Search Results: "Robert W. McFarlane"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 13, 1992

"Peckerwood Politics'' that have led to the woodpecker's imperilment, McFarlane's discussions of avian territoriality, breeding, nesting, and anatomy have great depth, expanding our understanding of a single species into a broad appreciation of ecology. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Densely packed, adroitly written life history of the red- cockaded woodpecker by McFarlane, a ``woodpecker expert and conservationist.'' Red-cockaded woodpeckers are perfectly adapted to the pine forest—once enormous—that started at the Gulf Coast, ran a thousand miles to the Atlantic, and up to the Chesapeake Bay. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 10, 2012

"Fans of local color and eccentric characters won't be disappointed."
Colorful characters populate Stephens' (Nature of Evil, 2012) murder mystery set in a tropical paradise. Read full book review >

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SACRED MYTHS by Marilyn McFarlane
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Stick with more focused collections, such as Virginia Hamilton's In The Beginning (1988). (glossary, pronunciation guide, further reading) (Anthology. 9-12)"
Subtitled ``Stories of World Religions,'' this is a flashy but piecemeal collection of 35 short myths, legends, and folktales, all drawn from—or shoehorned into—seven living traditions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, generic Native American, and Sacred Earth, the ``Earth-centered movement that has developed in the late twentieth century [called variously] Paganism, Neo-Paganism, Wicca, Goddess Religion, Eco-Feminism, New Age Spirituality, the Old Tradition. . . . '' Every creed is introduced with an account of its history and values, plus a characteristic version of the Golden Rule, followed by retellings of incidents from the lives of its prophets and leaders, and well-known episodes from its literature or tradtions. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT GUEST by Fiona McFarlane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A pleasurable novel, with turns of plot and phrase both startling and elegant."
An enrapturing debut novel that toys with magical realism while delivering a fresh fable. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOD IS ALIVE AND WELL by Robert W. Walker
Released: Aug. 28, 2017

"A controversial characterization of God as a being of perfect energy."
An avant-garde guide to spiritual wholeness. Read full book review >

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AS GOOD AS GOLD by Robert W. Killick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2017

"A cheerful, if unevenly written, remembrance about marriage, business, and chemistry."
An organic chemist and businessman details his unusual journey in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

A vigorous biography (the second this year: see Edwin M. Yoder Jr.'s Joe Alsop's Cold War, p. 156) of the brothers whose journalistic opinion shaped American foreign policy through much of the Cold War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 5, 2014

"The informative, eye-catching catalog of an architectural and artistic gem."
Gorgeous art and the religious meaning that inspired it are highlighted in this engaging, lavishly illustrated guide to a landmark New York church. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 26, 2012

"Entertaining and likely to teach most readers something new—an especially good read in an election year."
Rating the presidents is a fascinating game. Merry (A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent, 2009) looks at the criteria and invites readers to make their own assessments. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1991

"An evocative delight for nostalgia buffs as well as devotees of the diamond game and its storied past. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
A thoroughly agreeable and digressive trip down memory lane with a lifelong fan of the national pastime. Read full book review >