Search Results: "Phyllis Pollema-Cahill"


BOOK REVIEW

ALWAYS MY BROTHER by Jean Reagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"On the whole, though, as comforting as a book about the death of a sibling can be. (Picture book. 5-9)"
"My brother John and I were best buddies," Becky tells readers. Read full book review >

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CARPOOL by Mary Cahill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 1991

"Cahill stumbles repeatedly in her eagerness to seduce the reader—a failed effort, though likely to engage the sympathies of other carpoolers across the country."
Erma Bombeck meets Angela Lansbury with unfortunate results in this suburban mystery featuring a carpooling mom, a dead farmer, a stone-faced Indian detective, and an assortment of aimlessly adulterous bit players—all manipulated with amateurish enthusiasm by this veteran carpooler and first-time Baltimore writer. Read full book review >

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PECKED TO DEATH BY DUCKS by Tim Cahill
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Not up to Road Fever's turbo-charged standards but, still, manna for Cahill fans, who should be legion by now."
The master of adventure writing (Road Fever, 1991; A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg, 1989, etc.) continues his spree with another collection of high-wire essays culled from National Geographic, Rolling Stone, etc. ``I have been in the business of giving people back their dreams,'' declares Cahill, who means to say that he does what others only dare to dream about. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"Nonetheless, in an age crowded with bloated, pedantic tomes, Cahill offers a refreshingly succinct, illuminating, and readable summary of the Hebrew Bible's enduring wisdom and influence. (Author tour)"
An engrossing overview of the values and sensibilities of the Hebrew Bible, and of how decisively they have influenced our own. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"An amusing diversion, good for your next long flight."
Cahill (Pass the Butterworms, 1997, etc.), the founding editor of Outside magazine, has culled these diverse and diverting pieces from books by Dave Barry, Bill Bryson, J.P. Donleavy, Mark Salzman, David Sedaris, and other travel-writers and editors. Read full book review >

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A SAINT ON DEATH ROW by Thomas Cahill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2009

"Sad and revealing, but less powerful than other prison sagas like Thomas Gaddis' classic Birdman of Alcatraz or, more recently, John Carlin's Playing the Enemy."
Digressing from his previous focus on the formative years of Western civilization (The Mysteries of the Middle Ages, 2006, etc.), Cahill gives a personal account of a Texan executed in 2004 for a 1992 murder. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 24, 2006

"Not an original scholar, Cahill serves as an irresistible guide: never dull, sometimes provocative, often luminous."
A prodigiously gifted popularizer of Western philosophical and religious thought spotlights exemplary Christians in the High Middle Ages. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"Forget the travel angle and just enjoy this as a sampler of notable Irish prose and poetry, old and new."
A strained marriage of Irish literature and travelogue. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"Cold comfort for Cahill, high entertainment for his readers."
Cahill (Pecked to Death by Ducks, 1993, etc.) delivers all the goods—vibrancy, wit, intelligence—anyone could hope for from adventure travel writing in this, his fourth, collection. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"The breadth of Cahill's knowledge and his jocular style of writing make for a remarkable book."
Cahill (A Saint on Death Row: The Story of Dominique Green, 2009, etc.) sets his delightfully analytic mind to the major transformations prompted by the Renaissance and Reformation. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 1999

"A straightforward, unremarkable rehash. (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)"
A middlebrow history of Jesus and the development of the early church, the third of seven projected volumes examining what Cahill (The Gifts of the Jews, 1998, etc.) refers to as the —Hinges of History.— Almost every life of Christ since Renan's has been revisionist as a matter of course and has usually revealed far more about its author than its subject. Read full book review >