Search Results: "Marcus Rediker"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A concise, solid biography of 'the first revolutionary abolitionist,' a diminutive man who was decades ahead of his time."
A biography of a nearly forgotten Quaker whose life still resonates. Read full book review >

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THE SLAVE SHIP by Marcus Rediker
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2007

"Rediker's dramatic presentation powerfully impresses."
"Making the slave ship real, "historian Rediker (History/Univ. of Pittsburgh) revivifies the horror of this world-changing machine. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"An outstanding view of the 'seaman' as a 'preeminent worker of the world, a cosmopolitan in the truest sense, who shaped the history of our planet in profound and lasting ways.'"
Rediker (Atlantic History/Univ. of Pittsburgh; The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom, 2012, etc.) explores maritime history from the bottom up, telling the stories of the "sailors, slaves, pirates and motley crews [who] shaped a history we have long regarded as white, elite, national, and landed." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 2012

"A first-rate example of history told from the bottom up."
Rigorous account of a slave-ship rebellion that altered American and African societies. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"An intriguing and welcome addition to the historical literature of the period."
A revealing work of leftist revisionist history whose cast includes sailors, seamstresses, farmers, and a Founding Father or two. Read full book review >

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SNOW PUPPY by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"This nicely captures a puppy's (or a child's) distractibility, and the Christmas tie-in adds the moral that Pfister's books never lack. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Pfister gets into the head and heart of a puppy experiencing the wonders of his first snow, as well as the heartache of his first time being lost. Read full book review >

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ANIMAL ABC by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Pfister has a following, so adults who recognize his name will likely be drawn to the (hologram-free) artwork. Others may want to choose from among the more classic animal ABCs. (Alphabet book. 4-6)"
Animal alphabet books abound, so it takes something special to make one stand out; this one doesn't have it. Read full book review >

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RECESS WARRIORS by Marcus Emerson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A welcome throwback to the way recess should be. (Graphic fiction. 7-11)"
Update that cootie shot: zombies have taken over the playground. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF DEAD DAYS by Marcus Sedgwick
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 12, 2004

"Much is left untold in this fascinatingly brooding tale, but Boy discovers in a final burst of warmth that Willow will be with him whatever his future holds. (author's note) (Fantasy. YA)"
In an 18th-century European city that's grand but decaying, a desperate and mysterious quest occurs during the year's "Dead Days." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 23, 2012

"Whether or not readers (aging or otherwise) will profit by the author's example, this enjoyable blend of music appreciation, science and personal exploration commands a new respect for how the brain and body responds to the promise, and shock, of the new."
To paraphrase Bruce Springsteen, can a 38-year-old tone-deaf professor of cognitive psychology get a guitar and learn how to make it talk? Read full book review >

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MISTER MEMORY by Marcus Sedgwick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Marvelously imagined and sure to appeal to readers who enjoy an intelligent thriller."
Young-adult novelist Sedgwick (A Love Like Blood, 2015) returns to Paris in his second book for adults, this time to La Belle Epoque, weaving murder and memory into an intense thriller. Read full book review >