Search Results: "Robert B. Oxnam"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"While the fanciful imagery employed by Oxnam may give his story greater impact, it will not authenticate it for skeptics who question either the existence of MPD as a genuine mental disorder or the legitimacy of recovered memories."
Memoir may not quite be the word to describe this account, which is presented as the work of several personalities, each speaking for him or herself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MING by Robert B. Oxnam
Released: Jan. 20, 1995

"Still, it's more fun to read than a textbook, and almost as informative, and Oxnam keeps things moving along, even in the face of incredulity."
Oxnam (Cinnabar, 1990) spins a well-meaning tale that often sounds campy in its zeal to put a feminist twist on Chinese history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

AFRICAN CRITTERS by Robert B. Haas
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"In an afterword, the author explains his presentation as 'artistic license' to represent his emotional experience, but it, like the cover montage, may misrepresent the animals' world. (glossary, index, references) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Striking photocollages, most in lush color, illustrate, sometimes problematically, this wildlife photographer's account of adventures in animal preserves in southern Africa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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."