Search Results: "Rodney A. Brooks"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 20, 2002

"Intelligent, thoughtful, and (mostly) accessible."
Australian-born Brooks, director of MIT's renowned Artificial Intelligence Lab and chairman of iRobot Corp., offers a unique perspective on the past, present, and future of robotics. Read full book review >

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A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THE SUPREME COURT by Rodney A. Smolla
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A yawner from the Fourth Estate."
Eight legal correspondents and two law professors submit workmanlike essays on some major decisions of the 199293 Supreme Court. Read full book review >

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FREE SPEECH IN AN OPEN SOCIETY by Rodney A. Smolla
NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 1992

"An excellent and important work."
A superb exposition of the significance of free speech and an analysis of how to preserve it in our increasingly complex society. Read full book review >

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THE RUNAWAY TORTILLA by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Anyone who's ever driven across town for the perfect taco will understand the allure of the world's most entertaining tortilla. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Perfection can be dangerous, as restaurateurs Tía Lupe and Tío José discover when one of their delicious tortillas comes to life and runs away. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Unconvincing as an all-encompassing theory of monotheism, but refreshing and moving as a plea for pluralism. (24 halftones)"
An uneven but often provocative assessment of the significance of monotheism as a force in the history of religion. Read full book review >

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CHINABERRY SIDEWALKS by Rodney Crowell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"An unbalanced, frequently depressive autobiography that primarily focuses on the past, leaving little room for the author's resoundingly successful present."
A Grammy-winning singer/songwriter reveals the early genesis of his family, predating a marriage to Rosanne Cash (whose 2010 memoir, Composed, is a can't-miss) and the ascent to musical stardom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 12, 2016

"A book in which the author's fascinating, well-researched ideas regarding holistic health may presage a paradigm shift in medicine."
Fully 90 percent of human cells are microbial. This astonishing fact means that we are not merely human but a superorganism whose "microbiome" plays a major role in health and disease. Read full book review >

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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1992

"A thoughtful and important social document full of deep human insight; essential reading to understand the present-day lives of Native Americans."
Masterful account of the torture/murder of three Navajos by white teenagers. Read full book review >

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THE GRISLY WIFE by Rodney Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"And an absorbing read."
The last of Hall's three-volume imaginative history of Australia (Kisses of the Enemy, 1988; The Second Bridegroom, 1991)- -a riveting novel of miracles, murder, and prophecy in the remote Australian bush. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2006

"A thorough, well-rendered account of Da Ponte's unique talents."
Lively biography of the Italian librettist of Mozart's three most famous operas emphasizes his restless desire for distinction. Read full book review >