Search Results: "Roy Jacobsen"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILD WONDER by Roy Jacobsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Jacobsen has a reputation. This work can only harm it."
From the respected Norwegian novelist (The New Water, 1997, etc.), an artless trifle about the impact of a small girl on a family in Oslo. Read full book review >

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THE NEW WATER by Roy Jacobsen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1997

"A superbly constructed thriller, and a memorable characterization of a man who scarcely knows himself whether he's hero, villain, or victim."
A claustrophobic and riveting psychological novel, the first English translation of a prizewinning Norwegian writer whose terse fiction has—perhaps inevitably—been compared to that of his great countryman Knut Hamsun. Read full book review >

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BORDERS by Roy Jacobsen
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An artful deconstruction of nationalism through the prism of personal loss and reconciliation. Read Jacobsen's novel carefully to savor its images and themes."
In the immediate aftermath of World War II, a son named Robert is born to Maria, a Belgian teacher and nurse, in the Ardennes, a borderland region spanning Belgium, Luxembourg, France, and Germany. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Full of the eww factor, up-to-date facts and kid appeal, this splendid, gory introduction is not for the faint of heart! (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Every fall, great white sharks return to feed on the seals and sea lions that migrate to the Farallon Islands just off the San Francisco coast, providing an opportunity for scientific study. Read full book review >

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THE ROMAN TWINS by Roy Gerrard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Told in rhyming verse, the genial book is inhabited by Gerrard's characteristically dwarfish people, living among extraordinarily detailed buildings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Gerrard (Wagons West!, 1996, etc.) takes on Goths and the Roman Empire with a uniquely upended story of twins. Read full book review >

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WAGONS WEST! by Roy Gerrard
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 1996

"Fun and familiar. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An intrepid (if squat) band of homesteaders makes the wagon train run from Missouri to Oregon in the 1850s. Read full book review >

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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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Perceptive, methodical, and dull. (28 photos & 2 maps, not seen)"
Plodding narrative and slack writing plague this account of the fierce 1870s events that set the stage for the legends surrounding Billy the Kid. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"One long kvetch that health care reformers can safely ignore."
A collection of doctor-bashing stories and gripes about medical care compiled by a father-son team in the health care industry. Read full book review >