Search Results: "Neil Postman"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 1999

"This book offers contemporary society a grounding in the past that is more than just intellectual nostalgia."
An intriguing cross-century dialogue. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 1995

"A provocative and insightful assessment of and challenge to contemporary American education."
This critique of American education offers further subversion from Postman a quarter of a century after his Teaching as a Subversive Activity. Read full book review >

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TECHNOPOLY by Neil Postman
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 27, 1992

"Amusing, learned, and prickling with intelligence, Postman easily outclasses the Allan Bloomians in the grave work of showing how it is that we've now stumbled our way into 1984—and offers, at end, some modest suggestions as to what to do about it."
Postman (Conscientious Objections, 1988, etc.) once more cuts across the grain as an important critic of our national culture, this time arguing that America has become the world's first ``totalitarian technocracy''—otherwise known as a ``Technopoly.'' Postman starts out from the long view, showing that while every human culture becomes ``tool-using,'' the use of those tools doesn't necessarily change that culture's beliefs, ideology, or world view. Read full book review >

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POLAR BEAR POSTMAN by Seigo Kijima
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Kijima's combination of thick lines and delicate use of color is a plus, but it takes some work to prize out the themes of missing children and climate change. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A bird chick goes missing, which offers an opportunity to discuss the potential loss of other creatures. Read full book review >

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NEIL ARMSTRONG by Jay Barbree
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2014

"A wholly admiring assessment of Armstrong the aviator and Armstrong the man."
A longtime NBC News space correspondent looks back on the aviation career of the first man to set foot on the moon. Read full book review >

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HARVEY HARE, POSTMAN EXTRAORDINAIRE by Bernadette Watts
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"What powers this book, though, are the unpretentious, elegant illustrations; Watts captures the moods of the seasons and provides the right measure of drama to prevent the story from becoming a treacly salute. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Harvey Hare embodies all the traits that make letter carriers such bricks: Nature can't throw anything at him to prevent the swift completion of his appointed rounds. Read full book review >

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THE JOLLY CHRISTMAS POSTMAN by Janet Ahlberg
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Pure delight. (Picture book. 2+)"
What could be more appropriate? Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"The closing revelation that his transatlantic flight was no accident makes a tantalizing lead-in to the next episode, due in October. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Writing as "Holm & Hamel," the authors open the case files of a feline James Bond. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2005

"An ambling and chatty road trip journal that becomes a surprisingly meaningful rumination on getting old without fading away."
Vancouver novelist Chong (Baroque-A-Nova, 2002) hits the road with a few buddies to retrace Neil Young's steps to rock stardom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A REQUIEM FOR A POSTMAN by Margaret Press
Released: Feb. 17, 1992

"Shading toward the needlessly complicated (the identity changes, the old war story), but a worthy first effort—and Dunn's charm could grow on you."
An ambitious first mystery centering on the disappearance of postman Ray Bishop, who soon turns up dead in the restroom of the local park barely 300 yards from his house. Read full book review >

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NEIL FLAMBÉ AND THE CRUSADER'S CURSE by Kevin Sylvester
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 8, 2012

"This is a funny book, chock full of action, slapstick, puns and eccentrics. Fans of the first two will eat it up. (Mystery. 12-14)"
This mystery/adventure, third in the series, begins in Vancouver, Canada, then takes a side trip to Paris, leaving a trail of amusement and mayhem. Read full book review >

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NEIL FLAMBÉ AND THE BARD'S BANQUET by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"The constant suspense, innocent romance, a lovely recipe for scones, and the flamboyant, irrepressible chef will captivate fans of the series and impel new readers to the nearest bookstore or library. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Neil Flambé, 15-year-old culinary genius, contends with Shakespearean lore in this fifth addition to the mystery series that highlights his name (and sensitive nose). Read full book review >