Search Results: "Richard Barnett"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"A toper's pleasure, though perhaps it should come with a warning label."
Gin and tonic? Gin rickey? Gin gimlet? Stop being so prissy: In this lively history, Barnett (Medical London, 2008, etc.) notes that the way to drink gin is neat, "with perhaps an occasional dash of bitters to soften the rough edge of pot-still spirit." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Thorough and packed with data but a touch dry. General readers will find much of the same information in Brian Fagan's more engaging book Elixir (2011)."
Water, water everywhere. Or not. Read full book review >

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THE SPARK by Kristine Barnett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2013

"An invigorating, encouraging read."
A memoir that attempts to answer the question, how do we determine the differences between gifted and disabled? Read full book review >

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THE DAYS OF SUMMER by Jill Barnett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2006

"Pallid novel that banks on flimsy contrivance."
A highly contrived romantic saga set in sumptuous Southern California brings together successive generations of two families after a definitive car accident. Read full book review >

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Accidental Arrival by Lutricia Barnett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2016

"An engaging narrative voice and thoughtful back story add depth to a fairly standard portal-adventure plot."
In this YA fantasy novel, a teenage girl unexpectedly travels to another planet, where she learns that Earth may soon join an intergalactic coalition. Read full book review >

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RAIN by Cynthia Barnett
NON-FICTION
Released: April 21, 2015

"Highlights the severity of some of our environmental problems with knowledge, humor, urgency and hope."
An environmental journalist returns with a multifaceted examination of the science, the art, the technology and even the smell of rain throughout history. Read full book review >

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“Men are often taken, like rabbits, by the ears,” observed the British literary critic F.L. Lucas. He added, “And though the tongue has no bones, it can break millions of them.” Yes, it can: we live in an age of broken bones, one in which the power-hungry are grabbing at—well, ears, if nothing else, by which we ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1996

"Both Custer-phobes and Custer-philes would do well to study this work, but it may just as profitably be read as a major addition to the history of American culture. (For another life of Custer, see Jeffry D. Wert, Custer: The Controversial Life of George Armstrong Custer, p. 592.)"
In this far-reaching, perceptive study of the tragic hero of the Little Bighorn, Barnett (English/Rutgers Univ.) traces the events of the postCivil War decade leading up to the ``Last Stand'' and examines how Custer became firmly rooted in the American imagination. Read full book review >

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GIDEON SMITH AND THE MECHANICAL GIRL by David Barnett
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Often absorbing, though none too original and rather glum in tone."
Steampunk adventure in the manner of the old penny dreadfuls, from the author of Angelglass (2007). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VERSIONS OF US by Laura Barnett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Fans of the novel One Day and the movie Sliding Doors will want to pick up this debut."
The multiverse migrates out of science fiction for a fling with romance. Read full book review >

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MUSTACHE! by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"The king can't beat them, so he joins them, clueless until the end, and kids will giggle all the way. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Barnett delivers a sweet slap to vanity. Read full book review >