Search Results: "Neal Karlen"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 6, 1999

"An anti-establishment book that captures the essence of America's true pastime."
Bull Durham meets Meatballs in this raucous yet meaningful tale of a minor-league club with major-league characters. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Recommended for moms and dads whose daughters want to grow up to be rock musicians—and (of course) their rockin' daughters. (Author tour)"
A tour of the contemporary pop music industry with one of America's most promising new bands, whose three members happen to be women. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"Not for those who know their babka from their bupkis."
New York Times contributor Karlen (Shanda: The Making and Breaking of a Self-Loathing Jew, 2004, etc.) proffers an idiosyncratic take on Yiddish, the heroic vernacular that gets no respect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TAKE MY LIFE, PLEASE! by Henny Youngman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 1991

"Nice for shut-ins. (Eight pages of b&w photographs- -not seen.)"
``I'm so old that when I order a three-minute egg here [at the Friars Club], they make me pay up front.'' Henny Youngman (Take My Wife...Please!: My Life and Laughs, 1972) is now 86 and still ``the King of the One-Liners,'' as he was dubbed by Walter Winchell (uh, some time ago). ``I don't have any enemies—I've outlived them all...Take my life, please. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 19, 1995

"An excellent starting point for fuller study, thanks to a well-annotated reading list that includes popular texts as well as primary sources."
This detailed account of the role of microbes in human history offers an important corrective to the widespread belief that exercise, hygiene, and the right diet are all you need to live a long and healthy life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TREE by Neal Layton
by Neal Layton, illustrated by Neal Layton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A feather-light tribute to finding common ground—or make that common air space. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A tree in a deep rural clearing proves to be a small village in jeopardy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GO WILD WITH... DESIGNS by Neal Layton
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Overall, this colorful concept connects the right dots for a toddler audience. (Board book. 1-3)"
Single-word labels highlight a creative range of designs. Read full book review >

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THE MAMMOTH ACADEMY by Neal Layton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"The decision by Oscar's new friend Fox to go unwashed as long as possible leads to all sorts of stinky humor that fits right in to this second-tier series opener. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Scribbly illustrations dominating nearly every spread, Layton's latest plunks fledgling readers down amidst a student body of typical types who—atypically—happen to be mammoths, saber toothed tigers, ground sloths, cave bears and other early mammals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNBOUND by Neal Shusterman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A competently produced set of stories that will send fans over the moon and swiftly intrigue newcomers. (Dystopia. 12-16)"
The Unwind world is thoroughly explored in this companion piece. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEVENEVES by Neal Stephenson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 19, 2015

"Meanwhile, all those exploding planetoids make a good argument for more STEM funding. Wise, witty, utterly well-crafted science fiction."
No slim fables or nerdy novellas for Stephenson (Anathem, 2008, etc.): his visions are epic, and he requires whole worlds—and, in this case, solar systems—to accommodate them.Read full book review >

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BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT by Neal Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Over-the-top evil turns this otherwise excellent first novel into an exercise in extremes, but even at its worst, Griffin's work proves superior to the unrealistic fare that often passes for a police thriller."
Griffin's debut novel propels readers into the chilling worlds of big-money drugs, small-town corruption, and a murderer who strikes without conscience. Read full book review >