Search Results: "Matt Kaplan"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"The appeal of monsters never stales, and in Kaplan's hands, these characters shine."
A delightfully serious—well, mostly—dissection of monsterland. Read full book review >

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SCIENCE OF THE MAGICAL by Matt Kaplan
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A charming romp through the history of science."
How myths and magical beliefs may provide the first glimmers of scientific discovery. Read full book review >

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COUSIN IRV FROM MARS by Bruce Kaplan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

"Clever, but the sophisticated humor seems aimed at older readers and adults. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sometimes relatives are so weird that they seem to be from outer space. This one just happens to be from Mars. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Gourmet reading—rich in ideas, global references and amusing and provocative examples, served with great style."
The mother-son co-authors of Chances Are…: Adventures in Probability (2006) turn their considerable authorial skills and wit to human behavior, from our isolated cave-dwelling ancestors to today's globalized, interconnected world. Read full book review >

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A MORNING AFFAIR by Janice Kaplan
Released: May 26, 1989

Here, Kaplan (author of the nonfiction Women and Sports, 1979; and mass-market YA romances) offers a vacuous-even-for-the-genre glitter novel about a glamorous TV reporter who hits the big time in N.Y.C. One reason why Barbie-doll heroine Jackie Rogers is so unbelievable is that author Kaplan insists on giving her such pretensions—the 27-year-old Rogers is a Radcliffe grad who reads Kierkegaard and Stendhal, knows her Jasper Johns, and can recognize obscure German filmmakers at 30 feet way in poorly lit cafes. Read full book review >

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GRENDEL'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND WAR by A.E. Kaplan
Released: April 18, 2017

"A clever spin on a weighty classic. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
Tom Grendel battles unruly neighbors and honors family history, all with an eye on the girl next door, in this witty debut novel and homage to Beowulf. Read full book review >

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TWO GUYS FROM VERONA by James Kaplan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Nervy, packed with stinging riffs on consumer rituals and passions: fiction that dares to hold a mirror up to our laughable, worrisome souls."
A pair of old high-school chums—one yuppie-rich, the other a slightly schizo slacker living at home with Mom—change places in this witty, unexpectedly moving take on our (shallow, consumerist, frantic) times. Read full book review >

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THEN COMES MARRIAGE by Roberta Kaplan
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 2015

"Kaplan delivers a well-rounded, informative, and illuminating perspective on the complexities of nontraditional marriage."
A key litigator who argued and helped defeat the Defense of Marriage Act describes the process, the politics, and the history behind the watershed Supreme Court ruling. Read full book review >

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UNRAVISHED by Hester Kaplan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2014

"Although the insights are sometimes too explicit, Kaplan's stories confidently, capably explore the switchbacks of human interaction."
Relationships—flawed, ruptured, secret, evolving—are sifted and scrutinized in this latest collection from Kaplan (The Tell, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"A compelling story combined with thoughtful analysis of the development, application and limitations of a new model of applying American military power. EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was completed prior to the news of the Petraeus scandal."
How a group of farsighted Army officers gradually forced competence in fighting insurgents upon a hostile military establishment. Read full book review >

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LOOKS TO DIE FOR by Janice Kaplan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"There's an actual mystery buried deep in the bowels of this Perils-of-Pauline-in-Prada for those as determined as Lacy to find it."
Kaplan (The Botox Diaries, 2004, etc.) introduces an interior decorator who risks her life and drops a slew of brand names en route to clearing her plastic-surgeon husband of murder. Read full book review >

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THE EDGE OF MARRIAGE by Hester Kaplan
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A precisely observant collection, unsparing, original, and resonant."
Tough-minded reports from the marital frontlines, by a writer with the keen eye of a reporter for the telling detail and apt metaphor. Read full book review >