Search Results: "Michael Slater"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT CHARLES DICKENS SCANDAL by Michael Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A sexy story resting on a bed of comprehensive scholarship and pursued with Sherlock-ian imagination."
A noted Dickens scholar and biographer traces the story of Dickens' relationship with young actress Nelly Ternan, an affair that has titillated Dickens fans and scholars since the mid 19th century. Read full book review >

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THE BOY & THE BOOK by David Michael Slater
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"Presented as a grand adventure, the moment when a child first learns to read is powerfully rendered in this well-made story. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A nearly wordless picture book presents the "I can read" moment. Read full book review >

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THE BORED BOOK by David Michael Slater
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"Michael Garland's Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook (2003) and Barbara Lehman's Red Book (2004) are but two of several better uses of the book-as-gateway trope. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Two quarrelsome preteen sibs are exiled to a dusty attic full of books and find one (cleverly titled "The Bored Book") that unfolds massively to cast the pair into quick encounters with a troll, pirates, a squad of knights in armor and a dragon. Read full book review >

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MAGPIE'S TREASURE by Kate Slater
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"The message is presented with a deft touch in this colorful and appealing tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
When a burglar bird goes after the object of his dreams, he learns a valuable lesson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 1991

"Persuasive, comprehensive, and precious at this historical moment."
An insightful, timely examination of the fragility of America's commitment to democracy, by cultural analyst Slater (How I Saved the World, 1985, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A balanced, interpretive progress report on a world-class business leader whose career story remains to be told in full."
A workmanlike appreciation of John Francis (``Neutron Jack'') Read full book review >

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HAIR OF THE DOG by Susan Slater
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 2015

"Dan's third appearance starts out strong but fades in the back stretch as complications pile on and coincidences pile up."
Insurance investigator Dan Mahoney (Rollover, 2014, etc.) checks out monkey business at a Florida greyhound track.Read full book review >

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SWEET MYSTERIES OF LIFE by Elaine Slater
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Despite the occasional stiff prose and too-clever conceits, these spare tales will capture many a reader's heart."
Bite-size slices of life and character compiled into a winning package. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An outstanding book that links the diversity of creed and the impact of impulsive actions to themes of tolerance and forgiveness. (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
In the fall of 2013, on a bus ride home, a young man sets another student on fire. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 1, 2005

"Strange, puzzling, yet somehow forcefully compelling."
Memoirist and psychologist Slater (Opening Skinner's Box, 2004, etc.) explores the fairy tale. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD SHUFU by Tracy Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"A heartfelt and moving tale, coupling insights into two remarkably different cultures with a love story that, as much as any true love story can, delivers a happy ending."
A writer goes to the far side of the world for work and finds a home. Read full book review >

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PROZAC DIARY by Lauren Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Heartfelt but never mawkish; eloquent but never slick; a lyrical account of a drug that has caused mounds of controversy. (Author tour)"
A perceptive and articulate young psychologist's revealing memoir of ten years on Prozac, with all its blessings and curses. Read full book review >