Search Results: "Richard C. Francis"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2011

"In his zeal, Francis provides a primer of a new science that will please some readers; others may want—and can expect—more in-depth accounts to come."
Science writer Francis (Why Men Won't Ask for Directions, 2003) sets out to dethrone the notion that genes are the "directors" of the "plays" that are our lives, orchestrating our development and determining our risk for disease and sundry physical and behavioral traits. Read full book review >

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DOMESTICATED by Richard C. Francis
NON-FICTION
Released: May 25, 2015

"A highly illuminating look at the cross-species biological basis for human culture and sociability."
"The human population explosion has been bad for most other living things, but not so for those lucky enough to warrant domestication," writes science journalist Francis (Epigenetics: The Ultimate Mystery of Inheritance, 2011, etc.) in this provocative account of the latest developments in the field of evolutionary biology.Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A splendid account, highly recommended to all readers interested in early American history, women's studies, or the history of religion."
An elegantly written life of the enigmatic and powerfully charismatic Shaker prophet. Read full book review >

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PROSPECT HILL by Richard Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 2004

"A veddy British story for fans of Amis père et fils, Malcolm Bradbury, and even Dickens. Nicely done."
Life is a series of accidents—that just gets weirder when you throw in politics. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2005

"Fresh, insightfully written investigation of how colonial Puritanism's core beliefs and ragged edges produced its most ungodly legacy."
The life and turbulent times of the only judge fully to recant the actions of a court that sent 19 accused witches to the gallows in colonial Massachusetts. Read full book review >

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THE PARADIGM PROPHECIES by Richard Francis Moore
Released: Aug. 12, 2016

"An energetic accounting of life's maladies and their survivability, conducted through prose and poetry."
A debut book offers a wide-ranging and deeply personal study of the process of individual healing. Read full book review >

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TAKING APART THE POCO POCO by Richard Francis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"Brilliant set-pieces aside, Francis delivers curiously underdeveloped people in a workmanlike plot—memorable mostly for one very mixed-up dog."
A teasing domestic comedy set in today's grubby northern England, centering on a single day that threatens to tear a family apart. Read full book review >

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CRANE POND by Richard Francis
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A finely crafted consideration of responsibility within a familiar historical tale."
A judge who presided at the Salem witch trials comes to repent of his role. Read full book review >

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APPRECIATIONS
by Gregory McNamee

“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

LUCKY by Richard C. Hawkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A tender tale worth adding to your holiday library. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A young tree experiences the magic, and fleeting nature, of the Christmas season. Read full book review >

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MURDER IN PORT AUX BASQUES by Richard C. Thuss
Released: Oct. 24, 2012

"A laid-back and enjoyable mystery."
In Thuss' (The Effect on the Soul, 2011, etc.) thriller, a vacationing widower becomes ensnared in an international terrorist plot in Newfoundland, Canada. Read full book review >

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Cancer Family by C. Richard Boland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2015

"A hopeful account of the value of persistence, cooperation, and science in understanding and conquering disease."
A physician describes his lifelong quest to solve the riddle of the cancers that afflict his family. Read full book review >