Search Results: "Mark Kurlansky"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2010

"Though somewhat elementary in places, a sensitive work that celebrates even as it demythologizes."
The bittersweet tale of San Pedro de Macorís, the struggling Dominican town that has sent 79 players to the Major Leagues since the early 1960s. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"An exhaustive and lively assemblage, best for snacking rather than gorging."
Bestselling food historian Kurlansky (Salt, 2002, etc.) collects writing from two millennia that describes with wit and zest cooks, cooking, and cuisines. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 11, 2013

"An ambitious thematic arc, but the devil's in the details."
Fascinating but flawed, the latest from Kurlansky (Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man, 2012 etc.) suggests that not only was the Martha and the Vandellas' hit the anthem for a time of profound change, but a call to arms for rioting militants in its "invitation across the nation." Read full book review >

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1968 by Mark Kurlansky
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Says so much so well about a year that still steals your breath away, even with so many of its hopes dashed. (Illustrations throughout)"
A masterful chronicle of a year when the world was living dangerously and everybody's hair was afire. Read full book review >

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SALT by Mark Kurlansky
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Enlightening and delighting as he goes, Kurlansky is, like Jane Grigson before him, a peerless food historian."
A lively social history that does for salt what Kurlansky previously did for Cod (1997). Read full book review >

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HAVANA by Mark Kurlansky
Released: March 7, 2017

"An affectionate, richly detailed, brief biography of a unique city."
Journeying through the streets, and history, of Cuba's famed capital. Read full book review >

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FROZEN IN TIME by Mark Kurlansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"More and more young people are interested in where their food comes from, and this volume offers one fascinating part of the story. (bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
Clarence Birdseye, written about in three previous works for adults by Kurlansky—Cod (1997), Salt (2002) and The Last Fish Tale (2009)—takes center stage as the creator of a new food industry in this young-readers' adaptation of Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man (2012). Read full book review >

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BIRDSEYE by Mark Kurlansky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2012

"The author notes that Birdseye knew that curiosity is 'one essential ingredient' in a fulfilling life; it is a quality that grateful readers also discover in each of Kurlansky's books."
Yes, the frozen-food guy really was named Clarence Birdseye (1886-1956), and the story of his adventures is another satisfying dish from the remarkable menu of the author of Cod (1997), Salt (2002) and other treats. Read full book review >

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BATTLE FATIGUE by Mark Kurlansky
FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Pair this penetrating examination of a teen's interior process with Walter Dean Myers' Fallen Angels (1988) for a discussion about teens and the Vietnam War. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
When Joel declares himself a Conscientious Objector to the Vietnam War, he feels as though his whole life has been leading to this moment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 6, 1992

"Should be read by every West Indies traveler and even by old Caribbean hands, who will find here page after page of highly original insights. (Black & white photos—not seen.)"
A penetrating analysis of the social, political, sexual, and cultural worlds that exist behind the four-color Caribbean travel posters. Read full book review >

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PAPER by Mark Kurlansky
NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 2016

"Kurlansky has been breezier in the past, a better stylistic choice for books with this level of detail to become absorbing reads."
Kurlansky (City Beasts: Fourteen Stories of Uninvited Wildlife, 2015, etc.), who chronicles world history and human advancement via one telling topic at a time, chooses paper for his latest undertaking. Read full book review >