Search Results: "Robert Wald Sussman"


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THE MYTH OF RACE by Robert Wald Sussman
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Despite irritating scholarly touches such as footnotes mixed in with text, Sussman delivers a lucidly written, eye-opening account of a nasty sociological battle that the good guys have been winning for a century without eliminating a very persistent enemy."
In this earnest, often angry history of a hot-button subject, Sussman (Physical Anthropology/Washington Univ.; co-author: Man the Hunted: Primates, Predators, and Human Evolution, 2005) argues that "biological races do not exist among modern humans and they have never existed in the past." Read full book review >

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STRAY by Elissa Sussman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Readers who remain intrigued by Aislynn's world will have to wait for the next book. (Fantasy. 12-18)
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Fairy-tale tropes are turned on their heads in this exploration of class and ideology. Read full book review >

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THE HIDDEN OASIS by Paul Sussman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Above-average middle doesn't quite compensate for a slow start and painfully bloated conclusion."
Egyptologists, gangsters and spies race across the desert in search of an ancient oasis and the treasure concealed therein. Read full book review >

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THE LAST SECRET OF THE TEMPLE by Paul Sussman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Clunky prose swaddles a frantic but unexceptional plot."
The search for a hidden treasure that will be either a blessing or a curse for the state of Israel reopens wounds from the Holocaust and threatens to worsen the state of Arab-Israeli relations, if such a thing is possible. Read full book review >

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THE LABYRINTH OF OSIRIS by Paul Sussman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A mayhem-rich view of the world through the eyes of mummies and villains, and a lot of fun."
Taut, entertaining archaeological murder mystery-meets-spy thriller by genre-meister Sussman (The Hidden Oasis, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 31, 2006

"'The hitchhiker's most constant, implacable enemy,' writes Wald, 'is simple boredom.' Readers of his book may share the feeling."
Tedious chronicle of a cross-country hitchhiking trip. Read full book review >

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DYLAN GOES ELECTRIC! by Elijah Wald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2015

"An enjoyable slice of 20th-century music journalism almost certain to provide something for most readers, no matter one's personal feelings about Dylan's music or persona."
Music journalist and musician Wald (Talking 'Bout Your Mama: The Dozens, Snaps, and the Deep Roots of Rap, 2014, etc.) focuses on one evening in music history to explain the evolution of contemporary music, especially folk, blues, and rock.Read full book review >

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THE FORT ON FOURTH STREET by Lois Spangler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Readers will be 'plane' inclined to ditch this screw-up. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
An introduction to simple machines that goes wrong at "Fort" and just gets worse. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 1996

"Wald writes with a simplicity and frankness that are unusual but perfectly suited to her subject."
Strange and unsettling stories of sadomasochism (originally self-published) from a newcomer who obviously knows the territory. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"It's a huge business, drugs, drug-fueled revolution, and singing about them, and Wald does a superb job of taking his readers into that world."
A fascinating journey south and north of the border on the trail of songs about marijuana, cocaine, and Monica Lewinsky. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2009

"One of those rare books that aims to upend received wisdom and actually succeeds."
A bracing, inclusive look at the dramatic transformation in the way music was produced and listened to during the 20th century. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Some solid observations ultimately get mired in the Mississippi mud."
A reconsideration of the Mississippi blues singer's legend in the context of the popular music of his time. Read full book review >