences between what might have been, and what is. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Any parent and child can share the broad humor of this picture book with its reminiscence of a mother's starry-eyed notion of having a baby. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A VISIT TO GRANDMA'S by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

When Tina and her parents fly to Grandma's Florida home, Tina imagines that Thanksgiving will include the traditional fixings, even though Grandma's no longer on the Minnesota farm. Read full book review >