Search Results: "Russell Shorto"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"Shorto's rather breathless approach offers a simplified, and thus inadequate, portrait of the nature and history of the movement he is trying to legitimize."
An enthusiastic but overly sensationalized synthesis of ``historical Jesus'' scholarship. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

Psychiatry and psychology are disciplines that ostensibly study the soul ("psyche"), yet this emphasis was almost entirely absent from the time William James first took a psychiatrist's lens to the varieties of religious experience until M. Scott Peck came to dominate the bestseller lists with psychospiritual advice in the 1980s. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 2004

"A bright social history of New Amsterdam that gives the Dutch their due as the first facilitators of its fabled diversity."
The all-but-forgotten origins of Manhattan, told with humor and an acute eye for primary sources. Read full book review >

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AMSTERDAM by Russell Shorto
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Vigorous, erudite and eminently readable."
The dynamic historical account of a vibrantly complex European city and the legacy of social, political and economic liberalism it bequeathed to the Western world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"Learning lightly worn but hard won; would that all philosophical history were so accessible."
An oddly enjoyable excursus into Enlightenment history, courtesy of René Descartes's dismembered cadaver and pop-science/history writer Shorto (The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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CAREERS FOR ANIMAL LOVERS by Russell Shorto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 1992

"Glossary-index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Another in the ``Choices'' career series, presenting 14 animal-related jobs for men and women: zookeeper, pet-show operator, game warden, illustrator, dairy farmer, etc. While the many photos are appealing and the firsthand accounts may spark interest, the information here is scanty, and the ``Further Reading'' is dated. Read full book review >

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CAREERS FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO PERFORM by Russell Shorto
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 15, 1992

"The glossary-index is of little use. (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
In the ``Choices'' career series, brief interviews with 14 performers—e.g., a juggler, comedian, actor, dancer, and model. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Fans of Brit humor will enjoy, but gird your suspension of disbelief; it's going to get a workout. (Animal fantasy. 9-12)"
Dotty Ida White's equally daffy rare-breed sheep return for more fleecy (mis)adventures. Read full book review >

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BROWN RABBIT IN THE CITY by Natalie Russell
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"Her strength remains her mix of warmly colored drawings and prints that seem lifted right out of a street scene in the West Village and strike the perfect balance between hip and cozy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Following up on Moon Rabbit (2009), Russell brings the same charm to this sequel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Young fans of deadpan Brit humor will enjoy this fleecy romp, though it may take some time before they fully understand all of the cultural witticisms. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
The five rare-breed sheep of dear old Ida White's Eppingham farm are having a good cud chew one afternoon when something strange falls from the heavens and clocks Sal, an officious but well-meaning ewe, on the noggin. Read full book review >

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MOON RABBIT by Natalie Russell
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"Vintage-looking patterns decorate shades, vases, even trees and create an experience as pleasant as tea and a scone. (Picture book. 3-5)"
In this tale spun as sweet as sugar (previously published in the United Kingdom), a little rabbit enjoys her city life. Read full book review >

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GOLDILOCKS by Janice Russell
adapted by Janice Russell, illustrated by Janice Russell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A good, simple edition. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An unembellished retelling of the enduring tale. Read full book review >