Search Results: "Robert W. McFarlane"


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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 >

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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 >

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WEDDING DAY DEAD by Robert W. Stephens
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 21, 2015

"As formulaic as its predecessor, this is still a good, lightweight read. And we always knew that Poe and Alana would weather their private storm."
Welcome to paradise, and the further adventures of Poe and Foxx and the lovely Alana Hu, where the only thing to spoil the fun is the occasional murder. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2009

"Hugely entertaining popular history."
The president and editor in chief of Congressional Quarterly offers a lively biography of perhaps the most consequential one-term president in American history. Read full book review >

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"Dawdles occasionally, but ultimately a satisfying tour of 20th-century American politics via the life of two D.C. insiders."
An in-depth biography of 20th-century journalists Joseph and Stewart Alsop from historical writer Merry (A Country of Vast Designs, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 2011

"A tour de force in breadth and depth."
Schaefer's debut is an in-depth critical assessment of the Russo-Chechen conflict that reflects a deep understanding of counterinsurgency in general and how it relates to that region specifically. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A lovely tribute to a father from his son that has limited appeal to those outside the Bradshaw clan."
An eclectic collection of letters from a sailor to his family during and after World War II. Read full book review >