Search Results: "Michael Murphy"


BOOK REVIEW

THE KINGDOM OF SHIVAS IRONS by Michael Murphy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 6, 1997

"These are the occult dimensions of golf, straight from the Easter bunny. ($200,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Ghosts on the golf course! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Living in Color by Michael Murphy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 2015

"A moving account that should help families affected by cancer cope with despair."
A grief-stricken husband attempts to come to terms with the death of his wife in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 11, 1992

An impressively researched, authoritative, and absolutely mind-boggling survey of ``the transformative capacities of human nature.'' As to be expected from a co-founder of California's Esalen Institute, the emphasis here is very much on mind-body phenomena, with the focus on individuals who apparently have extended the usual reach of human possibility—saints, mystics, psychics, artists, geniuses, etc. Drawing on an astonishing array of eyewitness accounts, scientific studies, biographies, letters, monographs, etc., Murphy rigorously organizes his vast material into three categories: ``Possibilities for Extraordinary Life''; ``Transformative Practices''; and ``Evidence for Human Transformative Capacity.'' In the last category, for example, he discusses and documents placebo effects, spiritual healing, hypnosis, ``somatic'' disciplines such as the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method, yogic powers, the charismas of saints, etc. All this fascinating if sometimes sensational information does serve a purpose, of course—to illuminate the author's ``central observations and proposals,'' e.g., that ``the evidence for extraordinary human attributes strongly supports some sort of penentheism....the doctrine that Divinity is both immanent and transcendent to the universe.'' Whatever one thinks of Murphy's conclusions, even a casual dipping into his text, which will no doubt become a primary source for future mind-body investigation, will reveal a world of inspiring wonders. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MELTDOWN! by Jill Murphy
by Jill Murphy, illustrated by Jill Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A slice-of-life toddler story that squarely maintains focus on the toddler. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A parent-child power struggle at the grocery story provokes the titular meltdown. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARE YOU MY MOMMY? by Mary Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"Solid but not a standout in the genre. (Board book. 9 mos.-2)"
A little pup pokes around the barnyard in search of its mother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UTTERLY LOVELY ONE by Mary Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A nice choice to share at bedtime or cuddled close, this provides a good introduction to animal babies for the youngest children, who will recognize the differing fledglings as being not unlike themselves. (Picture book. 1-4)"
There are many lovely babies in the world, but only one belongs to Mama… Read full book review >

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THE ALPHABET KEEPER by Mary Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2003

"A bright bit of imagination worthy of the old television show The Electric Company. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A dark-haired lady in a shapeless overcoat keeps the letters of the alphabet caged until they escape into a witty and inventive story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CROCOPOTAMUS by Mary Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"With 49 possible combinations, this is a book that can be looked at over and over again. What fun! (Board book. 2-4)"
Mix and match the seven wild animals to create new crazy animals with silly names. Read full book review >

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READY FOR SCHOOL, MURPHY? by Brendán Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2015

"Readers' empathy for Murphy will be very strong even before the final page turn. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Worries over a doctor visit just may trump worries over going to school for one bigheaded, big-eyed, spiky-haired tyke. Read full book review >

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SAY HELLO LIKE THIS by Mary Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A hoot (pun intended). (Picture book. 1-4)"
Toddlers and their adults nationwide will welcome with open arms this clever coupling of animal sounds and lift-the-flap elements. Read full book review >