Search Results: "Martin Gardner"


BOOK REVIEW

AVA GARDNER by Lee Server
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2006

"Overlong, yet never dull. Server writes with a contagious enthusiasm for his subject and a solid grasp of Hollywood history that Ava's fans and film buffs will enjoy."
Little falls on the cutting room floor is this full-dress biography of a screen icon. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2004

"Primarily of interest to devoted fans and those who knew Gardner."
Breezy appreciation by Silesky (Ferlinghetti, 1990, etc.), presenting the novelist as less an "outlaw" than a conventional man with a modest talent, a fierce drive, and a gift for self-destruction. Read full book review >

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AVA GARDNER by Ava Gardner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 2, 2013

"Juicy, but it leaves a nasty aftertaste."
Based on the movie star's late-night ramblings, an unvarnished account of her marriages and affairs in golden-age Hollywood. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2003

"A must for fans of Gardner, and for rationalists of all stripes."
America's favorite skeptic (Visitors From Oz, 1998, etc.) presents another smorgasbord of common sense, practical criticism, and entertainment. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"An enjoyable true-crime tale accessible to lovers of art and whodunits alike."
U.S. News and World Report contributing editor Boser provides a rich account of his attempt to unravel the mystery of the world's largest unsolved art theft. Read full book review >

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MURDER AT THE GARDNER  by Jane Langton
Released: Feb. 23, 1988

"This is one not to miss."
The author of several stories featuring retired ex-cop (now Harvard lecturer) Homer Kelly (Natural Enemy, etc.) reveals unexpected strengths and charm in this new work. Read full book review >

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SMART SCIENCE TRICKS by Martin Gardner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"It will send them scrambling to learn more about important science topics. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Ninety-five super science tricks and brief experiments to delight science teachers and young readers gleaned from the author's "Trick of the Month" feature in Physics Teacher magazine. Read full book review >

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SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"Deserves the Cosmotic Greatheart Medal of Oz from the Wizard. (N.B.: Probably not harmful for children.)"
First-novelist/polymath Gardner (essays:The Night Is Large, 1996, etc.) undertakes a sequel to L. Frank Baum's Oz story (on the occasion of its 100th birthday) and comes up with a winner. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"More inquisition than objective report, but on target: a well- aimed tomato to the face. (Photographs—not seen)"
Gardner (The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener, 1983, etc.), world-class debunker of paranormal phenomena, now turns his demolition skills on the woman who founded one of America's most successful home-grown religions. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT IS LARGE by Martin Gardner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 1, 1996

"If Newton was, as he said, like a boy playing on the seashore of an undiscovered ocean of truth, then Gardner too has amassed an impressive shell collection. (line drawings not seen)"
In a broad-ranging collection of essays on mathematics, theoretical physics, philosophy, literature, and religion, Gardener has a panoramic view from the shoulders of such giants as Einstein, William James, and L. Frank Baum. Read full book review >

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DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Though constrained, the work nevertheless stands apart in a literature that too often finds it hard to look hard truths in the face. Take interest and ask questions. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In this roller-coaster ride of a debut, the author summons the popular legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. to respond to the recent tragic violence befalling unarmed black men and boys. Read full book review >

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MARTIN AMIS by Richard Bradford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2012

"Just serviceable. Readers interested in all things Amis will want to refer to the roman à clef The Information and anxiously await an autobiography."
Indifferently written bio of "the best prose stylist in English…in the closing decades of the last and the opening of this century." Read full book review >