Search Results: "Marion Roach Smith"


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Released: June 9, 2011

"Spare but practical resource for beginners—a good reference for library programs or community workshops."
Smith (The Roots of Desire, 2006, etc.) helps kick-start the writing process. Read full book review >

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Released: July 7, 2005

"Roach approaches her subject from several angles, providing much that's entertaining. Unfortunately, though, her near-obsession with her own identity as a redhead becomes annoying."
A redhead—and definitely proud to be one—combines a long personal essay on her own experience and feelings about her red hair with research into the mythology and science of the phenomenon. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 23, 2011

"A moving, eloquent and joyously idiosyncratic memoir."
The story of a successful 50-something woman who chose to quit a high-powered Manhattan job, move to the country and reinvent her life. Read full book review >

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STIFF by Mary Roach
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"Informative, yes; entertaining, absolutely. (11 illustrations)"
Fascinating, unexpectedly fresh and funny look at the multiplicity of ways in which cadavers benefit the living. Read full book review >

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GRUNT by Mary Roach
NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2016

"Battlefield R&D is a topic too fascinating to ruin, so readers who can tolerate the author's relentless flippancy will not regret the experience."
A cannon fires grocery chickens at parked jets, testing ways to protect planes against bird strikes. Readers encountering this esoteric project on the first page will settle back to enjoy another patented scientific romp, this one on battlefield research, by journalist Roach (Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

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UNBALANCED by Stephen Roach
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Full of implication, well-written and of much interest, especially to fiscal policy wonks."
Eye-opening look at a condition that wanders from the boardroom to the psychiatrist's couch: financial codependency, which enables the worst qualities of two powerful economies. Read full book review >

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"An overstuffed but stylish and engrossing thriller with a message that hits home."
Terrorism, the Burmese dictatorship and other dark forces collide when the president's cousin is kidnapped. Read full book review >

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Childhood Games by J.M. Roach
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 9, 2014

"Relentless action helps to sustain interest in a thriller with a formidable female protagonist on a mission to save a member of the only family she knows."
In this first novel by Roach, a woman tries to escape a violent past that includes being snatched from foster care and trained to kill in a secret government experiment. Read full book review >

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GULP by Mary Roach
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2013

"A touchy topic illuminated with wit and rigor, packed with all the stinky details."
Throughout her sojourn down the gastrointestinal tract, science writer Roach (Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, 2011, etc.) enlists her abundant assets of intelligence and humor while dissecting this messy and astounding part of the human body. Read full book review >

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SPOOK by Mary Roach
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 2005

"Truly deft handling of the (mostly) daft."
Science writer Roach, having told all about cadavers in Stiff (2003), progresses to the logical next step: What happens after death? Read full book review >

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LITTLELAND AROUND THE WORLD by Marion Billet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A good way for tourists who are still toddlers to glimpse the wide world without leaving a parental lap. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The 10 animal tykes introduced in Littleland (2013) dance and play their way around the globe. Read full book review >