Search Results: "Russell Shorto"


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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 >

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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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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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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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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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The Tale of Old Man Fischer by Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2014

"A capably written, genre-bending story filled with creepy-crawlies and refreshingly curious humans."
Neighborhood lore becomes a frightening reality for a young boy who dares to trespass on the property of Old Man Fischer in this debut mystery. 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 >

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LOST FOR WORDS by Natalie Russell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"While blander than many available options about writer's block, mustering voice or choosing an art form, this may also be more directly encouraging for readers who need the message, as the results seem so achievable. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An animal struggles toward self-expression, taking inspiration from his friends' creations and realizing he can choose his own art form. Read full book review >

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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 >