Search Results: "Robin Marantz Henig"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 17, 1993

"Complex science made not just accessible but wholly fascinating, and communicated with a sense of urgency yet without sensationalism. (Seven illustrations—not seen.)"
How and why new viruses ``emerge,'' their possible impact on humanity's future, and what scientists are doing about it. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2000

"Henig not only achieves her goal of making Mendel come alive as a 'flawed but brilliant human being,' but provides a fascinating picture as well of a scientific age when luck and personalities—and not just brains—determined success."
A clear and engaging account of the life and times of the Moravian monk whose passion for numbers and painstaking work with pea plants laid the foundation for the modern science of genetics. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 6, 2004

"A well-documented, highly accessible reminder of the ways in which medical and moral issues intersect and of the roles played by politics, science, religion, money, and the media."
Thought-provoking look back at the controversy stirred up by in vitro fertilization in the 1970s, when opponents warned, with some accuracy, that the new technology was poised at the edge of a "slippery slope" down which lay even more unnatural interventions in human life. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 2012

"An examination that escapes the dangers of overgeneralization to provide provocative information presented compellingly."
A mother and daughter examine the millennials, children born in the United States from 1980 through 1990. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 8, 1992

"Replete with anecdotal material, this offers few new insights but does lay out issues of development that only adoptees face over the course of life."
A rather thin volume that nevertheless will reassure adoptees that it is usual for questions about adoption and birth parents to persist throughout life. Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN IN BOCA by Paula Marantz Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"A silly trifle but clever and fun."
The title says it all. Cohen, a humanities professor and author of several books of scholarly nonfiction, offers a kosher teacake of a first novel loosely fashioned after Pride and Prejudice and elucidating the social mores of genteel Jewish retirees in Boca Raton. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2011

"Despite a sometimes muddled narrative, Marantz presents an ultimately compelling snapshot of an era—and a city—in the throes of social upheaval."
A strange tale involving George Wallace, race relations and high-school basketball in Omaha, Neb. Read full book review >

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A CHICKEN FOLLOWED ME HOME! by Robin Page
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2015

"A delightful and informative book for families wanting to raise chickens or learn where eggs come from. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
In her first foray as solo writer and illustrator, Page, Steve Jenkins' frequent collaborator (and spouse), presents a child-friendly Q-and-A to prepare children for the titular eventuality. Read full book review >

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I USED TO BE THE BABY by Robin Ballard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2002

"Though this child is meant to be a model, he seems more patient and helpful than many children would be. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This effort would fall into the "new sibling issues" category, the premise laid out on the first page, "I used to be the baby, but now I am big. Read full book review >

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BEATRICE BUNSON'S GUIDE TO <i>ROMEO AND JULIET</i> by Paula Marantz Cohen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 15, 2016

"Ideal for those who are charmed by the romance of Shakespeare. And who isn't? (Fiction. 12-15)"
What's the best way to deal with high school drama? Apply the problem-solving strategies of Shakespeare. Read full book review >

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SUZANNE DAVIS GETS A LIFE by Paula Marantz Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Cohen is no Jane Austen, but her latest update on the Marriage Plot is a light romantic comedy featuring witty commentary on contemporary life, enriched by a funny, flawed and likable heroine."
If Jane Austen's heroines can find true love within the confines of their small English villages, why can't a single New Yorker locate Mr. Right among the residents of her large Upper West Side apartment building? Read full book review >

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WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND by Robin Talley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Emotionally astute, with a few gaps. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A relationship between Gretchen, who identifies as a lesbian, and Toni, whose gender identity evolves, suffers growing pains when the two attend college in different cities. Read full book review >