Search Results: "Robert Root-Bernstein"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 20, 1997

"While enjoyable just for its wonderful stories, this charming and literate work casts new light on old wives' tales."
What would at first appear to be a collection of entertaining anecdotes about some weird-sounding, even stomach-churning old remedies is in fact much more: a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of medical traditions. Read full book review >

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POSTSCRIPTS by Robert Root
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"An uneven collection in which too many parts read more like a journeyman's records of where he's been and what he's seen than the work of a longtime teacher of the art of literary nonfiction."
A disparate, often disappointing collection of essays on place and time, enlivened by the inclusion of pertinent excerpts from the writings of E.B. White. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Bernstein's prose is sharp and his profiles are sensitive, but we are left wanting to know more about his own family's struggles with homophobia."
A compelling portrait of straight parents involved in the gay rights movement. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2009

"A worthy addition to Colorado literature."
Amiable, bookish wanderings along paths blazed by a genteel lady in the Rockies more than a century ago. Read full book review >

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HAPPENSTANCE by Robert Root
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Although the narrative is occasionally meandering and stolid, the best sections address the difficulties inherent in coming to terms with parental imperfections."
A nonfiction-writing professor muses on the random occurrences that led to his parents' troubled marriage and its subsequent effects on his own trajectory. Read full book review >

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SPEAKING FREELY by Robert L. Bernstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A well-written book for lovers of book publishing and supporters of human rights."
Former Random House President Bernstein gives a fascinating history of publishing in the 20th century and traces the beginnings of the human rights movement. Read full book review >

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MESSENGER, MESSENGER by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"Children will accept and appreciate the rhythm of a life they glimpse every day. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In propulsive rhymed couplets, Burleigh (Hercules, 1999, etc.) tells a day in the life of a bicycle messenger in a city inspired by Chicago. Read full book review >

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THE BIRDS OF KILLINGSWORTH by Robert D. San Souci
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Without an adult's encouragement, however, young readers may not pick this up or stay with it on their own. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In contrast to the common tendency to set straightforward stories for children in rhyme, San Souci (The Silver Charm, below, etc.) has taken a narrative poem and set it in prose. Read full book review >

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BY MY BROTHER’S SIDE by Tiki Barber
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A great gift for brothers, too. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The Barber twins not only play professional football for the NFL, they're also both great enough to be stars. Read full book review >

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GUMBRELLA by Barry  Root
by Barry Root, illustrated by Barry Root
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Deadpan expressions and low-key reactions enhance the ambiguity of this veteran illustrator's faintly offbeat solo debut. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The tone is light, the pictures are bright—but there's a hint of Stephen King in this tale of a big sister who loves playing doctor to small injured creatures so much that she won't let them go when they're healed. Read full book review >

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HOTTIE by Jonathan Bernstein
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Though this one-joke paperback original goes on a little too long, seasoned chick-lit readers are bound to enjoy this Malibu-Barbie-makeover of a traditionally men-in-tights trope. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Firestarter meets The O.C. in this mindlessly fun superhero send-up. Read full book review >