Search Results: "Michael S. Bandy"


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GRANDDADDY'S TURN by Michael S. Bandy
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 14, 2015

"This seemingly simple read-aloud to introduce young readers to the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act achieves complexity in its images. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In this touching picture book by the authors of White Water (2011), an African-American boy learns the importance of voting by accompanying his grandfather to a polling station. Read full book review >

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WHITE WATER by Michael S. Bandy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"Michael's examination of the myths that rule his world should inspire modern readers to do the same. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Young Michael's desire for refreshment at the whites-only water fountain teaches him about truth and the power of imagination. Read full book review >

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BEYOND THE UNIVERSITY by Michael S. Roth
NON-FICTION
Released: May 6, 2014

"The result is more like a primer on the history of higher education than a manifesto."
An academic's defense of the liberal arts, as he surveys the tensions in higher education throughout American history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 2002

"A good and leathery year abroad, an honest and deeply enjoyed experience that avoids skimming off only the fruity bonbons while neglecting the ruck of daily life."
A French village, a good restaurant, and a year's worth of time to spend in both add stock to the lives of Sanders and his family. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"An exercise in academic revisionism evidently intended to challenge the conventional wisdom of the political right and (to a lesser extent) left on the lessons of the recent past."
A critical history of the US from the mid-1930s on, in which militarization serves as an organizing principle if not a determinant of geopolitical and socioeconomic events. Read full book review >

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THE MIND'S PAST by Michael S. Gazzaniga
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"An intriguing theory, assertively stated, but often Gazzaniga's arguments seem too reductive or dogmatic to be convincing. (12 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Adding to a growing genre that purports to say how mind arises from brain, a study that is short and witty but not entirely convincing. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 1998

"As opposed to an almost equal number of overly specialized, sometimes esoteric essays, these pieces, written with stylistic gracefulness and intellectual depth, make this volume accessible and well worth the price for the nonclinician. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
A collection of 18 essays and one cartoon narrative (Art Spiegelman's "Cracking Jokes") to accompany the long-delayed Freud exhibit at the Library of Congress, which will open on October 15. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"A fascinating affirmation of our essential humanity."
The more we learn about the human brain, the more puzzling the question of free will becomes. Read full book review >

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TALES FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE BRAIN by Michael S. Gazzaniga
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A lively appreciation of both the complexity of the human mind and the scientific enterprise."
"How on earth does the brain enable mind?" That is the still-to-be-answered question posed by Gazzaniga (Who's in Charge: Free Will and the Science of the Brain, 2011, etc.), the director of the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"An original, fascinating scientific history of how human memory and a series of inventions have driven the advance of civilization."
Every living organism possesses a memory, however primitive, but Homo sapiens carried it to a dazzling level, writes technology journalist Malone (The Future Arrived Yesterday: The Rise of the Protean Corporation and What It Means for You, 2009, etc.) in this ingenious, richly complex account of how humans exchange, record, preserve and manipulate information. Read full book review >