Search Results: "Paul Mantell"


BOOK REVIEW

PAUL by A.N. Wilson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

In a worthy companion volume to his Jesus: A Life (1992), novelist-biographer Wilson (A Watch in the Night, 1996, etc.) adeptly recreates the milieu of Christianity's greatest interpreter and missionary. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PAUL by Jerome Murphy-O'Connor
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"Acts, though historically imprecise, makes for a much better story."
A dry historical tome that would be more aptly titled ``Paul: A Cultural History.'' The difficulties of doing ancient biography are compounded when one of the two major sources available is believed to be historically unreliable and corrupt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Paul by Gesner Noel
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 2016

"An excellent single-volume introduction to Christianity's first theologian."
A brief but thorough account of St. Paul's life and an analysis of its significance in the subsequent development of Christianity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAIR BALL by Derek Jeter
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2017

"Fans of Jeter and Mantell's earlier books will find more of the same here. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Crises loom when a close friend suddenly turns standoffish, and the distraction affects young Derek's play on the field. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIT & MISS by Derek Jeter
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"An altogether trite, values-driven star vehicle—worthy of purpose but aside from occasional game action, as dull as a rain delay. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Fourth-grader "Derek" works his way through a batting slump, pulls an outsider into his circle of friends, and atones for being a bully in this semiautobiographical sequel co-authored by the recently retired Yankees captain. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CONTRACT by Derek Jeter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Plenty of baseball action, but the paint-by-numbers plot is just a vehicle for equally standard-issue advice. (foundation ad and curriculum guide, not seen). (Fiction. 7-9)"
For his eponymous imprint, the New York Yankees star leads off with a self-referential tale of Little League triumphs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2005

"Flawed, but surprisingly engrossing."
Another knock-off of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent: this time, the story of Saint Paul. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PAUL GAUGUIN by David Sweetman
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 21, 1996

"And if Sweetman doesn't entirely succeed in maintaining his narrative focus, he does provide a biography that brings our own time into clearer view along with that of his subject. (color and b&w illustrations, not seen)"
This sprawling narrative of Paul Gauguin's messy life provides new insights, despite its lack of formal coherence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PAUL ROBESON by Jordan Goodman
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A fact-driven, scholarly account that lacks slightly in narrative drive."
The story of the U.S. government's persecution of entertainer and peace advocate Paul Robeson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAINT PAUL by David Self
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2010

"The most glaring omission is the lack of a chart of the Bible books that are attributed to Paul; only a vague reference indicates that Paul's letters are found in the New Testament. (Religion. 8-12)"
What we know of the complicated life of this early Christian missionary is related through several books in the New Testament. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PAUL BOWLES by Virginia Spencer Carr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Nonanalytical and nonjudgmental, very much the way Bowles would have wanted it."
Blinkered by the friendship she developed with her subject over the last ten years of his life, academic biographer Carr (Dos Passos, 1984, etc.) presents a one-sided and less than reliable account of America's supreme decadent genius. Read full book review >