Search Results: "Robert B. Laughlin"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 3, 2011

"A work of intricate research free of hype, offering serious pros and cons with a sometimes whimsical flourish."
Nobel Prize winner Laughlin (Physics/Stanford Univ.; The Crime of Reason: And the Closing of the Scientific Mind, 2008, etc.) invites readers on an "armchair journey" to a future devoid of petroleum, coal and natural gas, proposing alternative resources. Read full book review >

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FROM SOMALIA, WITH LOVE by Na’ima B. Robert
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"But for readers willing to work, Safia is worth knowing. (glossary) (Fiction. 11-14)"
Somalia is still in the news after years of civil war, and its war refugees go to many countries. Read full book review >

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BLUE AS THE LAKE by Robert B. Stepto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

"Stepto is too proud to —pass,— like one of his relatives did, and this memoir rebuilds a rock-solid island in the past that he can retreat to whenever being African-American feels like too much of a conundrum."
A memoir by an African-American college professor (English and Afro-American Studies/Yale) that is a both a summertime boyhood idyll and a jarring coming-of-age tale. Read full book review >

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PLAYMATES by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1989

"Thinly plotted, including one highly extraneous murder—but fast, breezy, and with enough of the usual trimmings (fancy cooking, smart one-liners, tough-guy preening) to please undemanding fans."
Which came first—the "Spenser" TV series or the Spenser novels that read like run-of-the-mill television scripts? Read full book review >

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HIDDEN HISTORIES OF SCIENCE by Robert B. Silvers
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"An excellent examination of important issues in the biological sciences; a companion volume discussing the physical sciences in similar style and depth would be a welcome addition to the New York Review catalogue."
Based on a series of popular lectures at the New York Public Library, this collection features original essays by leading writers and thinkers in the sciences: Jonathan Miller, Stephen Jay Gould, Daniel J. Kevles, R.C. Lewontin, and Oliver Sacks. Read full book review >

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PERISH TWICE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 2, 2000

"214) to show up."
Artist/shamus Sunny Randall's second case (Family Honor, 1999) might be called A Tale of Two Stalkers. Read full book review >

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ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Robert B. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Parker is in fine form."
Three generations' worth of love and obsession are the foundation of this tightly worked novel by the author of the popular Spenser series. Read full book review >

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SEA CHANGE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 7, 2006

"Though every single character has, at most, two speeds—furtive self-concealment and blustering wisecracks—Jesse's fifth case (after Stone Cold, 2003) is strong enough to rank near his best."
A ravaged corpse that bobs to the surface of Paradise Harbor during Race Week leads Jesse Stone to a surprisingly intricate case of sex and murder. Read full book review >

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PAPER DOLL by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1993

"With more mystery than most Spenser tales, and with the emphasis on sins of the soul, this is Parker as Chandler—and very well done."

BOOK REVIEW

Hidden Truth from Prophecy-Beyond 2012 by Robert B. Scott
Released: Oct. 26, 2012

"A spirited, highly imaginative dissection of the postponed apocalypse."
An explanatory guide to end-times prophecies that centered on the year 2012. Read full book review >

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HUGGER MUGGER by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 3, 2000

"The famous dialogue is polished to a high shine, and though Hugger-Mugger gets a bit helter-skelter down the stretch, it's a terrific return to form."
Feeling somewhat out of his element, Spenser nevertheless hires on when Walter Clive, president of Three Fillies Stables, offers him this horse-watching gig. Read full book review >

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SCHOOL DAYS by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Spenser's most wide-ranging, deeply felt and penetrating case in years, one that will leave you wondering why, as one kid says, violence doesn't break out at schools more often."
Just when you thought the Spenser saga (Cold Service, 2005, etc.) had tailed off into attitude and wryly clipped trash talk, Parker socks another home run with a tale ripped from not-so-recent headlines. Read full book review >