Search Results: "Norman Polmar"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"The authors' masterful marshalling of the evidence prompts relief that the invasion of Japan never took place, but it's unlikely to put to rest historical speculation about the morality of Truman's decision. (photos, not seen)"
This grim and painstaking analysis of plans for operations Olympic and Coronet (the invasions of Kyushu and Honshu) argues that dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a military necessity that hastened the end of WW II and saved possibly millions of Japanese and American lives. Read full book review >

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CITY BIRDS by Dean Norman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"While Norman's book is pleasing and upbeat, it is only a cursory glance, lacking any real substance. (Graphic nonfiction. 6-10)"
A graphic novel tells the story of two urban falcons raising their young high upon a Midwestern edifice. Read full book review >

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SPOOK THE HALLOWEEN CAT by Dean Norman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"A well-meaning narrative fail. (Graphic fiction. 7-10)"
On Halloween, a series of events leads to a young girl, a helpful man, a lost cat, a friendly witch, and an excitable dog crossing paths with mixed results. Read full book review >

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THE LAND OF NEVERBELIEVE by Norman Messenger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2012

"For young would-be tourists as well as students of nature's more fanciful imaginary reaches, the next best thing to an actual visit. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Free-floating imagination meets artistic expertise in this visual record of the exotic flora, fauna and (more or less) human residents encountered on an unexpected visit to an elusive island. Read full book review >

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PORTRAIT OF PICASSO AS A YOUNG MAN by Norman Mailer
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Mailer's biography, following in the footsteps of Arianna Huffington's notorious Picasso: Creator and Destroyer, a work Mailer unabashedly admires, emphasizes gossip and sex and leaves you wondering, 'So what?'"
A puzzling and unconventional excursion into art history by an unexpected author. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MORTALS by Norman Rush
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2003

"Another National Book Award seems a distinct possibility."
The collision of the "humanitarian" West with emergent Africa is relentlessly analyzed in this long-awaited second novel from Rush (stories: Whites, 1986; the NBA-winning Mating, 1991). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHATTERED STARS by Hilary Norman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1991

"It's wired read for lovers of slightly harder-edged pop fiction."
Like Norman's Chateau Ella and In Love and Friendship, another dark and tangled family saga, full of weird left turns along the road of life for four Italian orphans. Read full book review >

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THE LAST GIG by Norman Green
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 20, 2009

"She fights like a Valkyrie, loves hard, runs scared at times, stands tall when it matters, is sexy, endearing and just about the freshest heroine to enhance genre fiction in forever. Don't miss her."
In this sizzling latest from Green (Dead Cat Bounce, 2006, etc.), a Latina street kid turned shamus goes after an Irish mobster turned traitor. Read full book review >

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THE MADONNA COMPLEX by Norman Bogner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A gussied-up Jacqueline Susann novel for those who have not had the pleasure or the pain."
Plotboiler Bogner's tenth novel (Honor Thy Wife, 1999, etc.) is actually a rewrite of a sex-and-shopping tale he published some 30 years ago, now "totally rewritten for the 21st century . . . and 25% shorter." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVE AMONG THE PARTICLES by Norman Lock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2013

"For all their convolutions of space and time, these stories are remarkably easy to follow and savor."
A strange and engaging collection of short stories. Read full book review >