Search Results: "Rowan Jacobsen"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Savory information presented on a stylish plate."
A locavore and James Beard Award-winning food writer adapts the French wine-growing concept of terroir, "the taste of place," to champion a variety of foods from the Western hemisphere. Read full book review >

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THE ESSENTIAL OYSTER by Rowan Jacobsen
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Jacobsen may leave noncoastal readers drooling with jealousy, but vicarious oyster slurping is better than none."
This verbally and visually succulent book covers 99 types of oysters, most from the shores of North America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Intelligent, important assessment of a confusing phenomenon and its potentially catastrophic implications."
Culinary writer Jacobsen (A Geography of Oysters, 2007, etc.) takes a laid-back yet terrifying look at the conundrum of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which has devastated honeybees. Read full book review >

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THE LIVING SHORE by Rowan Jacobsen
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Lovely science writing, and a smart look into where the work of ecological restoration is headed. For oyster-eating and other specifics, see the author's James Beard award winner, A Geography of Oysters (2007)."
Jacobsen (Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis, 2008, etc.) presents a science-rich yet lambent investigation into the fate of the Olympia oyster. Read full book review >

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NEVER SAY GOODBYE by Quentin Rowan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"If the rest of this book had the panache of its closing pages, Rowan might almost have atoned for his years of deceit."
An affectedly "literary" confession and apology from a notorious plagiarizer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 2011

"This book is more than memoir; it will serve as inspiration to anyone who fears loss or stagnation in old age."
A lifelong magazine journalist files a striking travelogue of life, inspiration and encouragement for fellow retirees, equally intriguing for anyone who appreciates intellect and wit. Read full book review >

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LESSONS IN LAUGHING OUT LOUD by Rowan Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2012

"One woman's attempt to take charge of her destiny—with a side of magic realism."
An unhappy and overweight single Londoner finds her world transformed after donning a very special pair of shoes. Read full book review >

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LEROY POTTS MEETS THE MCCROOKS by Vivian Sathre
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"A tall-tale contrivance in a wholly controlled, believable entertainment. (Fiction. 5-8)"
In this Yearling First Choice Chapter Book, Sathre (Three Kind Mice, p. 228, etc.) and Barnes-Murphy (who illustrated Frances Barnes-Murphy's Kings and Queens of Britain, 1996) gather their considerable wit and trot out a tale that will flapdoodle and delight beginning readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Filled with the intrigue and high stakes of a spy novel, Jacobsen's history of DARPA is as much a fascinating testament to human ingenuity as it is a paean to endless industrial warfare and the bureaucracy of the military-industrial complex."
The history of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the military's top-secret research and development agency. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 28, 2017

"The occultly inclined will be duly enchanted. The materialists—well, not so much."
Jacobsen (The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency, 2015, etc.) journeys into the realm where the paranormal and the bureaucratic meet. Read full book review >

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RODEO RON AND HIS MILKSHAKE COWS by Rowan Clifford
ANIMALS
Released: May 24, 2005

"Though driven less by a nutritional agenda than by the pleasures of bright colors and cavorting cattle, there is a point, of sorts, here, painlessly presented. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Clifford crafts a Wild West burpfest for his first solo outing, pitting well-established soda-fountain kings Frothy and Fruity in a shake-off against newly arrived, Stetson-topped milk-bar impresario Rodeo Ron and his corps of bovine dispensers. Read full book review >