Search Results: "Robert Macfarlane"


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THE WILD PLACES by Robert Macfarlane
NON-FICTION
Released: June 24, 2008

"Evocative and well-written, a delight for nature and travel buffs."
Award-wining Macfarlane (Mountains of the Mind, 2003) celebrates Great Britain's remaining wilderness. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 2003

"Macfarlane adds his bit to the long lore of mountaineering, but his encounters with the peaks themselves have special presence and acuity. (b&w illustrations)"
A crisp historical study of the sensations and emotions people have brought to (and taken from) mountains, laced with the author's own experiences scrambling among the peaks. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2012

"A breathtaking study of 'walking as enabling sight and thought rather than encouraging retreat and escape.'"
Macfarlane (English/Cambridge Univ.; The Wild Places, 2008, etc.) returns with another masterful, poetic travel narrative. Read full book review >

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LANDMARKS by Robert Macfarlane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Lucent, lyrical prose evokes Macfarlane's aesthetic, ethical, and powerfully tactile response to nature's enchantments."
A prizewinning naturalist explores the connection between what we say and how we see. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 2004

"Those Twinings cans may be decorative, but the history of their contents is not always so pretty, even as it makes for an absorbing read. (14 b&w illustrations)"
Somewhat stiff but unfailingly informative history of tea, from the widow and son of a tea planter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 2004

"Those Twinings cans may be decorative, but the history of their contents is not always so pretty, even as it makes for an absorbing read. (14 b&w illustrations)"
Somewhat stiff but unfailingly informative history of tea, from the widow and son of a tea planter. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A remarkable and beautifully written book in which the rich stuff of family and local history join together to entertain, to instruct, and to move deeply."
Like the legendary stories his Newfoundland relatives told—stories that flowed back and forth, picking up after interruptions—Macfarlane offers a book in which personal memoir, history, and reflection on war all come together in one memorable, luminous whole. Read full book review >

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THE FIGURES OF BEAUTY by David Macfarlane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Patient readers can mine nuggets of wisdom and graceful writing beneath a frustratingly dense surface."
Intertwining stories of love, creativity and bad decisions span five centuries and two continents in beautifully crafted prose. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 26, 2015

"Certain to be a successful fundraiser, this somewhat rambling account is jampacked with convincing details of the author's experiences and portraits of people he admires."
The founder and director of Mary's Meals tells how that charity began and how it has grown into an organization that feeds hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren in countries around the world. Read full book review >

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STORMSTRUCK! by John Macfarlane
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2015

"An exciting adventure with true depth. (Fiction. 8-12) "
Determined to save Pogo, his elderly Labrador retriever, from being put down, 12-year-old Sam sets sail on his catboat for an island just off the coast of Maine. Read full book review >

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TO RUSSIA WITH FRIES by George Cohon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 1999

"Like the billionth Big Mac, it's not haute cuisine but is satisfactory on its own level. (32 pages b&w photos)"
The golden arches of McDonald's, resplendent in the dour precincts of Pushkin Square, are symbols of the triumph of capitalism. Read full book review >