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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 2008

"A lucent addition to Gloucester's town treasury, featuring a wealth of dramatic stories."
Kurlansky (Nonviolence: 25 Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea, 2006, etc.) brings his storytelling élan to the fishing town of Gloucester, Mass. Read full book review >

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THE BASQUE HISTORY OF THE WORLD by Mark Kurlansky
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 1999

"In its entirety, this is an informative but ethnocentric history that readers should approach with their critical faculties intact. (Author tour)"
A comprehensive view of all things Basque, from the author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World (1997). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2011

"Two of the chapter titles anticipate two of the likely responses: 'So?' and 'Huh?'"
A conceptual essay collection as parlor game. Read full book review >

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EDIBLE STORIES by Mark Kurlansky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"A delicious and delectable novel by an award-winning food writer that leaves you wanting more."
Kurlansky (The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macoris, 2010, etc.) dishes up a loosely concatenated novel, each part titled after a food that plays a starring role in that chapter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

"A compelling, highly readable treat, whether you partake of Ostreidae or not."
Kurlansky (Boogaloo on Second Avenue, 2005, etc.) takes a fresh look at the tasty, once plentiful mollusk in this stimulating, often fascinating saga. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Sugary but far from insubstantial: a definitive portrait of an era that's all the better for not really trying to be one."
The yuppies are coming! Kurlansky, tackler of seemingly any nonfiction subject (Choice Cuts, 2002; 1968, 2004, etc.), distills his many passions into his first novel. Read full book review >