Search Results: "Oliver Sacks"


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OLIVER by Birgitta Sif
Kirkus Star
by Birgitta Sif, illustrated by Birgitta Sif
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"A lovely gift—aglow with warmth and welcome—for those who feel, or have ever felt, different. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A delightful tale about a boy who is different and his discovery of a kindred spirit, gracefully written to celebrate dreamers and readers—and those who need not change to find friends. Read full book review >

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OLIVER by Christopher Franceschelli
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"The back of the book proclaims that what happens in this story is '[b]ecause miracles happen.' Children may not be so sure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Picture-book minimalism is taken to an almost unnatural extreme with this avant-garde presentation of a very familiar concept. Read full book review >

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GRATITUDE by Oliver Sacks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"If that promise of clarity is what awaits us all, then death doesn't seem so awful, and that is a great gift from Sacks. A fitting, lovely farewell."
Valediction from the late neurologist and writer Sacks (On the Move: A Life, 2015, etc.).Read full book review >

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HALLUCINATIONS by Oliver Sacks
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A riveting look inside the human brain and its quirks."
Acclaimed British neurologist Sacks (Neurology and Psychiatry/Columbia Univ.; The Mind's Eye, 2010, etc.) delves into the many different sorts of hallucinations that can be generated by the human mind. Read full book review >

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THE MIND'S EYE by Oliver Sacks
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 27, 2010

"As usual with Sacks, an absorbing attempt to unravel the complexities of the human mind."
Sacks (Neurology and Psychiatry/Columbia Univ.; Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, 2007, etc.) once again uses the experiences shared with him by patients and others to probe "the complex workings of the brain and its astounding ability to adapt and overcome disability." Read full book review >

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OLIVER by Judith Rossell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Next time your child asks to shove a banana down the drain, go for it. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Young Oliver goes down the drain, literally… maybe. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE WRITING 2003 by Oliver Sacks
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 2003

"The perfect gift for fans of science and science writing."
Fourth in this invaluable series, edited by the well-known neurologist (Uncle Tungsten, 2001, etc.) and dedicated to the memory of Stephen Jay Gould. Read full book review >

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UNCLE TUNGSTEN by Oliver Sacks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2001

"The realm of science is alchemy in Sacks's hands as he spins pure gold from base metals. (24 drawings, 4 pages of photos)"
Artful, impassioned memoir of a youth spent lost in the blinding light of chemistry from neurologist/essayist Sacks (The Island of the Colorblind, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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AWAKENINGS by Oliver Sacks
Released: July 12, 1974

"A sagacious, discerning book."
L-DOPA has been hailed by researchers as a "miracle drug," a "cure" for schizophrenia. Read full book review >

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ON THE MOVE by Oliver Sacks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2015

"Despite impressionistic chronology, which occasionally causes confusion and repetition, this is an engaging memoir by a consummate storyteller."
The prolific physician's adventure-filled life. Read full book review >

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MUSICOPHILIA by Oliver Sacks
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 2007

"Pleasantly rollicking, but with a definite hint that the grand old man is taking it easy."
The gentle doctor turns his pen to another set of mental anomalies that can be viewed as either affliction or gift. Read full book review >

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THE ISLAND OF THE COLORBLIND by Oliver Sacks
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"Yet scenes of surpassing beauty remain, and we have Sacks to thank for recording them along with the examples of indomitable will and adaption that humans can manifest. (10 drawings, 2 maps) (First printing of 150,000; Literary Guild alternate selection; author tour)"
Sacks's fans are in for a treat: This is a magical medical mystery tour of South Sea islands that goes beyond the neurological lore to reveal the good doctor as historian, botanist, environmentalist, anthropologist, and, as always, caring human being. Read full book review >