Search Results: "Peter D. Kramer"


BOOK REVIEW

FREUD by Peter D. Kramer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2006

"The book, while missing features useful to general readers, remains a clear and sometimes eloquent introduction to the life and thought of the world's first shrink."
A generally sympathetic treatment, though also attentive to those many occasions when Emperor Freud wore no clothes. Read full book review >

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SPECTACULAR HAPPINESS by Peter D. Kramer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2001

"The voice—measured, pensive, soft-spoken, self-deprecating, lightly ironic, quizzically humane—recalls the early Walker Percy. Just think what Binx Bolling might have made of himself if he'd quit going to the movies and started blowing up his neighbors' houses instead. "
This debut fiction from psychiatrist Kramer (Listening to Prozac, 1993; Should You Leave?, 1997) is a love letter a fond father writes to his long-estranged son while he waits for the FBI to gather evidence that will convict him of a series of terrorist bombings. Read full book review >

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AGAINST DEPRESSION by Peter D. Kramer
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2005

"A clear, valuable exposition of the progress researchers are making in understanding an all-too-common disease."
A heartfelt argument that depression is not, as many would have it, a source of heroic melancholy and artistic genius, but, rather, a pathological condition that should, if possible, be eradicated. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"A wise and unflinching examination of the ramifications for society—and for the individual—when the capsule replaces the couch."
A provocative volume that sets up the mood-altering Prozac as a tool to examine the growing—and often troubling—use of drugs in the treatment of psychological illness. Read full book review >

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ORDINARILY WELL by Peter D. Kramer
NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2016

"Written with the compassion, verve, and style that are the author's trademark, this book offers an invaluable overview on the state of treatment and the options available."
The 1993 publication of Kramer's Listening to Prozac set off a controversy about the use of mind-altering drugs in the treatment of mental illness that has still to be resolved, a situation the author finds deplorable. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 1997

"Beautifully illustrating the passion, curiosity, intellect, and sensitivity therapists bring to their work, Kramer has produced a tour de force, a book of non-advice more illuminating than any how-to could ever be."
Not only is this a stunning and moving look at the many- layered complexities of intimacy, it is also a neat literary trick. Read full book review >

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PETER by Kate Walker
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"David, a wiser head, comfortable with his preference, one who can offer physical affection without sexual overtones; and, in Peter, a realistically distressed teenager who is finally able to muster enough perspective to weather his crisis. (Fiction. YA)"
When he finds himself attracted to his older brother's gay friend David, Peter is plunged into the kind of sexual uncertainty many young men feel. Read full book review >

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D-DAY by Antony Beevor
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Beevor gets better with each book."
The grand Allied invasion of Normandy had myriad ways to go wrong, writes historian Beevor (The Mystery of Olga Chekhova, 2004, etc.) in this skilled account. Miraculously, it did not. Read full book review >

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JOHNNIE D. by Arthur Winfield Knight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2000

"Baby Face Nelson, J. Edgar Hoover, the Woman in Red, and Dillinger himself provide the details surrounding the violent career and mysterious death of the man who was known across the nation as Public Enemy #1."
Johnnie D. ($22.95; Mar. 6; 224 pp.; 0-312-86759-X): A fictionalized biography of John Dillinger that pieces together the life story of the famed bank robber and desperado through a series of (imagined) interviews with his friends, partners in crime, victims, and pursuers. Read full book review >

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FOUR D by Gregory Morrison
Released: Nov. 23, 2011

"A grab-bag of fables that baffle but also beguile."
Confused people with hazy longings confront mysterious forces in this collection of four enigmatic stories. Read full book review >

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PETER JENNINGS by Kate Darnton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Evocative glimpses of a sorely missed class act."
A warm tribute to the Canadian high-school dropout who anchored ABC's World News Tonight for 22 years. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 5, 1971

"And a serious piece by Carolyn Heilbrun from The American Scholar attesting to the 'enduring' grace of Lord Peter."
A fond recapitulation of the contribution of Dorothy Sayers by James Sandoe who edited this collection running to 430 pages and ending with a parody Codetta by E. C. Bentley. Read full book review >