Search Results: "Mark Buchanan"


BOOK REVIEW

BUCHANAN DYING  by John Updike
Released: April 1, 1974

"Il est plus aise de connaitre l'homme en general, que de connaitre un homme en particulier' — might serve as a fitting clue to the fundamental absence of emotional interest, since the most revealing, intimate touch about Buchanan's character in Updike's dry, cold, statuesque play comes in an early stage direction: 'This is the so-called Back Bedroom, preferred by the dying man perhaps because, being over the kitchen, it was warm."
John Updike has made a stalwart attempt to rescue James Buchanan from historical oblivion — and failed. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Despite the author's penchant for distracting digressions, a terrific, essential addition to the library of popular-science books."
Former Nature editor Buchanan (Ubiquity, 2001) takes an intriguing, accessible look at the mathematics behind the "six degrees of separation" theory. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 26, 2013

"The author's stimulating deconstruction of contemporary economic theory parallels a treatment of major positive developments in physical sciences and pays due respect to the functions of government and law."
Former Nature and New Scientist editor Buchanan (The Social Atom: Why the Rich Get Richer, Cheaters Get Caught, and Your Neighbor Usually Looks Like You, 2007, etc.) offers his take on why economic theory breaks down when it comes to making predictions. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"It's impossible to say whether the social side of Buchanan's fatalistic thesis will prove elaborately wrong, though he argues it with fervor and elegance."
Buchanan, a writer for Nature and a theoretical physicist, summarizes the law of universality, a sweeping concept that is very much a work in progress. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISSING MARK by Julie Kramer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 14, 2009

"Nicely done, if not groundbreaking, with a likable heroine in an intriguing profession."
TV investigative reporter Riley Spartz has an instinct about stories, and the unexplained disappearance of a groom-to-be gets her juices flowing. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 20, 2001

"A coffee-table volume that someone might actually read—and enjoy. The wonders of Burns and Company never cease. (110 b&w and 40 color illustrations)"
What comes after baseball, the Civil War, and jazz? Mark Twain, of course. Read full book review >

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EXCLAMATION MARK by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Funny and spirited (and secretly educational, but nobody will notice). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Punctuation with pizzazz. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 19, 2012

"This smart, stylish series opener raises the bar for paranormal fiction, leaving readers impatient for the next installment. (author's note) (Urban fantasy. 12 & up)"
Crime noir meets paranormal romance in this addictive thriller about two London teens in whom the fae awakens, conferring abilities at once exhilarating and harshly stigmatized. Read full book review >

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PAPA’S MARK by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2004

"Heartfelt. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Talk of the upcoming election permeates the African-American community because, for the first time, they will be permitted to vote alongside their white neighbors. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Providing an expansive view of Rothko and his milieu, and rich in information about the New York art scene—but a breathless enthusiasm for his subject leads Breslin to descriptive excess, especially with regard to individual paintings. (Color & b&w illustrations)"
The full-bodied fruit of seven years' labor—a zealous, uncommonly kind portrait of one of Abstract Expressionism's irascible masters—from Breslin (William Carlos Williams, 1970). Read full book review >

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MARK ROTHKO by Annie Cohen-Solal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"A sure hit for fans of art history, and readers looking to understand modern art and especially abstraction will find this wonderfully enlightening."
Cohen-Solal's (Leo and His Circle: A Life of Leo Castelli, 2010, etc.) study of Mark Rothko (1903-1970) is notable for her ability to link his strong Jewish ties to his changing, evolving art. Her access to newly available archives enables her comprehensive portrait of the man.Read full book review >

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THE MARK by A. A. Peterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 10, 2014

"Stark and somber, like the protagonist's profession, but with a brooding ambience that will leave an imprint in readers' minds."
In Peterson's debut thriller, a contract killer's latest assignment puts him in danger and leaves him torn between revenge and protecting a woman he's only just met. Read full book review >