Search Results: "Robert B. McKersie"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Invaluable for scholars of the era, though many readers will yearn for more of the author's warm, human voice."
A veteran academic recalls his involvement in the meetings, demonstrations and civil unrest at the dawn of his career at the University of Chicago. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Short and lively, this is a timely contribution to making the ongoing discussion more productive."
Reich (Public Policy/Univ. of California, Berkeley; Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future, 2011, etc.) spells out what he thinks citizens need to do to ensure Washington acts on behalf of the public good, not special interests. 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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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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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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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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OLYMPUS CONFIDENTIAL by Robert B. Warren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2014

"In his second caper (Murder on Olympus, 2013) Plato plays Bob Hope to Felix's Bing Crosby, keeping the plot rattling blissfully along with cartoonish action and wisecracks aplenty."
Olympian shamus Plato Jones faces his toughest assignment yet: breaking out of prison. 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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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 >

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Death of a Messenger by Robert B. McCaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A tautly paced, impressively accomplished police procedural marking the beginning of a promising mystery series."
Hawaii forms the lush backdrop for a veteran detective's attempt to foil a grisly murder plot involving priceless looted artifacts. 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."

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EARLY AUTUMN by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 2, 1980

"Kramer than The Maltese Falcon—disappointing for mystery lovers, nice enough (with a fair number of well-earned laughs along the way) for those tolerant of Parker's particular brand of tough-guy treacle."
It's becoming abundantly clear that gifted Mr. Parker is no longer interested in devising mysteries or even much action/adventure for Boston's macho-sensitive shamus Spenser. Read full book review >