Search Results: "Neal Karlen"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

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

ANTSY DOES TIME by Neal Shusterman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Silliness balances out the maudlin, keeping Antsy's story from either bathos or antic excess. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Antsy Bonano of The Schwa Was Here (2004) continues his trend of befriending boys named after vowel sounds and diacritics, when he strikes up a strange relationship with classmate Gunnar Ümlaut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVERWILD by Neal Shusterman
FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"A fascinating read penned by an expert hand. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Everlost is where children go when they die, if they miss their chance to go into the light or are just not ready to transition into the hereafter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SCHWA WAS HERE by Neal Shusterman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"The presence of stock characters and subplots doesn't detract from the cleverness and humor of this tall tale. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Calvin Schwa is special, see? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOOSE ENDS by Neal Bowers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2001

"A disappointment."
A rather underimagined seriocomic novel, the first by the Iowa author of the well-received nonfiction Words for the Taking: The Hunt for a Plagiarist (1997). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKINNY ANNIE BLUES by Neal Barrett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"As monotonously manic as Dead Dog Blues (1994): a year's worth of antic wake-up calls crammed into a single shaggy story."
When the daddy he hasn't seen in 18 years is reported dead, Wiley Moss, who draws bugs for the Smithsonian, abandons his catatonic girlfriend Giselle for Galveston. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"A nail-biting thrill ride for techies and armchair engineers."
Imagination, ambition and technology collide at an annual high-school robot-building competition. Read full book review >