Search Results: "Ronald Brownstein"


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Released: June 17, 1981

"Carefully detailed, quietly implacable; a useful and chilling summary."
Most of us will be familiar, at least in general terms, with the incidents detailed in this nine-part collection of reports, but the cumulative effect is still tragic and horrifying. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 18, 1990

A deft wide-angle combination of journalism (more than 300 interviews) and his. tory, chronicling the uneasy embrace between the capital of power and the capital of glamour. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 5, 2007

"Astute examination of a stymied system."
A veteran reporter explains the loss of compromise in contemporary American politics. Read full book review >

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WORLD ON FIRE by Michael Brownstein
Released: May 22, 2002

"'The incidence of skin cancer in Greenland quadruples in twelve years but we just turn the page.' Time to start paying attention, says Brownstein, wisely, time to say that too much is unacceptable."
A concussive harangue on civilization's venal depravity, with short incantatory sentences piled one atop the other like fuel on a bonfire, by fiction-writer Brownstein (Music From the Evening of the World, 1989). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 26, 1999

How to improve back health through exercise, yoga-based stretches, and stress reduction—a reasonable plan. Read full book review >

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THE MAN FROM BEYOND by Gabriel Brownstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini meet in New York and set about plumbing the depths of spiritualism, while an intrepid reporter sniffs around for the truth. Read full book review >

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THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, APT. 3W by Gabriel Brownstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A careful portrait of a very small world: likely to appeal to New Yorkers and New York-ophiles but not-so-likely to travel well."
An elegant if somewhat mannered collection of nine stories, mostly set within the confines of a single apartment building on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Read full book review >

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SUNSHINE REPUBLIC by Ted Brownstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2011

"Powered by a briskly paced and tightly woven storyline, Brownstein's tale is a relentlessly entertaining amalgam of science-fiction mystery and dystopic thriller, with a healthy dose of satire and social commentary thrown in for good measure."
Brownstein's debut science-fiction novel is a near-future thriller set in an environmentally ravaged and newly independent Florida where the largely technophobic population is bitterly divided over the utilization of robots in society. Read full book review >

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HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL by Carrie Brownstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Unlike many rock star memoirs, there's no sense that this book is a chore or a marketing effort. It's revealing and riveting. On the page as in her songs, Brownstein finds the right words to give shape to experience."
First-class account of the life and times of an essential riot grrrl and the band she helped create. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 1993

"But with no chronology, life story, or even obituary, this is an interpretation without a narrative, a biography without a life. (Thirty illustrations, including eight pp. color—not seen)"
In what she claims ``might be called a postmodern biography,'' Brownstein (English/Brooklyn College; Becoming a Heroine, 1982) does not present the life-story of the 19th-century French ``star'' known only as ``Rachel'' (1821-58)—but, rather, she considers her as a ``text,'' interprets her as a ``cultural construct,'' and examines this daughter of peddlers who became an empress of the stage as a ``function of her personal effects.'' ``Stars,'' says Brownstein, because they are ``invented by writers,'' attract other writers, especially biographers—of which Rachel has had many (e.g., Joanna Richardson's Rachel, 1957). Read full book review >

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AL by Ronald Stoltz
Released: Feb. 7, 2016

"For some young readers, this level of ridiculousness, along with the unsophisticated illustrations, may make the book a nonstarter, but others willing to embrace the absurd humor will get plenty of giggles.
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In Stoltz's (Deer Run, 2016, etc.) funny and anachronistic picture book, being different can save the day—especially if you're a vegetarian dinosaur. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL ON THE YELLOW GIRAFFE by Ronald Himler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Paul Fleischman's Sidewalk Circus (p. 221), which is a livelier take, while the quiet tone and assurance of a jeans-clad mom at the girl's side makes this suitable for younger children. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This reissue of a 1976 title has new, soft watercolor illustrations that match the understated tale as city scenes become a fairy tale venue from a young girl's view astride her four-wheeled wooden giraffe scooter. Read full book review >